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NASA will soon start testing its first all-electric X-plane

Those tests will help develop certification standards for electric aircraft

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NASA's Mars Helicopter begins final testing before 2020 mission

The rover it will ride in on is the size of a compact car

The rover it will ride in on is the size of a compact car.

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NASA goes back to the middle ages for its rover tire design

Based on the principals of chainmail armor, NASA's "Superelastic" tires can withstand more deformation than any other non-pneumatic tire.

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World Report 9/16: Frankfurt Motor Show And More

Welcome to TRANSLOGIC World Report: Your weekly roundup of transportation tech news from around the web.

Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Its Final Liftoff [VIDEO]

Today marked the penultimate flight for the NASA shuttle program with the 25th and final liftoff of the space shuttle Endeavour. The Endeavour will deliver equipment and supplies to the ISS including a particle physics experiment module (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer) and a payload platform (ExPRESS Logistics Carrier).

Perpetual Power? NASA creates submersible that can run nearly forever

Well, it's not exactly perpetual motion or energy, but it's getting closer than most such attempts. Plus, instead of being backed by some sort of random crackpot scientist, this particular project has the backing of NASA and the U.S. Navy. So, what is it? (Take a deep breath.) The Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangrian Observer Thermal Recharging (SOLO-TREC) autonomous underwater vehicle. Says Jack Jones, a JPL principal engineer and SOLO-T

NASA to send R2 droid robot co-developed with GM to space station

General Motors R2 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler and NASA partner on advanced technologies

Now here's a partnership we didn't see coming: Chrysler and NASA have jumped into bed to share research on things like radar, materials and robotics. While we can't imagine Chrysler has too much to add to that discussion, the partnership could have a wide-ranging impact on the company's future products. Neither NASA nor Chrysler is exactl

Chrysler and NASA partner on advanced technologies

Now here's a partnership we didn't see coming: Chrysler and NASA have jumped into bed to share research on things like radar, materials and robotics. While we can't imagine Chrysler has too much to add to that discussion, the partnership could have a wide-ranging impact on the company's future products. Neither NASA nor Chrysler is exactl

Are We The Future Power?

In Episode 1.1 of TRANSLOGIC, we introduced you to the HumanCar Imagine_PS, something that looks like a modern-day railroad car. What makes the Imagine_PS go is good old elbow grease (and a lot of it -- think of the vehicle as a four-man rowing machine), running on calories as opposed to carbons. The vehicle's two electric motors in the wheels generate about four horsepower (about the power of a weed whacker), creating what inventor Charles S. Greenwood calls a "bionic human hybrid." Drivers can

This plug-in vehicle shoots for the moon (rover)

With no time on its hands for promotional appearances at glitzy European autoshows, one of America's most advanced electric vehicles has been busy being put through its paces on the torturous terrain found at Black Point Lava Flow in Arizona. The Lunar Electric Rover (LER) has spent the last couple weeks wandering about this wasteland simulating a search for lost crew members in a trial that's putting the modern plug-in electric car arc

Free Spirit: NASA's stuck rover marks 2,000 days on Mars

Quick -- what's got six wheels, lives on Mars and has been stuck in a sand trap named Troy since May 1 of this year? If you answered, "NASA's Spirit Rover," pat yourself on the back. Spirit, along with its twin rover Opportunity, was only supposed to provide three months of Martian exploration. Incredibly, both Spirit and Opportunity are still kicking, having lasted over 20 times longer than initial NASA projections. In fact, Spirit just passed a major milestone as a result of it having landed o

VIDEO: NASA's catalytic converter could reduce pollution by 30%

Tech Watch is a show about how NASA applies its space-based research to help solve Earth-bound problems. In the segment we've pasted after the jump, we learn about technology originally developed for space lasers that's now being used to make a new kind of catalytic converter. Unlike regular cars, which must warm up before they can clean a car's

2007 Russo & Steele, Scottsdale: 1967 Gus Grissom Corvette goes for $275,000

Click on the image for a high-res gallery of photos of these cars

NASA: arctic ice melting faster than before

NASA recenty released two studies that show Arctic ice shrinking at a more rapid pace than previously thought.

Ford Focus gains NASA Spec class

Sure, the Ford Focus is getting a bit long in the tooth and we're all impatiently awaiting the arrival of the next generation car, but that shouldn't overshadow the successes of the current model. From day one, the current Focus has been lauded as a fun to drive small car. From the base model all the way up to the hot hatch SVT, the Focus has proven itself willing to hike up its side skirts and get a move on at the slightest provocation.