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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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Radar program proceeding with revised acquisition strategy

Posted April 13, 2012 by by Patty Welsh

The Air Force program to provide a new ground-based, long-range radar system is moving forward with a revised acquisition strategy. The program office recently held an industry day here to explain the changes and its latest draft request for proposal. The Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, or 3DELRR, will be the principal U.S. Air Force long-range,…

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DARPA seeks robot enthusiasts to face off

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As iconic symbols of the future, robots rank high with flying cars and starships, but basic robots are already in use in emergency response, industry, defense, healthcare and education. DARPA plans to offer a $2 million prize to whomever can help push the state-of-the-art in robotics beyond today’s…

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DARPA calls for advances in ‘big data’ to help war fighter

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War fighters’ missions rely on a virtual net of sensors and communications systems for greater battlefield awareness than at any time in history. At the same time, demands for actionable information have spiked as warfighters at every level ““ whether at the planning table or on patrol ““ are called upon…

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DARPA chip-scale atomic clocks aboard International Space Station

Posted April 3, 2012 by

Atomic clocks are the most accurate frequency standard and timing devices in the world. Their range of uses include being the international standard for timekeeping, managing broadcasts and satellite positioning, navigation and timing. Traditional…

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DARPA seeks integration of diverse microsystems components on silicon chips

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High-performance microsystems are vital for a wide variety of Defense Department systems that provide U.S. war fighters with technological surprise over adversaries in areas such as communications, sensing and electronic warfare. Current…

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NASA’s SOFIA captures images of the planetary nebula M2-9

Posted March 30, 2012 by

Researchers using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy have captured infrared images of the last exhalations of a dying sun-like star. The object observed by SOFIA, planetary nebula Minkowski 2-9, or M2-9 for short, is seen in this three-color composite image. The SOFIA…

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NASA flight tests New ADS-B device on Ikhana UAS

Posted March 29, 2012 by

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., flew its Ikhana MQ-9 unmanned aircraft with an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, device, for the first time March 15. It was the first time an unmanned aircraft as large as Ikhana ““ with a 66-foot wingspan, a takeoff…

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Robotics competition teaches science, technology, core values to Edwards students

Posted February 20, 2012 by by Laura Mowry

This past year, a new sport was introduced to Branch Elementary School students at Edwards. It does not focus on physical athleticism or include a ball, bat, racquet, or even a helmet. Rather, the First Lego League’s competitive robotics…

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