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2013-07-12 23:23:26

Lars Dyrud has joined Draper Laboratory, where he now leads the Lab’s Earth and Space Science. He leads programs including those that use constellations of satellites to view and understand the Earth as a complete and interactive system, which may lead to better the understanding of climate change and the global carbon cycle. Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) July 11, 2013 Lars Dyrud has joined Draper Laboratory, where he now leads the Lab’s Earth and Space Science Programs. Dyrud, who holds a...

2013-04-26 23:00:48

Engineers at Draper Laboratory and MIT are working under contract with NASA to develop a statistical model that can identify areas where landslides are most likely to occur so that preparations can be made to better respond to a crisis. CAMBRIDGE, MA (PRWEB) April 26, 2013 Landslides, which can destroy entire communities and are on the rise due to climate change, are more often caused by rainfall accumulated over long periods than single storms. Engineers at Draper Laboratory and MIT are...

2013-02-19 20:22:45

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) today named Motorola legend Martin Cooper, leader of the Motorola team that developed the first mobile phone, as the recipient of its highest honor - the Charles Stark Draper Prize. Cooper, along with a small group of other world-renowned engineers, were all recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. for their early research in cellular phones, which opened the door to the era of mobile...

2012-06-28 23:01:09

Draper Laboratory is designing a microdevice that will provide a more biologically realistic growth environment for human kidney cells in the laboratory. The proof-of-concept "kidney-on-a-chip" could one day give scientists a more accurate platform for drug screening or disease modeling. Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) June 28, 2012 Researchers designed a microdevice that will better simulate a biologically realistic growth environment for human kidney cells in the laboratory. The proof-of-concept...

Xombie Rocket's First Free-Flight Test Successful
2012-02-16 11:53:51

[ Watch the Video ] Draper Laboratory has performed its first free-flight test of Masten Space Systems' "Xombie" rocket using the Guidance Embedded Navigator Integration Environment System (GENIE), reports the Associated Press The rocket is being developed for a NASA program to help explore vertical landing systems for solar system exploration. The Xombie suborbital rocket hovered about 164 feet off the ground, and safely landed back onto the platform. Draper said the testing...

New Space Suits Imitates Gravity
2011-08-31 10:44:18

  NASA is working with Draper Laboratory to create a suit that imitates gravity while in space. The space agency has commissioned work toward a suit for future space missions based on an idea by the Draper Laboratory. The suit aims to stabilize astronauts and allow them to operate more efficiently while performing missions aboard space stations or spacecraft. The suit could help astronauts acclimate to space and avoid body movement coordination-related mistakes in...

2011-05-06 00:00:30

Five seniors from Olin College have been working with Draper Laboratory for the past nine months to continue a collaboration to build a capable, autonomous off-road vehicle. The partnership, enabled via the Senior Capstone Program for Engineering program at Olin, began last year with Draper's first SCOPE sponsorship. This year's team has enhanced the John Deere Gator XUV that the previous year's team made capable of being controlled by a computer, to drive itself through complex environments...

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2011-05-04 08:15:19

Sandia researchers develop tiny laser that reduced power consumption 1,000-fold A matchbook-sized atomic clock 100 times smaller than its commercial predecessors has been created by a team of researchers at Symmetricom Inc. Draper Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. The portable Chip Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC) "” only about 1.5 inches on a side and less than a half-inch in depth "” also requires 100 times less power than its predecessors. Instead of 10 watts, it uses only...

2011-03-11 00:00:27

The global climate monitoring community needs an operational monitoring system that can gather data to help scientists distinguish between natural climate variability and forced change, according to a report compiled by Draper Laboratory based upon recommendations from members of the U.S. government, industry, and academia. Cambridge, MA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 10, 2011 The global climate monitoring community needs an operational monitoring system that can gather data to help scientists...

2011-01-22 00:00:37

Next Giant Leap LLC announced that Draper Laboratory has committed over $1 million from their internal research and development program to fund the design and development of a guidance, navigation and control system test bed for use in Next Giant Leap's commercial lunar mission. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) January 21, 2011 Next Giant Leap LLC (NGL) announced that Draper Laboratory has committed over $1 million from their internal research and development (IR&D) program to fund the design and...