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The tourist trap
Mosquitoes with the potential to carry diseases lethal to many unique species of Galapagos wildlife are being regularly introduced to the islands via aircraft, according to new research published today. (2009-08-12)

Dragons of the air: Pterosaurs flew with smart wings
These are the images of which nightmares are made: ancient pterosaurs darkening Earth's skies during the Mesozoic era 225 million to 65 million years ago. Until now little has been understood about how these creatures, with wing spans as wide as a Lear jet, took flight. Research by an unusual partnership of paleontologist and aeronautical engineer now reveals these dragons of the air could teach today's aircraft designers a thing or two. (2004-03-15)

NASA responds to California wildfire emergency imaging request
A remotely piloted aircraft carrying a NASA sensor flew over much of California earlier this week, gathering information that will be used to help fight more than 300 wildfires burning within the state. Additional flights are planned for next week. (2008-07-14)

Scientists find ozone-destroying molecule
Using measurements from a NASA aircraft flying over the Arctic, Harvard University scientists have made the first observations of a molecule that researchers have long theorized plays a key role in destroying stratospheric ozone, chlorine peroxide. Analysis of these measurements was conducted using a computer simulation of atmospheric chemistry developed by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California. (2004-02-10)

Tropical cloud 'dust' could hold the key to climate change
Scientists at the University of Manchester will set off for Australia this week to undertake an in-depth study of tropical clouds and the particles sucked up into them to gain further insight into climate change and the depletion of the ozone layer. (2005-10-26)

ONR navigation and tracking mobile app extended for sea
Deployed Sailors and Marines on board aircraft carriers will be able to use smart phones to navigate, locate and track anyone on the ship in real time, Office of Naval Research officials announced Sept. 15. The ONR-funded Precise At-Sea Ship System for Indoor-Outdoor Navigation system uses wireless technology for internal and external surveillance of ships and aircraft, including tracking people and high-value assets. The low-cost solution utilizes commercially available software on the common smart phone. (2011-09-15)

NASA sees Tropical Storm Gabrielle resurrected in the Atlantic, Global Hawk to investigate
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the resurrected Tropical Storm Gabrielle in the Atlantic Ocean today, Sept. 10, 2013, and captured infrared data. (2013-09-10)

Russian Federation And USGS...Cooperating For Safe Airline Travel
In cooperation with Russian volcanologists at the Institute of Volcanic Geology and Geochemistry in Petropavlovsk- Kamchatsky and the U.S. National Weather Service, the USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory monitors volcanic activity, tracks ash clouds, and warns commercial and government aviation groups via the Federal Aviation Administration of potential ash cloud hazards over this busy air route. (1998-09-01)

USGS examines environmental impacts of aircraft de-icers
The US Geological Survey (USGS) has been examining the toxicity of formulations used to remove or prevent dangerous ice buildup on aircraft. A recent study has confirmed that proprietary additives are responsible for the observed toxicity. This USGS study compared nine different formulations. Some de-icers currently in use are safer for the environment than those used in the 1990. But the toxicity of anti-icers has not changed significantly. (2007-01-10)

Concept vehicle unveiled
An innovative concept for an Antarctic vehicle is unveiled this week at the Royal College of Art's final year show. Working closely with experts from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), award-winning designer James Moon has come up with a lightweight, compact eco-friendly vehicle for use in one of the Earth's most extreme environments. (2005-06-20)

Sensor could detect concealed weapons without X-rays
A new sensor being patented by Ohio State University could be used to detect concealed weapons or help pilots see better through rain and fog. Unlike X-ray machines or radar instruments, the sensor doesn't have to generate a signal to detect objects - it spots them based on how brightly they reflect the natural radiation that is all around us every day. (2005-08-01)

Engineers create robotic system to make composite material
A team of researchers is developing a robotic system to reduce the production cost of a lightweight, heat-resistant composite material, offering promise for future widespread applications. Details will be released May 22, during the 30th North American Manufacturing Research Conference at Purdue University. (2002-05-20)

Older people exposed to aircraft noise may face greater risk of hospitalization from heart problems
Older people exposed to aircraft noise, especially at high levels, may face increased risk of being hospitalized for cardiovascular disease. (2013-10-08)

K-State professor takes chemistry to another world
Once beyond Earth's atmosphere, astronauts are exposed to ionizing radiation and microgravity. Effects from these, along with the potential buildup of toxins in the enclosed environment of a spaceship, put astronaut health at risk. Kansas State University professor Chris Culbertson has been working with NASA to investigate how such hazardous conditions affect humans at the cellular level and how to lessen such conditions, thus allowing astronauts to work in a healthier environment. (2005-04-25)

£6m to develop new class of light alloys
The University of Manchester has been awarded £5.98m to develop a new class of light alloy solutions that will transform the way aircraft, trains and automobiles are built. (2005-12-13)

Fire on the 'Vomit Comet'
Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering say solid fuel particles may be safer for hazardous environments on earth and burn more efficiently in the microgravity of space than gaseous fuels, which are more combustible and difficult to transport. Their findings have important implications for longer duration space exploration and dangerous situations on earth. (2004-07-15)

Rim Fire update Aug. 27, 2013
Fire crews had their hands full with very active fire behavior today. (2013-08-27)

Mission possible: Simulation-based training and experimentation on display
A unique system that merges the virtual and real worlds to train Sailors for combat scenarios was unveiled Dec. 2 in Orlando. (2013-12-02)

NASA's CloudSat satellite and GRIP Aircraft profile Hurricane Karl
NASA's CloudSat satellite captured a profile of Hurricane Karl as it began making landfall in Mexico today. The satellite data revealed very high, icy cloud tops in Karl's powerful thunderstorms, and moderate to heavy rainfall from the storm. Meanwhile, NASA's (2010-09-17)

Forecasters implement new hurricane-tracking technique
A new technique that helps forecasters continuously monitor landfalling hurricanes, giving them frequent and detailed images of a storm's location, will be implemented this summer. (2008-04-10)

Scripps researchers use high-tech imagery for new insights into breaking wave dynamics
To surfers, breaking waves represent the thrill and challenge at the core of their sport. To scientists who study interactions between the air and the sea, breaking waves represent one of the most vital air-sea exchange mechanisms. (2002-05-01)

Road traffic noise linked to heightened risk of mid-riff bulge
Road traffic noise is linked to a heightened risk of developing a mid-riff bulge, indicates research published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. (2015-05-25)

Robots are coming to aircraft assembly
Up to now, aircraft have been put together in huge assembly cells, but to build the necessary facilities is expensive and time-consuming. That is why Fraunhofer researchers have come up with a flexible assembly-line concept that features robots working in the same way they do in automotive production. (2011-09-19)

WTC investigation identifies standards, codes issues
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) team conducting the federal building and fire safety investigation into the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster of Sept. 11, 2001, announced on June 18 that it has identified a series of issues about test methods, standards, codes and emergency operations currently used for buildings that merit further analysis as the investigation moves toward completion. (2004-07-02)

NASA HS3 mission Global Hawk's bullseye in Hurricane Edouard
NASA's Hurricane Severe Storms Sentinel or HS3 mission flew the unmanned Global Hawk aircraft on two missions between Sept. 11 and 15 into Hurricane Edouard and scored a bullseye by gathering information in the eye of the strengthening storm. Scientists saw how upper-level wind shear was affecting Edouard on the HS3's Global Hawk flight of the 2014 campaign over Sept. 11 and 12, and saw the hurricane strengthen during the sixth flight on Sept. 15 and 16. (2014-10-23)

University Of Washington Developing Fleet Of Unmanned Airplanes For Remote Weather Reconnaissance
The fog may be lifting for Northwest weather prognosticators who struggle to make forecasts without critical data on atmospheric conditions over the Pacific Ocean. Aeronautical engineering researchers at the University of Washington are preparing to launch a fleet of high-tech unmanned airplanes to gather this missing weather data. (1998-04-22)

Can Doppler weather radar detect turbulence? Three aircraft head into Colorado storms to find out
Starting June 2, the National Center for Atmospheric Research is helping guide three research aircraft into Colorado thunderstorms to test how well an airborne Doppler weather radar can detect convective turbulence. The aircraft will zero in on storms from Ft. Collins to Cheyenne, Wyoming, June 2-18. (1999-06-03)

NASA mission seeks to uncover a rainfall mystery
Scientists from NASA and other organizations are on a mission to unlock the mysteries of why certain clouds produce copious amounts of rain. In a field mission that is now under way, aircraft are carrying instruments above and into rain clouds. Meanwhile scientists are also getting rainfall measurements on the ground. (2011-04-27)

New software can help people make better decisions in time-stressed situations
Human teams aided by a software system can make decisions more accurately and quickly in time-stressed situations than teams of just people, according to the Penn State researchers who developed the new software. (2005-07-29)

Surveillance vehicles take flight using alternative energy
The Office of Naval Research's (2009-04-17)

Nervous system for structures
Technical structures will soon have their own nervous system. Developers and users expect this to bring greater safety, maintenance activities only when required, and a more efficient use of material and energy. Researchers will present a demonstrator for monitoring wind turbines at the Hannover-Messe from April 21 to 25 (Hall 2, Stand C24). (2008-04-11)

Navy researchers awarded for aircraft safety system
Four Navy researchers were awarded today with the Vice Adm. Harold G. Bowen Award for Patented Inventions. They developed the embedded Terrain Awareness Warning System, which is being installed in all US Navy F/A-18 aircraft. (2005-12-15)

DVT risk from air travel unrelated to reduced air pressure in cabin
Results of a study published as a research letter in this week's issue of THE LANCET suggest that reduced air pressure (leading to decreased oxygen availability) in pressurised aircraft cabins is not associated with increased activity of the agents responsible for blood clotting and potential deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). (2003-06-26)

NASA IceBridge concludes Arctic field campaign
Researchers with NASA's Operation IceBridge have completed another successful Arctic field campaign. During this campaign, researchers collected data on Arctic sea and land ice -- both repeating measurements on rapidly changing areas and expanding coverage into new, unsurveyed regions. (2014-05-28)

NASA lab's life-saving work
Some NASA missions fundamentally change the world of science or help win Nobel prizes, but only one saves thousands of lives worldwide every year. (2017-05-22)

Atlanta runs world's most fiscally efficient airport, Guangzhou boosts efficiency: UBC research
Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the world's busiest international airports is also the most fiscally efficient, says an aviation think-tank based at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business. (2011-08-10)

Flight commemorates first explorer to reach South Pole
To commemorate the historic flight that laid the groundwork for today's United States Antarctic Program, the National Science Foundation is making available video and still images of Richard E. Byrd's flight to the South Pole on Nov. 29, 1929, and of a commemorative flight earlier this month by a modern-day LC-130 cargo plane that retraced Byrd's route. (2004-11-26)

Taking a bird's eye view could cut wildlife collisions with aircraft
Using lights to make aircraft more visible to birds could help reduce the risk of bird strikes, new research by the US Department of Agriculture has found. The study, which examined how Canada geese responded to different radio-controlled model aircraft, is the first of its kind and is published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology. (2012-07-09)

DOE scientists sample the skies
This summer, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will take to the skies above Western Pennsylvania for one month to sample the air for aerosol pollutants and evaluate their effects on Earth's climate. (2004-06-28)

Cockpit Display System Could Reduce Mid-Air Collisions
A cockpit display system being developed at Michigan Technological University would alert pilots of small planes about other aircraft in the vicinity and drastically reduce the number of mid-air collisions. (1997-04-16)

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