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NASA Focuses On Supsersonic Shockwaves
2013-09-13 16:33:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online New images released by NASA depict actual shockwaves in vivid colors emanating from a plane flying at supersonic speed. Using a twin telescope and digital camera system on the ground at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, scientists created schlieren images, which show density variations in air and other transparent media. Special illumination in the images mark changes in the density of the air, revealing the shockwaves....

2013-09-12 12:25:37

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center will highlight the center’s use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and related technologies for civil purposes during a media day on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. NASA Dryden UAS highlights will include briefings and tours on various remotely operated aircraft, from the smallest, the Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drone (DROID) small UAS, to the largest, NASA’s Global Hawk that is currently participating in the HS3 Hurricane and Severe Storm...

New Precision Landing Software Being Tested By JPL, Masten
2013-08-13 07:22:18

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A year after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's landed on Mars, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., are testing a sophisticated flight-control algorithm that could allow for even more precise, pinpoint landings of future Martian spacecraft. Flight testing of the new Fuel Optimal Large Divert Guidance algorithm - G-FOLD for short - for planetary pinpoint landing is being conducted jointly by JPL engineers in cooperation with...

NASA Clean-Air Program Wraps Up With X-48C Test Flight
2013-04-13 07:29:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Tuesday´s flight of NASA´s remotely-piloted X-48C aircraft successfully concluded an eight month research campaign designed to demonstrate technological concepts for cleaner, quieter commercial air travel, the US space agency announced on Saturday. The first flight of the Boeing-designed X-48 hybrid-wing-body subscale aircraft´s C model took place at Edwards Air Force Base in California on August 7. The April...

NASA Researchers Working To Turn Blue Skies Green
2013-02-28 12:39:01

NASA Air travelers of the future could have quieter, greener and more fuel-efficient airliners because of NASA research efforts that are moving into further development and testing. The Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project, which is part of the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate's Integrated Systems Research Program, was created in 2009 to explore aircraft concepts and technologies that will reduce the impact of aviation on the environment over the next 30 years....

2013-01-07 15:12:44

NASA has selected eight large-scale integrated technology demonstrations to advance aircraft concepts and technologies that will reduce the impact of aviation on the environment over the next 30 years, research efforts that promise future travelers will fly in quieter, greener and more fuel-efficient airliners. The demonstrations, which are part of by NASA's Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project, will focus on five areas -- aircraft drag reduction through innovative flow...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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