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NASA Glenn Honored with R&D 100 Awards — KiloPower and Ka-Band Software-Defined Radio

Teams of engineers and scientists working in communications and space power technology at NASA’s Glenn Research Center will be recognized this week for two of the top one hundred innovations of 2012, according to R&D Magazine. The R&D 100 Awards are given annually to the top 100 most ...

Stirling Research Lab Reaches Operation Milestone

Stirling Research Lab personnel

On Aug. 25, NASA Glenn’s Stirling Research Laboratory (SRL) surpassed 600,000 hours of cumulative convertor operations. This helps advance state of-the-art free-piston Stirling energy conversion systems for aerospace and nonaerospace applications. These systems can be used for spacecraft exploration ...

Space Station Research Exposing the Salty Truth of Supercritical Water Transitions

Images of water/saline solution being heated.

There is a moment when everything changes. Something familiar crosses a boundary and suddenly behaves in new ways. Take water for example. In middle school science class, you probably learned about saturation points when adding salt to a liquid. Or you discovered the importance of phase changes when ...

Increasing the Speed of Deep Space Communications

Dr. Daniel Raible and Dr. Aaron Swank at work on iROC test bed.

Back in the early history of transatlantic shipping, sea captains used sextants to point to the stars in order to navigate earthly destinations. Today, scientists at NASA’s Glenn Research Center are developing advanced technologies using the same celestial navigation concepts, but this time to find ...

NASA Tests Radio for Unmanned Aircraft Operations

The prototype radio, built under a cooperative agreement between NASA and Rockwell Collins, sits in its test rack in the rear section of the S-3 Viking. Credit: NASA/Jim Griner

NASA's communications experts have begun flight testing a prototype radio as part of the agency's contributions toward fully integrating civil and commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). This particular radio is one of the first steps to provide the ...

Manan Vyas Featured in ‘Meet a NASA Glenn Employee’

Manan Vyas

Manan Vyas is a research engineer in propulsion flow dynamics, performing research and development of aerospace engine aerodynamics, investigating new engine designs and components using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and conduct wind tunnel experiments.. He was recently featured on ...

Frigid Heat: How Ice Can Menace a Hot Engine

The Propulsion Systems Laboratory at NASA Glenn

NASA Glenn scientists are working with manufacturers to figure out how ice can accumulate at high altitudes in hot turbofan engines. Read an excerpt from the article featured on the NASA Glenn website. How does ice accumulate inside hot turbofan jet engines during flight? NASA scientists, working ...

Dr. William Marshall Selected as Finalist in Stellar Awards

Dr. William M. Marshall of the NASA Glenn Research Center Propulsion and Propellants Branch has won a National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Stellar Award in the "Early Career" category. Dr. Marshall received the award for exceptional leadership and technical expertise in rocket combustion ...

Manan Vyas Selected as Finalist in Service to America Award

Manan Vyas

Manan Vyas, an aerospace engineer at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and member of the Inlet and Nozzle Branch in the Aeropropulsion Division of the Research and Technology Directorate, has been named a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, also called the ...

Featured on WKSU-FM, Exploradio: Cleveland’s Ion Engines Power NASA’s Deep Space Dreams

Asteroid Retrieval Mission

Cleveland's NASA Glenn Research Center is building the ion engines that will capture an asteroid and someday take humans into deep space. NASA has set a goal to capture an asteroid and bring it to the moon for study. The engines to power that mission are being built at Cleveland’s  NASA Glenn ...