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NASA selects 2013 NASA Innovative Advanced Technology Concepts for continued study

Posted August 31, 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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NASA ramps up space launch system sound suppression testing

Posted January 29, 2014 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKAkvXYg47Q&feature=player_embedded The first round of acoustic tests on a scale model of NASA’s Space Launch System is underway. The tests will allow engineers to verify the design of the sound suppression system being developed for the agency’s new deep space rocket. The testing, which began Jan. 16 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,…

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ACCESS II alternative jet fuel flight tests begin

Posted May 14, 2014 by

NASA took to the skies May 7 - along with international partners the German Aerospace Center and National Research Council of Canada - to begin a series of flight tests to gather critical data that may aid in the development of cleaner aircraft fuels.

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NASA helicopter test a smashing success

Posted October 3, 2014 by

The successful crash test of a former Marine helicopter could help lead to safer civilian and military helicopters, according to NASA aeronautics researchers.

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Sensors Directorate co-sponsors autonomous aerial vehicle competition

Posted May 8, 2015 by John Scaggs

Members from the University of Toledo, Ohio, team make adjustments to their multirotor aircraft prior to the autonomous aerial vehicle competition. The Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate hosted the event April 28-29 at the Dayton Convention Center. For the second consecutive year, the University of Toledo took first place in the competition, which featured…

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AFRL design challenge encourages engineering innovation

Posted May 1, 2012 by by Laura Dempsey

The Air Force Research Laboratory played host, mentor, cheerleader and critic to teams from all three service academies and 17 universities at the annual AFRL Design Challenge. The challenge took place April 16-20 at Wright State University’s Calamityville, a National Center for Medical Readiness training facility in Fairborn, Ohio. AFRL collected input from the Lab’s…

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Space exploration, higher education will both benefit from new partnership

Posted June 18, 2012 by

While many college students have started applying what they are learning at school in summer internships, 10 students and three professors from two Historically Black College and University institutions are now at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The final results of their efforts may one day be orbiting above the Earth or…

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NASA investigates proton radiation effects on cells

Posted August 6, 2012 by

A team of researchers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., has found radiation from protons could further enhance a process that occurs during tumor progression. This information may help lead to better methods to protect astronauts from the harmful effects of radiation in space, as well…

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NASA selects advanced robotics projects for development

Posted September 17, 2012 by

NASA has selected eight advanced robotics projects that will enable the agency’s future missions while supporting the Obama administration’s National Robotics Initiative. The projects, ranging from technologies for improving robotic planetary rovers to humanoid robotic systems, will support the development and use of robots for space exploration, as well as by manufacturers and businesses in…

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NASA selects American small businesses for continuation of innovative research, technology projects

Posted November 9, 2012 by

NASA has selected 39 small business proposals to enter into negotiations for Phase 2 contract awards through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. The SBIR program partners with small businesses to catalyze efforts to develop new technologies to support NASA’s technology needs. NASA will award contracts to 36 small high-technology firms in 17 states…

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