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NASA’s SOFIA to embark on new cycle of science observations

Posted September 5, 2012 by

PALMDALE, Calif. – The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, a joint program between NASA and the German Aerospace Center DLR, is set to begin its first full cycle of science flights starting in November 2012 and extending through December 2013. SOFIA’s Science Mission Operations Director Erick Young today announced the list of researchers…

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2012 Antarctic ozone hole second smallest in 20 years

Posted October 26, 2012 by

The average area covered by the Antarctic ozone hole this year was the second smallest in the last 20 years, according to data from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites. Scientists attribute the change to warmer temperatures in the Antarctic lower stratosphere. The ozone hole reached its maximum size Sept. 22, covering 8.2…

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Army assesses electromagnetic vulnerabilities

Posted January 11, 2013 by Joyce Conant

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate's state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Vulnerability Assessment Facility here is used to conduct experiments that address the electromagnetic vulnerability requirements of the U.S. Army Weapon and Communication-Electronics Systems.

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NASA invests in small business innovation research, technology proposals to enable future missions

Posted April 5, 2013 by

NASA has selected 295 research and technology proposals from 216 American small businesses for negotiations that may lead to contract awards worth a combined $38.7 million. The proposals are part of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer Program. SBIR addresses specific technology gaps in agency missions while striving to complement…

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NASA partners with LEGO Group for design, build contest

Posted June 5, 2013 by

NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft. The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition opens Wednesday with an entry deadline…

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NASA data reveals mega-canyon under Greenland ice sheet

Posted August 31, 2013 by

Data from a NASA airborne science mission reveals evidence of a large and previously unknown canyon hidden under a mile of Greenland ice. The canyon has the characteristics of a winding river channel and is at least 460 miles long, making it longer than the Grand Canyon. In some places, it is as deep as…

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Dryden’s DROID demonstrates autonomous UAS-to-UAS air tow

Posted February 5, 2014 by Peter Merlin

Engineers at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center chalked up another first for the center recently when they flew a scale-model sailplane that was towed aloft by one of NASA's small Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drones - DROID for short.

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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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NASA-pioneered Automatic Ground-Collision Avoidance System operational

Posted October 15, 2014 by c

A new NASA-developed Automatic Ground-Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) that could significantly reduce the incidence of controlled flight into terrain aircraft accidents is currently being integrated into the flight control systems of the U.S. Air Force's fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft.

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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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