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Return of the X-Planes

NASA is planning to embark next year on a bold and exciting research program aimed to reduce fuel use, emissions, and noise. NASA Aeronautics...

Cargo rocket destined to the International Space Station destroyed on liftoff

The Antares rocket carrying an unmanned Cygnus suffered a 'catastrophic anomaly' seconds after liftoff from NASA's Wallops flight facility in Virginia at 06:22 PM EDT. Cygnus was packed with 5,000 pounds (2.268 tons) of food and supplies, scientific experiments destined to the International Space Station. It was the third cargo mission under a $1.9 billion contract Orbital Sciences has won from NASA.

NASA to Explore UAS Airspace Operations Through a new Robotic Challenge

Teams of aerospace researchers across the USA are signing up to compete for $500,000 in prize money by demonstrating the ability to fly unmanned...

NASA Selects Six Partners for Aerospace Composites R&D

NASA has selected six US aerospace primes to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification. In a statement announcing...

First Flight of the X-48C Blended Wing Body Experimental Unmanned Plane

Boeing conducted the first flight of the remotely piloted X-48C experimental Blended Wing Body (BWB) unmanned aircraft yesterday at the NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The flight lasted 9 minutes and the aircraft climbed to an altitude of 5,500 feet before landing back on the dray lakebed.

Raptors to Deploy to Japan – Despite Oxygen Issues

The US Air Force says its scientists have identified the root cause of the hypoxia-like events occured in its F-22A Raptor stealth fighters and linked the issue with the supply of oxygen delivered to pilots, not the quality of oxygen they were breathing. Two changes are being implemented to correct the oxygen supply issue - removing a diagnostic filter to increasing the air flow, and foregoing with the high altitude pressure suite, suspected to cause some of the problems.

Could Dust Packed Missiles Clean Low-Earth Orbit?

Millions of small debris orbiting earth at Low Earth Orbit (LEO - at altitudes of 2,000 kilometers and below) are posing serious risk to manned and unmanned spacecraft. Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) suggest that ballistic missiles loaded with tons of tungsten dust could be used to ‘sweep’ these objects from their LEO orbit, slowing and lowering them into the upper atmosphere, where they will decay the heat generated from drag induced by the upper earth atmosphere.

Teledyne to Develop Space-Based Digital Imaging Capability

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Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) announced today that its subsidiary, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., in Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a Cooperative Agreement by the National...

Phantom Ray Delivered to Edwards Prior to First Test Flight

The Phantom Ray unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) is a fighter-sized technology demonstrator designed as a flying test bed for advanced technologies. Under the Phantom Ray technology demonstration program...

Air Force Research Lab Completes Ground Collision Avoidance Flight Tests on...

The U.S. Air Force completed the final 103rd test flight in the testing for the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS), part of...

Global Hawk Prepares for an Aerial Refueling Demonstration

NASA, DARPA and Northrop Grumman are planning to conduct a demonstration of an in-flight aerial refueling between two Global Hawk autonomous aerial vehicles. The flight will be conducted at high altitude, highlighting fully autonomous performance of this critical phase of the flight, which will be a key factor in extending the Global Hawk's future missions.

Space-Based Missile Warning Sensors Launched

The first pair of Space Tracking and Surveillance System demonstration (STSS-Demo) satellites were launched September 25, 2009 on a NASA Delta II rocket from...

Autonomous Airborne Refueling Demonstration (AARD)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in a joint effort with NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, performed the first-ever autonomous probe-and-drogue airborne refueling...

RATTLRS – Revolutionary Approach To Time-critical Long Range Strike

Revolutionary Approach To Time-critical Long Range Strike (RATTLRS) represents a new supersonic cruise missile concept, enabling warfighters to rapidly launch precision attacks against time-critical...

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