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Women soldiers to test female-specific body armor

Posted July 23, 2012 by by JD Leipold

Today, both male and female soldiers wear body armor that has been designed for men. But the Army plans to field to women next summer...

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New NASA book reveals pressure suits are height of fashion

Posted September 5, 2012 by

NASA has published a colorful, picture-filled book that details the development and use of the protective clothing worn by test pilots, astronauts and others as they soar high above Earth. “Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits – Wiley Post to Space Shuttle” provides a 526-page survey of the partial- and full-pressure suits designed to…

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Versatility critical to future Army capabilities

Posted October 31, 2012 by Janeene Yarber

The Army is looking ahead as it prepares for the security challenges of 2020 and beyond. During the 2012 Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, senior leaders highlighted the value of both adaptability and versatility as the Army focuses on this critical transition period. “Every now and then someone will ask me…

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‘Gliding’ to space: A novel means of launching space satellites

Posted January 18, 2013 by

NASA image Early artist rendering of the Towed Glider Air-Launch Concept, showing the towed glider following rocket launch. A notional tow aircraft is seen clearing the launch area. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center is developing a novel rocket-launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch Concept that could significantly reduce the cost and improve the efficiency…

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Navy leaders announce plans for deploying cost-saving laser technology

Posted April 8, 2013 by

Video:http://youtu.be/OmoldX1wKYQ Navy photograph by John F. Williams The Laser Weapon System temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. Citing a series of…

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NASA flights target how pollution, storms, climate mix

Posted June 7, 2013 by

NASA photograph NASA’s DC-8 airborne science laboratory. NASA aircraft will take to the skies over the southern United States this summer to investigate how air pollution and natural emissions, which are pushed high into the atmosphere by large storms, affect atmospheric composition and climate. NASA will conduct its most complex airborne science campaign of the…

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NASA selects 2013 NASA Innovative Advanced Technology Concepts for continued study

Posted September 4, 2013 by

NASA has selected six technology proposals for continued study under the agency’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. The proposals selected for Phase 2 of the 2013 NIAC Program address a range of visionary concepts including photonic laser thrusters, extreme sample return, and innovative spherical robots designed for planetary exploration. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate based the…

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Flight Opportunities Program busy in 2013; even more so in 2014

Posted February 19, 2014 by tomlear

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program of the agency's Space Technology Mission Directorate accomplished its busiest year in 2013 since its inception in late 2010, and 2014 promises to be even busier.

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Laser weapon being readied for Marine vehicles

Posted June 11, 2014 by Eric Beidel

As the Navy prepares to deploy its first laser weapon on a ship later this summer, Office of Naval Research officials announced June 11 that they have finished awarding contracts to develop a similar weapon to be used on ground vehicles. The Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move program, commonly referred to as GBAD, aims…

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Jet engine to eat cereal, crayons for a purpose

Posted May 8, 2012 by NASA photographs by Tony Landis

It might not surprise you to find cereal and crayons beneath your sofa cushions, especially if you are a parent with young children. But what if you found them in a jet engine?

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