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2010-03-04 07:59:28

Mini-thrusters or miniature, electric propulsion systems are being developed, which could make it easier for the Air Force's small satellites, including the latest CubeSats, to perform space maneuvers and undertake formidable tasks like searching for planets beyond our solar system. With Air Force Office of Scientific Research funding, researchers led by Dr. Paulo Lozano at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are considering the advantages of electric propulsion over more traditional...

2010-03-03 09:08:01

Dr. Lalana Kagal and fellow researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing a standard policy language to achieve flexible and dynamic Web security when information is shared between agencies, countries and organizations. The research, funded under the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program, supports recent Ph.D. graduates and encourages basic research like that of Kagal and her team members, Fatih Turkmen and Matt Cherian. This research...

2010-02-03 15:07:00

EXTON, Pa., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), producer of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software for integrated analysis of space, defense and intelligence assets, and its business partner Advanced Solutions, Inc. (ASI) are jointly developing products to support the entire spacecraft life cycle. The concepts will be demonstrated during the Technical Exhibits Session at the 2010 GN&C Conference in Breckenridge, CO, on February 6. (Logo:...

2010-01-28 09:30:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyle has signed an agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop formal flight and sensor operator training courses designed to enhance the proficiency and competence of Air Force Research Laboratory small unmanned aircraft systems flight operations with the goal of minimizing unmanned aircraft mishaps. Wyle and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio will develop and validate...

2010-01-11 17:02:59

Researchers at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln have addressed the issue of faulty software by developing an algorithm and open source tool that is 300 times faster at generating tests and also reduces current software testing time. The new algorithm has potential to increase the efficiency of the software testing process across systems. The project, funded in part by an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award and through a National Science Foundation...

2010-01-08 12:17:00

HAMPTON, Va., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Planes that are quieter, less polluting and more fuel-efficient - talk about flying the friendly skies. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Tuesday, Jan. 12, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Fay Collier will outline the highlights of the agency's "Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project," a NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate effort starting in 2010. Collier, the project...

2009-12-11 14:00:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force X-51A WaveRider vehicle yesterday successfully made its first captive carry flight under the wing of a B-52 carry aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The X-51A is powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. The X-51A is expected to demonstrate hypersonic flight up to six times the speed of sound in test flights beginning early next year. The X-51A program is a...

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2009-12-08 09:30:20

Air Force Office of Scientific Research and National Science Foundation-funded professor, Dr. Xiang Zhang has demonstrated at the University of California, Berkeley the world's smallest semiconductor laser, which may have applications to the Air Force in communications, computing and bio-hazard detection. The semiconductor, called a plasmon, can focus light the size of a single protein in a space that is smaller than half its wavelength while maintaining laser-like qualities that allow it to...

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2009-12-02 08:28:05

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) engineers have completed all environmental and performance testing on the TacSat-4 COMMx payload. This completes the entire TacSat-4 spacecraft as the spacecraft bus was completed in May 2008. The launch date was fall 2009, however it was moved to August 2010 because of Minotaur-IV technical issues and changing DoD mission priorities. TacSat-4 is a Navy led joint mission to augment current satellite communications (SATCOM) capabilities and to advance...

2009-11-02 09:40:00

OLD GREENWICH, Conn., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- inno360 LLC, a leading online platform for next-generation open innovation, today announced the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has joined as a founding member its Alpha program. The US Air Force has been a leader in collaborative, open innovation since the onset of air-based weaponry. AFRL manages over $4 billion in annual R&D spending, of which 60% is spent through outside partners. inno360's Alpha program unites global pioneers...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.