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AFOSR-funded research key to revolutionary ‘green’ spacecraft propellant

Posted May 10, 2013 by Robert P. White

In 2015, NASA, for the first time, will fly a space mission utilizing a radically different propellant – one which has reduced toxicity and is environmentally benign. In 2015, NASA, for the first time, will fly a space mission utilizing a radically different propellant -one which has reduced toxicity and is environmentally benign. This energetic…

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First electrically powered nanolasers capable of being operated at room temperature tested

Posted July 17, 2013 by Robert White, Ph.D.

Significant proof of the critical importance of long term basic research funding has been demonstrated with the first convincing operation of a room temperature, continuous wave nanolaser powered by electricity. Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Defense Advanced Research projects Agency, Dr. Cun-Zheng Ning and his team at Arizona State…

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NASA begins first Antarctic airborne campaign from McMurdo Station

Posted November 18, 2013 by

NASA’s Operation IceBridge has begun its 2013 Antarctic field campaign with the arrival of the agency’s aircraft and scientists at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The IceBridge mission will conduct daily survey flights through Nov. 26 on a NASA P-3 research aircraft from a base of operations at McMurdo Station. The P-3…

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NASA begins search for potential SOFIA partners

Posted April 2, 2014 by

NASA issued a Request for Information March 31 soliciting potential partners interested in using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy aircraft for scientific investigations or for other potential uses. NASA’s fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress calls for SOFIA to be placed in storage next year unless the agency’s contribution to the project can…

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NASA selects proposals to increase STEM education at community, technical colleges

Posted August 13, 2014 by

NASA’s Office of Education will award more than $17.3 million through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools across the United States. Each award has a two-year performance period and a maximum value of $500,000. The 35…

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Army scientists develop deployable renewable-energy solutions

Posted May 10, 2012 by by Dan Lafontaine

Army photograph by Tom Faulkner U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command scientists are developing the Reusing Existing Natural Energy from Wind and Solar, or RENEWS, at Aberdeen Proving Ground…

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NASA 3-D app gives public ability to experience robotic space travel

Posted July 13, 2012 by

A NASA-created application that brings some of the agency’s robotic spacecraft to life in 3-D now is available for free on the iPhone and iPad. Called Spacecraft 3D, the app uses animation to show how spacecraft can maneuver and manipulate their outside components. Presently, the new app features two NASA missions, the Curiosity rover that…

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NASA selects two technologies for commercial suborbital tests

Posted August 27, 2012 by

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected two new technologies to fly on commercial reusable suborbital vehicles, to test the payloads' functionality before full deployment on future missions....

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NASA selects early stage innovation proposals from 10 universities

Posted October 26, 2012 by

NASA has selected 10 university-led proposals for study of innovative, early-stage space technologies designed to improve shielding from space radiation, spacecraft thermal management and optical systems. The 1-year grants are worth approximately $250,000 each, with an additional year of research possible. Each of these technology areas requires dramatic improvements over existing capabilities for future science…

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DOD, Duke University partner in research projects

Posted January 7, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

The Defense Department sponsors Duke University researchers to conduct projects in mathematics, engineering and biology that advance military capabilities and strengthen national security, a university official said in a recent phone interview. Duke University researchers actively participate in DOD programs and awards, and projects are designed to help the warfighter enhance intelligence gathering, avoid battlefield…

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