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NASA to Conduct Final Orion Parachute Test in October

NASA is set to conduct the last in a series of tests to qualify the use of the Orion spacecraft’s parachute system for missions to the moon and other outer space locations. The eighth and final test of Orion's parachute system will take place on Sept. 12 at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., the space agency said Friday.

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Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson: Air Force Eyes AI, Cloud Adoption as Part of ISR Flight Plan

Air Force Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Thursday how the service intends to use artificial intelligence in the development of a collaborative sensing grid as part of the ISR flight plan.

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NASA Launches Competition to Develop Sugar-Based Energy Sources for Mars Missions

NASA has launched a new competition that aims to identify ways to convert carbon dioxide into energy-rich sugars that that may be used by astronauts to meet various needs during Mars missions. Administered under the Centennial Challenges program, the CO2 Conversion Challenge tasks participants to introduce space-usable methods for producing CO2-based glucose, an ideal feedstock alternative to power systems, the space agency said Thursday.

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Rear Adm. Ron Boxall: Navy’s Large Surface Combatant to Have Space for Lasers, Railguns

Navy Rear Adm. Ron Boxall, surface warfare director OPNAV N96, has said the service’s first Future Surface Combatant ship would have the space, weight, power and cooling capacity to integrate laser guns, radars, an electromagnetic railgun and other weapon systems, USNI News reported Wednesday.

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AFRL Verifies Process to Extend Service Life of Aircraft Hydraulic Lines

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate has developed, tested and verified a cold spray coating process designed to extend the service life of aircraft hydraulic lines. The process accelerates metal particles via high pressure to allow for bonding onto surfaces without the need for high temperatures, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Wednesday.

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