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Dryden helped JPL calibrate Mars Science Lab radar

Posted July 27, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

One of the key systems of the upcoming landing of the Mars Science Lab is a new pulse-Doppler radar. The Terminal Descent Sensor provides velocimetric and altitude data. Its rigorous test program included two series of flight tests at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. JPL field test lead Jim Montgomery presented a colloquium…

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Researchers dedicate Zero-G parabolic flight to Neil Armstrong’s memory

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NASA photogrpah Boston University students Joshua Koerpel and Christopher Hoffman test a solar array deployment system for use on CubeSats as they float in very low gravity during a parabolic flight in Zero-G Corporation’s modified Boeing 727 jetliner. NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program researchers have dedicated a microgravity flight test in memory of Apollo 11 astronaut…

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Robots, take your mark The DARPA Robotics Challenge has begun! Will it include you?

Posted October 31, 2012 by

Robot enthusiasts, the time has come. The DARPA Robotics Challenge began Oct. 24. Will you be part of it? Over the next two years, teams will compete to develop and put to the test hardware and software designed to enable robots to assist humans in emergency response when a disaster strikes. Based on proposals submitted…

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NASA, GA-ASI agreement expands unmanned aircraft capabilities

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EDWARDS, Calif. – NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., have partnered in a collaborative agreement to allow for the development and flight testing of new command and control satellite link capabilities on a Predator B unmanned aircraft system. As the result of a no-cost Space Act Agreement signed in September,…

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NASA set for new round of J-2X testing at Stennis

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NASA’s progress toward a return to deep space missions continues with a new round of upcoming tests on the next-generation J-2X rocket engine, which will help power the agency’s Space Launch System to new destinations in the solar system. SLS is managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Beginning this month, engineers…

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NAWCAD scientists forge new path for underwater optics

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Navy photograph Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division engineer Dr. Linda Mullen demonstrates a laser used in underwater optics at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 6. Mullen patented a new encoding method for laser imaging, which offers possibilities for both fleet and commercial use. Scientists from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division)…

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NASA, industry test additively manufactured rocket engine injector

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NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne of West Palm Beach, Fla., recently finished testing a rocket engine injector made through additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing. This space technology demonstration may lead to more efficient manufacturing of rocket engines, saving American companies time and money. NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland conducted the successful tests for Aerojet Rocketdyne…

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Special Ops Command seeks prototypes for ‘Iron Man suit’

Posted October 21, 2013 by David Vergun

DARPA graphic An artist’s rendering of what the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit might look like with its desired capabilities. U.S. Special Operations Command wants its operators to be protected with what it informally calls an “Iron Man suit,” named after the fictional superhero. In September, Socom announced it is seeking proposals for prototypes of…

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LVAC: Advancing technology readiness of SLS adaptive controls

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NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA Armstrong’s highly modified F/A-18A Full Scale Advanced Systems Testbed aircraft No. 853 validated the effectiveness of the Adaptive Augmenting Controller developed by NASA Marshall engineers for the Space Launch System. Can a rocket maneuver like an airplane? And can an airplane act as a surrogate for a maneuvering rocket?…

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Seeing double: Experimental glider, rocket undergo fit checks

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NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center took another step toward developing a novel rocket-launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch System (TGALS) by fit-checking a subscale twin-hulled glider with its experimental rocket payload.

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