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NASA completes this year’s flights in search of climate change clues

Posted March 19, 2014 by

NASA's Global Hawk research aircraft returned to its base at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., early morning March 14, marking the completion of flights in support of this year's Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment, a multi-year NASA airborne science campaign.

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NASA’s Operation IceBridge begins new Arctic campaign

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Researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., March 10 for Greenland to begin a new season of collecting data on Arctic land and sea ice.

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Biosensors provide continuous war fighter monitoring for operational improvement

Posted March 7, 2014 by

Even with rapid technological advancements in the modern warfighting environment, airmen remain the most important asset to the Air Force. Human performance augmentation is an emerging concept based on the ability to sense and assess human health status in real-time using wearable biosensors, and enhance war fighter performance before mission safety, efficiency, and outcome is…

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ARL continues to expand body armor analysis work to protect soldiers

Posted March 7, 2014 by

Army photograph Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory continue to expand body armor analysis work to protect soldiers – not only protecting their lives, but also their daily life functions after treatment and recovery. Shown here is Rebecca VanAmburg (left), who is assisted by Latrice Hall (right), determining the proper placement of hard armor…

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President’s budget for DARPA aims to fund promising ideas, help regain prior levels

Posted March 7, 2014 by

With an eye on the urgent need to develop breakthrough technologies for national security, the President’s requested budget of $2.915 billion in fiscal year 2015 for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency would allow the agency to pursue promising new ideas and help to restore some of the reductions in the agency’s budget from prior…

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Excalibur prototype extends reach of high-energy lasers

Posted March 7, 2014 by

High-energy lasers have the potential to benefit a variety of military missions, particularly as weapons or as high-bandwidth communications devices. However, the massive size, weight and power requirements of legacy laser systems limit their use on many military platforms. Even if SWaP limitations can be overcome, turbulence manifested as density fluctuations in the atmosphere increase…

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Shape-changing flap arrives for adaptive compliant trailing edge flight tests

Posted March 5, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich NASA aircraft technicians Leo and Juan Salazar work on installation of test instrumentation in preparation for installation of the experimental Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge flap on NASA’s modified G-III Aerodynamic Research Test Bed aircraft. A milestone for the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge project at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center occurred…

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NASA completes first ATTREX science mission

Posted February 19, 2014 by

NASA photograph NASA’s unmanned Global Hawk is pushed out of a hangar on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in preparation for an ATTREX science flight over the Western Pacific. NASA’s Global Hawk No. 872 completed a 17.5-hour science flight Feb. 14, it’s first for the 2014 Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) mission. The unmanned aircraft,…

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Flight Opportunities Program busy in 2013; even more so in 2014

Posted February 19, 2014 by tomlear

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program of the agency's Space Technology Mission Directorate accomplished its busiest year in 2013 since its inception in late 2010, and 2014 promises to be even busier.

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Raytheon awarded DARPA contract to research and develop new approach to cyber mission execution

Posted February 7, 2014 by

Raytheon was awarded a $9.8 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of its Plan X program, which seeks to help U.S. government agencies plan, execute and assess cyber network operations. Raytheon’s research and development is focused on enabling the Department of Defense to predictably and rapidly scale and execute cyber…

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