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NASA begins flight research campaign using alternate jet fuel

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NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency’s DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS) research involves flying the DC-8 as high as 40,000 feet while an instrumented NASA Falcon…

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AFRL gains national recognition for STEM outreach

Posted May 20, 2013 by Jeanne Dailey

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy and Space Vehicles Directorates at Kirtland Air Force Base are leading STEM outreach programs that influence thousands of students each year in New Mexico, Hawaii, and across the nation.

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NASA extends contract for supercomputing support services

Posted July 31, 2013 by

NASA will exercise the fifth one-year option on a contract with Computer Sciences Corp. of Lanham, Md., for supercomputing support services at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The option exercised on the cost-plus-award-fee contract is valued at about $62 million. It begins Aug. 1 and continues through July 31, 2014. The contract…

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UP Aerospace’ SL-8 flies NASA technology experiments

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NASA photograph by Paul De Leon Members of the UP Aerospace ground grew roll back the moveable garage and payload integration facility to expose the launcher with the SL-8 sounding rocket mounted underneath. An enthusiastic group of suborbital space researchers arrived at Spaceport America in New Mexico in early November to prepare and load their…

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All systems go: Navy’s laser weapon ready for summer deployment

Posted April 18, 2014 by Eric Beidel

Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer. The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf, fulfilling plans announced by…

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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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Squadron nears completion of ballistic missile warning communications upgrade

Posted June 7, 2012 by by Scott Prater

Ballistic missile warning sensors at sites around the world provide information vital to U.S. national security. When the link connecting those sensors to decision makers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command was in jeopardy of…

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AREES 2012: Learning about NASA Earth science research

Posted July 19, 2012 by

Enthusiastic teachers from around the country gathered at NASA's facilities in Palmdale, Calif., in late June to participate in NASA's...

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

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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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