|Research chemists at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed and patented a transparent thermoplastic elastomer armor to reduce weight, inherent in the most bullet-resistant glass while maintaining superior ballistic properties. The thermoplastic transparent will also be repairable using a process similar to iron pressing to remove scratches.|
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory flew their fuel cell powered Ion Tiger UAV for 48 hours and 1 minute on April 16-18 by using liquid hydrogen fuel in a new, NRL-developed, cryogenic fuel storage tank and delivery system. This flight...
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The U.S. Navy’s Research Laboratory (NRL) awarded a contract to Orbital Systems (ORB) to provide technical and support services. If all options are exercised the contract could be worth up to $95 million. Orbital has provided this kind of support in the past on previous contracts and is very qualified to develop small satellites and space launch vehicles.
Orbital will provide the NRL with research, analysis, integration and testing support as well as data collection and analysis. The work is similar to that done by the company for other parts of the U.S. government including NASA and the Air Force.
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The Navy placed a contract with the New York company Comtech Communications Corp. to build a satellite to carry a star mapping system. The contract has a value of about $38 million. The Navy currently uses a star catalogue based on data collected by a mission in 1989. Now it must rebuild it due to concerns that the old data has degraded due to the stars relative motion.
The satellite will be launched in 2013 and will the payload will operate for three years collecting the data. This is one part of the Joint Milli-Arcsecond Pathfinder Survey (JMAPS) which is run by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). The new catalog will aid navigation and satellite tracking.
DULLES, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for a spacecraft and airborne system support services contract valued at approximately $95 million over a five-year period. The contract was won in a competitive process by Orbital’s Technical Services Division (TSD), which is part of the company’s Space Systems Group. The NRL contract calls for Orbital technical personnel to conduc