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NASA’s ER-2 completes MABEL validation deployment

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NASA’s high-flying ER-2 Airborne Science aircraft has concluded its four-week deployment to validate data acquired by the Multiple Altimeter Beam Experiment Lidar (MABEL) laser altimeter over the Greenland ice cap and surrounding sea ice fields. After an almost 10 and one-half...

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DARPA seeks technology to see through clouds for warfighter support

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Advanced, flyable electronics and scene simulation technology sought for video synthetic aperture radar Warfighters who encounter enemy forces on the ground benefit from overhead aircraft support. Some capabilities...

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JTRS advances ‘Cognitive Radio’ concept

Posted May 4, 2012 by by Kris Osborn

The Joint Program Executive Office for Joint Tactical Radio Systems is moving closer to its vision of Cognitive Radio, a concept engineered to allow a family of software-programmable radios to better use portions of the available spectrum, service officials said. Cognitive Radio allows...

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Tablet PC to replace paper for Network Integration Evaluation

Posted May 3, 2012 by by John Andrew Hamilton

The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command is beginning to replace paper with digital data collection options in preparation for the next Network Integration Evaluation at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., this May. NIE’s are large-scale evaluation events designed to mature the...

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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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ONR-sponsored Flexrotor program takes off for next phase

Posted May 1, 2012 by by Katherine H. Crawford

The Office of Naval Research-sponsored Flexrotor vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicle entered the next development phase in delivering improved maritime surveillance capability April 30. The contract is awarded for the flight controls component. During this phase, Aerovel Corp. will advance Flexrotor’s capability with an upgraded propulsion system to transition from vertical to cruising…

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NASA selects 10 small business technology transfer projects

Posted April 30, 2012 by

NASA has selected 10 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue work on innovative technologies that could advance future missions. The Phase II winners in the agency’s Small Business Technology Transfer Program now can enter negotiations for possible contract awards, with a total for all projects of approximately $7.49 million. High-technology firms…

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DARPA seeks non-thermal approaches to thin-film deposition

Posted April 26, 2012 by

When the Department of Defense wants to build a jet engine, it doesn’t put a team of engineers in a hangar with a block of metal and some chisels. Jet engines are made up of individual components that are carefully assembled into a finished product that possesses the desired performance capabilities. In the...

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NASA releases call for phase II visionary advanced concepts

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The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is seeking proposals to continue promising studies for which it has supported the first phase. These cutting-edge concepts have the potential to transform future exploration missions, enable new capabilities, or significantly alter current approaches to launching, building, and operating aerospace systems. “These transformative concepts have the potential to mature…

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J-2X engine ready for second test series

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The next-generation engine that will help carry humans deeper into space than ever is back, bigger and better. The J-2X engine is currently on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for an extensive round of tests to build on last year’s successful test firings.

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