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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

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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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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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