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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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NASA tests GPS monitoring system for big U.S. earthquakes

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The space-based technology that lets GPS-equipped motorists constantly update their precise location will undergo a major test of its ability to rapidly pinpoint the location and magnitude of strong earthquakes across the western United States. Results from the new Real-time Earthquake Analysis for Disaster Mitigation Network soon could be used to assist prompt disaster response…

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Engineering review board concludes review of HTV-2 second test flight

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Following an extensive seven-month analysis of data collected from the Aug. 11, 2011, second flight of DARPA’s Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2), an independent engineering review board investigating the cause of a flight anomaly completed…

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Top Army scientist: Army shouldn’t trim science, tech work force due to budget cuts

Posted April 19, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

With budget problems weighing heavily on the minds of many, a senior Army official warned that a general shortage of skilled scientists and engineers should make the Army wary of cutting labs and the brightest of its researchers. The Army’s science…

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Robotics offer greener aircraft paint stripping

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Karla Saia

The assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics got a close up look at a new, cutting-edge technology in Johnstown, Penn., April 4 that’s expected to reduce pollution and the exposure of Airmen to hazardous compounds. Terry Yonkers’ visit to the headquarters of…

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NASA selects science instrument upgrade for flying observatory

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NASA has selected a science instrument upgrade to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy airborne observatory. The instrument, the High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera, will provide a sensitive, versatile and reliable imaging capability to the SOFIA user community.

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Lockheed Martin completes key milestone on GeoEye’s new satellite

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The Lockheed Martin team developing GeoEye’snext-generation Earth-imaging satellite successfully initiated power-on testing for the GeoEye-2 spacecraft bus. This program milestone continues the team’s on-time and on-budget performance in support of GeoEye’s plan for on-orbit operations in 2013. The power-on testing of the GeoEye-2 spacecraft bus demonstrates initial electrical integration, validates the satellite’s interfaces and paves…

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New sensor sought to enable military missions in GPS-denied areas

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Many U.S. Military systems, such as missiles, rely on the Global Positioning System to provide accurate position, orientation and time information while in flight. When GPS is inaccessible, whether as a result of a malfunction or as a…

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NASA announces 16th undersea exploration mission dates, crew

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An international team of aquanauts will travel again to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to simulate a visit to an asteroid in the 16th expedition of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations. This year’s NEEMO mission will begin June 11. It will build on lessons learned from 2011′s NEEMO 15 mission and test innovative solutions…

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B-1 mission planning software early release improves capabilities

Posted April 13, 2012 by by Patty Welsh

The Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., recently completed an early fielding of B-1 Mission Planning Release 6.0 software. This release provides new features and capabilities and minimizes the time currently needed to do mission planning. “Currently, the user has to…

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