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2011-09-21 03:39:44

The Naval Research Laboratory's Tactical Satellite IV (TacSat-4) has been encapsulated inside the fairing (nose cone) of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur-IV+ launch vehicle in preparation for a Sept. 27 launch from the Alaska Aerospace Corporation's Kodiak Launch Complex. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored the development of the payload and the first year of operations. The Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office funded the launch that is managed by the Space...

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2011-08-19 16:00:17

As the Office of Naval Research (ONR) increases its science and technology (S&T) investment in unmanned systems, a number of hurdles need to be overcome including autonomy and littoral operations, ONR's director of innovation said at an Aug. 18 conference on unmanned systems. "We are tackling those issues to find the right technologies for the Navy and Marine Corps," said Dr. Larry Schuette, ONR's director of innovation, at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America 2011 conference, in...

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2011-08-17 13:36:48

The Naval Research Laboratory and the Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) through the support of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), has shown an autonomous multi-sensor motion-tracking and interrogation system that reduces the workload for analysts by automatically finding moving objects, then presenting high-resolution images of those objects with no human input. Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets in the field generate vast amounts of data that can overwhelm human...

2011-02-25 22:58:53

Successfully taking a small radio receiver intended for space applications and creating a full-featured radio frequency system, initially designed for a Marine Corps unmanned aircraft, would not have been possible without the integrated effort of three naval entities. The Software Reprogrammable Payload (SRP), a collaborative effort between the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Research Laboratory and Marine Corps aviation, is currently targeted for the Shadow unmanned aircraft system...

2011-01-18 14:06:53

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) showcased a number of technologies Jan. 11-13 at the annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) symposium that could influence the total ownership cost of surface ships as well as enhance warfighting capabilities. ONR's presence at the 23rd SNA conference offered an opportunity to draw attention to the Navy's top science and technology (S&T) priorities. "Technologies such as the Electromagnetic Railgun and Integrated Topside (InTop) highlight ONR's continued...

2010-08-18 15:05:00

MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Global Defense Technology & Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTEC), a provider of mission-critical technology-based systems, solutions and services for national security agencies and programs of the U.S. government, today announced that the company has secured a contract to continue their support of the research initiatives of the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL) Charged Particle Physics Branch within the Plasma Division. The contract has one base...

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2010-06-18 10:30:00

Analyzing nearly 20 terabytes of data collected from 220 mission flight-hours covering more than half of Afghanistan, Naval Research Laboratory and the U.S. Geological Survey investigators reveal several potential major oil and gas sedimentary basins, mineral-rich regions, and hydrologic resources for agriculture and economic development as recently reported by Department of Defense. Flights administered by Naval Research Laboratory Scientific Development Squadron One (VXS-1) were flown using...

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2010-05-12 12:30:14

Scientists from the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center, MS, (NRL-SSC) and Washington, D.C., recently completed an investigation of the acoustic properties of the deep seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists on the cruise measured the effects of geologic faulting on the efficiency of acoustic wave propagation. "Knowing the bottom loss-the amount of sound energy lost with each bounce off the bottom-affects how far away one can 'see' a target in the ocean using sound," said...

2010-03-11 12:47:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 11, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) has delivered the fourth of seven CA-247 airborne stabilized wide-area persistent surveillance (WAPS) production systems to the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for operational deployment. Goodrich's ISR Systems team in Barrington, Illinois produced and delivered the systems. The CA-247 camera system integrates advanced optics, stabilization, and software resulting in a large field of view that...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'