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Another American high frontier first: 3-D manufacturing in space

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In preparation for a future where parts and tools can be printed on demand in space, NASA and Made in Space Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., have joined to launch equipment for the first 3-D microgravity printing experiment to the International Space Station. If successful, the 3-D Printing in Zero G Experiment (3-D Print) will…

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NASA tests limits of 3-D printing with powerful rocket engine check

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The largest 3-D printed rocket engine component NASA ever has tested blazed to life Aug. 22 during an engine firing that generated a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. This test is a milestone for one of many important advances the agency is making to reduce the cost of space hardware. Innovations like additive manufacturing, or…

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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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Interactive display provides pilots with real-time sonic boom information

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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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Preparing for Antarctic flights in California desert

Posted October 15, 2014 by

NASA photograph by John Sonntag The constellation Ursa Major looms over a GPS-equipped survey vehicle and a ground station to its left at El Mirage Dry Lake. By comparing elevation readings from both GPS sources, researchers can build an elevation map to precisely calibrate the laser altimeter for ice thickness measurements. At first glance, a…

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Top Army scientist: Army shouldn’t trim science, tech work force due to budget cuts

Posted April 19, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

With budget problems weighing heavily on the minds of many, a senior Army official warned that a general shortage of skilled scientists and engineers should make the Army wary of cutting labs and the brightest of its researchers. The Army’s science…

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Navy’s floating research platform ‘flips’ for 50th anniversary

Posted June 25, 2012 by by Grace Jean

The Department of the Navy’s Floating Instrument Platform is celebrating its 50th year of service June 29. Scores of scientists have deployed aboard the 355-foot research vessel, owned by the Office of Naval...

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Transformed X-48C flies successfully

Posted August 7, 2012 by

The remotely piloted X-48C aircraft successfully flew for the first time Aug. 7 at Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert. The aircraft, designed by Boeing and built by Cranfield Aerospace Limited of the United Kingdom, is flying again in partnership with NASA. The new X-48C model, which was formerly the X-48B Blended Wing…

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Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawks support hurricane missions from both U.S. coasts

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Northrop Grumman-built unmanned NASA Global Hawks will be able to better support environmental scientists during Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel missions.

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NASA’s original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft departs Dryden

Posted November 19, 2012 by

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA’s historic Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905 points its nose skyward after takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base Oct. 24 on what is anticipated to be its final flight. One of NASA’s most familiar and recognizable aircraft, Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905, has departed NASA’s Dryden Flight Research…

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