NRL Scientist in the Right Place, Right Time to Record Historical Earthquake

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) researcher Ben Phrampus recorded the largest U.S. earthquake in nearly half a century when it hit recently off the coast of southern Alaska. The 8.2-magnitude earthquake went mostly unnoticed since it was almost 20 miles below the ocean floor. It briefly, however, sparked evacuations, tsunami warnings in the region, and two aftershocks of 6.2 and…

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Peering through the clouds of Earth’s ‘Evil Twin’ surprises NRL sky watchers

April 15, 2021 – U.S. Naval Research Laboratory scientists were recently left scratching their heads over a familiar sight in the sky. Venus images are nothing new, but a solar probe surprised the researchers by seeing through the planet’s clouds. NRL’s Wide-field Imager for Parker Solar Probe (WISPR) took a stunning image of Earth’s celestial neighbor Venus last year that…

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NRL Researchers Search for Critical Ocean Sciences Data With Lidar

19 March 2021 – U.S. Naval Research Laboratory researchers from the Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate along with the Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1’s UV-18 Twin Otter conducted airborne research last month in Homer, Alaska. The team’s objective was to measure bubbles using lidar, a laser system for measuring the ocean properties. Improved understanding of bubble fields has…

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Naval Research Lab Space Research Group to Validate Satellite Interoperability

October 14, 2020 – A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) research group will use its background in space system development to help ensure future satellites have the capability to work together. Announced Aug. 31, NRL’s work supports the Space Development Agency’s two multi-million dollar contract awards for the development of the first generation of the Transport Layer, representing the first…

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Naval Research Laboratory Conducts First Test of Solar Power Satellite Hardware in Orbit

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory engineers launched PRAM, the Photovoltaic Radio-frequency Antenna Module, aboard an Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on May 17 as part of a comprehensive investigation into prospective terrestrial use of solar energy captured in space. “To our knowledge, this experiment is the first test in orbit of hardware designed specifically for solar power satellites, which could…

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