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The long, narrow wings of NASA's Altair are designed to allow the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to maintain long-duration flight at high altitudes.


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10.24.05 - NASA Names New Aeronautics Associate Administrator
Lisa J. Porter will lead the agency's aeronautics research efforts and continue to lead NASA's efforts in the development of national aeronautics policy in cooperation with other government agencies.
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10.18.05 - This Isn't Your Father's Cockpit
Pilots on a NASA Boeing 757 aircraft just completed the next series of tests of the Synthetic Vision System (SVS) a new cockpit set-up that replaces gauges and dials with display screens. Using SVS technology, pilots are able to "see" terrain and obstacles even in bad weather or darkness.
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10.11.05 - ISO a Few Good Thermals
NASA engineers fly a 14-foot sailplane to see if the craft can catch thermals like birds and ride them, extending flight range and conserving fuel.
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08.23.05 - NASA Honors High Flying Space Pioneers
NASA awarded astronaut wings today to three 1960's-era test pilots, who were never recognized for going into space flying the X-15 experimental aircraft.
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08.10.05 - NASA and Industry Team Tests Aircraft Noise-Reducing Technologies
NASA and aerospace industry partners are flight testing new technologies to see if they can make aircraft quieter.
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07.28.05 - NASA Announces Aeronautical Centennial Challenge
NASA and the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency Foundation announced the first aeronautical competition in the Centennial Challenges program.
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  07.27.05 - NASA Research Helps Develop New Light Jet Aircraft
NASA has contributed to the development of aircraft called Very Light Jets, some of which are making public debuts at AirVenture 2005.
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  07.22.05 - NASA Brings Exploration's Future to EAA Oshkosh Airventure 2005
NASA scientists, engineers, educators, and communicators bring a slice of tomorrow to the EAA's annual air show on July 25-31 in Oshkosh, Wis.
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  07.20.05 - New NASA Design Concept Smokes Out False Alarms
NASA researchers have successfully tested a new generation of fire detectors that could significantly reduce the rate of false alarms in the cargo and baggage compartments of commercial airliners.
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  07.19.05 - NASA Technology Helps Smooth Bumpy Airline Rides
Most airline passengers and flight crews have one thing in common: they don't like turbulence.
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  07.08.05 - NASA Funds Studies for Quieter Supersonic Boom
NASA and industry teams are studying building an airplane that could lessen the noise and window-rattling effects of supersonic flight.
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  06.20.05 - Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: Guinness Recognizes NASA Scramjet
NASA has been officially recognized for setting the speed record for a jet-powered aircraft by Guinness World Records.
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