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October 25, 2016
NASA Establishes the Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
NASA announces the addition of its newest virtual institute to advance the field of small spacecraft systems. The Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI), hosted at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, will leverage the growing small spacecraft community, promote innovation, identify emerging technology opportunities, and provide an efficient channel for communication about small spacecraft systems with industry, academia, and other government agencies. "NASA sees en ... read more

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Ames Laboratory scientists gain insight on mechanism of unconventional superconductivity
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and partner institutions conducted a systematic investigation into the properties of the newest family of unconventional superconductin ... more

No GPS, no problem: Next-generation navigation
A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside has developed a highly reliable and accurate navigation system that exploits existing environmental signals such as cellular and Wi-F ... more
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China's Xi to consolidate power at key meeting: analysts

White House looks to ride out Duterte storm

Airbus Helicopters, DCNS team for future helicopter drone

General Atomics to provide Gray Eagle drone support

US warns Philippines' Duterte over rhetoric, crime war

US to deploy 330 troops in Norway


New technology may allow drones to recharge midflight
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In a first, brain computer interface helps paralyzed man feel again
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Silent Falcon and MicroPilot succeed at NASA UTM 2016
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Drones help identify post-Hurricane Matthew needs in Haiti

On Syria border, Mosul refugees trapped under IS fire

Indian washermen keep tradition alive despite daily grind

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