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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

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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

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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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Human-robot teams key to disaster response

Posted February 7, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

In the future, when an earthquake or tsunami strikes a populated area or a terrorist attack decimates a city, teams of disaster experts partnered with robots - whose skills are being honed in rigorous competitions funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - may be the first responders.

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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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High school students learn STEM applications during outreach tour

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NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Students in Desert High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program get up-close-and-personal with a hypersonic decelerator test article undergoing structural loads tests in NASA Dryden’s Flight Loads laboratory. About 30 students from Desert, Antelope Valley and Lancaster High Schools and several of their teachers got a first-hand…

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NASA ramps up space launch system sound suppression testing

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKAkvXYg47Q&feature=player_embedded The first round of acoustic tests on a scale model of NASA’s Space Launch System is underway. The tests will allow engineers to verify the design of the sound suppression system being developed for the agency’s new deep space rocket. The testing, which began Jan. 16 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,…

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