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NASA declares SOFIA Observatory fully operational

Posted June 4, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Jim Ross The door to the SOFIA observatory’s 2.5-meter telescope is wide open during a developmental test flight in 2010. On June 2, 2014, during the 224th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Boston, Mass., Paul Hertz, NASA’s Astrophysics Division director, announced that the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has passed…

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Interactive display provides pilots with real-time sonic boom information

Posted May 14, 2014 by

NASA graphic The CISboomDA software integrates aircraft and environmental data with a real-time, local-area moving-map capable of displaying an aircraftís sonic boom footprint, allowing pilots to select a flight path to either avoid generating a sonic boom or to place the sonic boom in a specific location. Aerospace engineers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center…

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California faults moved quietly after Baja quake

Posted May 14, 2014 by

A new NASA study finds that a major 2010 earthquake in northern Mexico triggered quiet, non-shaking motions on several Southern California faults that released as much energy as a magnitude 4.9 to 5.3 earthquake.

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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted May 14, 2014 by /PRNewswire/

Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth May 13 after 188 days in space, during which they orbited Earth more than 3,000 times and traveled almost 79.8 million miles.

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ACCESS II alternative jet fuel flight tests begin

Posted May 14, 2014 by

NASA took to the skies May 7 - along with international partners the German Aerospace Center and National Research Council of Canada - to begin a series of flight tests to gather critical data that may aid in the development of cleaner aircraft fuels.

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Seeing sound: Teachers learn science of sound

Posted April 30, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Leader Richard Chapleau outlines the goals of the “Seeing Sound” teachers workshop ñ building a waveform monitor and a flyable model glider from common everyday materials. Sound is something most of us with good hearing take for granted. Rarely do we consider the physics involved.† Sound comes from many sources…

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

Posted April 18, 2014 by

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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AFRL provides environmentally-preferred alternatives for removing radome coatings

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Radomes, tail cones, and other fiberglass or composite components on E-3, KC-135, and B-52 aircraft are coated with polyurethane rain erosion resistant coatings to protect them from the effects of rain erosion in flight. Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex (OC-ALC) production workers must remove the coatings during depot overhaul to allow for inspection and repair….

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Remote troops closer to having high-speed wireless networks mounted on UAVs

Posted April 18, 2014 by

Missions in remote, forward operating locations often suffer from a lack of connectivity to tactical operation centers and access to valuable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data.

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NASA signs agreement with German, Canadian partners to test alternative fuels

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NASA photograph A heavily instrumented NASA HU-25 Falcon measures chemical components from the larger DC-8’s exhaust generated by a 50/50 mix of conventional jet fuel and a plant-derived biofuel, demonstrating the type of work that will be done during ACCESS II flights. NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center and the National…

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