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2014-03-25 23:02:59

The Naval Research Laboratory has awarded the Blossom Point Tracking Facility Spacecraft Operations and Facilities Services contract to ASRC Federal Space and Defense. The five-year contract is valued at approximately $40 million. Beltsville, MD (PRWEB) March 25, 2014 The Naval Research Laboratory has awarded the Blossom Point Tracking Facility Spacecraft Operations and Facilities Services contract to ASRC Federal Space and Defense. The five-year contract is valued at approximately $40...

Sounding Rocket Getting Ready To Study Active Regions On The Sun
2013-08-03 07:59:17

NASA At NASA's White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M., a sounding rocket is being readied for flight. Due to launch on Aug. 8, 2013, the VERIS rocket, short for Very high Resolution Imaging Spectrometer, will launch for a 15-minute trip carrying an instrument that can measure properties of the structures in the sun's upper atmosphere down to 145 miles across, some eight times clearer than any similar telescope currently in space. When it comes to observing the sun, different...

Jansky Very Large Array Achieves First Light
2012-07-22 07:59:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in New Mexico announced Friday that they had successfully achieved "first light" at low frequencies using the Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA) radio astronomy telescope. Using five of the JVLA's 27 230-ton, 25-meter diameter very high-frequency (VHF) dish antennas, NRAO astronomer Dr. Frazer Owen was able to map the radio...

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2012-07-18 18:27:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Spacecraft Engineering Department's space robotics research facility has gotten its hands on a tool to help emulate inertia in space. The 75,000 pound Gravity Offset Table (GOT) is made from a single slab of solid granite, and will help emulate the mechanics of physics found in space. The frictionless large surface area will allow researchers to replicate the effects of inertia on man-made objects...

NRL Test Robotic Fueling Of Unmanned Surface Vessels
2012-03-20 10:05:43

Engineers from the NRL Spacecraft Engineering Department (SED) successfully demonstrate the robotic fluids transfer from a stationary platform to an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) in wave heights greater than three feet. The Rapid Autonomous Fuel Transfer (RAFT) project exhibits the ability to track the motion of a Sea Fox naval vessel, safely emplace a magnetic refueling fitting to an on-board refueling receptacle and successfully complete fluids transfer. Under current circumstance, USV...

Image 1 - Humanoid Robot Developed By Navy To Fight Fires
2012-03-10 06:48:39

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have begun to develop a humanoid robot to fight help shipboard fires. Fires onboard Naval vessels can be costly, not to mention quite dangerous. In order to combat these issues, the NRL decided on a humanoid-type robot to operate and maneuver just as a human would. Additionally, by creating a humanoid-type robot, the Navy and Marine Corps may be able to use these robots for other potential wartime applications, thus saving lives. The...

2012-01-19 20:31:37

Specialty canines were on a mission to sniff out trouble and display their explosive-detecting abilities Jan. 18 as part of an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-hosted “Top Dog Demo 2012.” “These dogs have kept Marines alive by helping them move through the battle space,” said Lisa Albuquerque, program manager for ONR´s Naval Expeditionary Dog Program, part of ONR´s Expeditionary Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department. “Marines can focus on their...

2011-12-12 07:00:00

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sotera Defense Solutions (Sotera), a provider of mission-critical, technology-based systems, solutions and services for national security agencies and programs of the U.S. government, was recently awarded a contract to continue its support of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C. The $6 million, one-year contract includes 4 option years which if exercised will increase the total contract value to $34 million....

NASA Selects NRL's MIGHTI For Potential Space Flight
2011-11-11 04:01:38

A Naval Research Laboratory instrument designed to study the Earth's thermosphere is part of a future science mission that has been selected by NASA for evaluation for flight. The NRL-developed Michelson Interferometer for Global High-resolution Thermospheric Imaging (MIGHTI) satellite instrument is part of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission, led by Thomas Immel at the University of California, Berkeley. The ICON mission will fly instruments designed to understand the...

Navy's Electromagnetic Railgun Reaches Testing Milestone
2011-11-02 04:35:54

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Materials Testing Facility demonstrated, Oct.31, the one-thousandth successful firing of its Electromagnetic Railgun, reaching a materials testing milestone in the weapon's technological development and future implementation aboard U.S. Navy warships. "This test demonstrates continued advances in armature development, rail design, and barrel materials used in high power railgun launch," said Dr. Robert Meger, head, NRL Charged Particle Physics Branch....