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NASA’s Opals to beam data from space via laser

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NASA will use the International Space Station to test a new communications technology that could dramatically improve spacecraft communications, enhance commercial missions and strengthen transmission of scientific data. The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science, an optical technology demonstration experiment, could improve NASA’s data rates for communications with future spacecraft by a factor of 10 to…

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Air Force Support for a Metamaterial Future

Posted September 20, 2013 by Robert P. White, Ph.D.

Metamaterials have been in the news lately – and not only in technical journals. That is because the attributes of metamaterials are seemingly magical. When arranged just so, these extremely small manmade elements can alter the character of electromagnetic radiation in ways that no other material – either natural or manmade – can. One such…

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DARPAs role to change whats possible, director says

Posted March 28, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

As part of the Defense Department’s science and technology community, the role of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is to change what’s possible, the DARPA director said March 26. DARPA makes pivotal early investments that allow the department to “take big steps forward in our national security capabilities, Arati Prabhakar told members of the…

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NASA selects U.S. small business technology transfer projects for further development

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NASA has selected 23 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue the development of innovative technologies that will support future agency mission needs and may also prove viable as commercial products and services.

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NASA’s IceBridge Antarctic campaign wraps up

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NASA’s Operation IceBridge recently completed its 2014 Antarctic campaign, marking the mission’s sixth set of flights over Antarctica.

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New ONR program aims to develop solid-state laser weapons for ships

Posted May 8, 2012 by by Grace Jean

To help sailors defeat small boat threats and aerial targets without using bullets, the Office of Naval Research wants to develop a solid-state laser weapon prototype that will demonstrate multi-mission...

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Whatever floats your roboboat: competition engages students in STEM

Posted June 26, 2012 by by Katherine H. Crawford

An international lineup of university teams raced custom-built autonomous surface vehicles at the fifth annual RoboBoat competition, held June 20-24 in Virginia Beach, Va. The competition-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation-is an autonomous robotics challenge where teams put their ASVs through a marked navigation channel…

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Division West soldiers test new technology to defeat IEDs

Posted August 13, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Aaron Dorf

Military combat engineers and civilian technical experts gathered here recently to conduct a series of experiments aimed at providing soldiers with new technology in the counter-improvised explosive device fight.

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NASA releases interactive space communications mobile game app

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Just in time for World Space Week, NASA has released a new mobile application that challenges gamers to take on the role of a space communications network manager and puts them in charge of building a communications network to support scientific missions. The educational application, “Space Communications and Navigation: NetworKing,” was developed at NASA’s Ames…

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Robot to serve as future military’s pack mule

Posted December 21, 2012 by Terri Moon Cronk

The war fighter who carries up to 100 pounds of equipment on his back is expected to get relief from the cumbersome weight, officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency say. Enter the robot. Itís not just any robot. DARPAís semiautonomous Legged Squad Support System – also known as the LS3 – will carry…

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