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SwRI’s CAsed Pipeline COrrosion Model predicts corrosion conditions
CAPCOM recognized as one of top 100 inventions of the year
[Friday, November 20, 2015]

SwRI’s RANGER localization technology allows precise automated driving
RANGER recognized as one of top 100 inventions of the year
[Friday, November 20, 2015]

SwRI wins two 2015 R&D 100 Awards
CAPCOM corrosion modeling, RANGER localization technology among top inventions of the year
[Tuesday, November 17, 2015]

SwRI scientists explain why Moon rocks contain fewer volatiles than Earth’s
New research shows Earth captured volatile-rich materials in final steps of Moon’s formation
[Monday, November 09, 2015]

SwRI scientists predict that rocky planets formed from ‘pebbles’
New process explains massive differences between Earth and Mars
[Monday, October 26, 2015]

SwRI expands its Heavy Article Test facility
Upgrade accommodates larger, heavier structures
[Wednesday, October 21, 2015]

NASA’s IBEX spacecraft sets “gold standard” for understanding the galactic material surrounding our solar system
Mission opens window on the local interstellar environment, its composition, its properties, and other processes at work
[Tuesday, October 20, 2015]

SwRI to launch 7th clean diesel engine consortium
Kick-off meeting for industry’s longest-running diesel research consortium set for Nov. 5
[Monday, October 19, 2015]

Just three months after flyby, New Horizons team publishes first research paper presenting numerous Pluto system findings
Diversity of Pluto’s landforms, atmosphere, and moons highlight the first three months of New Horizons data returns
[Thursday, October 15, 2015]

Three SwRI automotive engineers win Innovation Award
Award presented at 28th World LPG Forum in Singapore
[Wednesday, October 14, 2015]

SwRI-led study finds that a comet’s tail may shed light on solar wind heating
The turbulence of the solar wind helps explain its variable nature and high temperatures
[Tuesday, October 13, 2015]

SwRI awarded $3 million NASA contract to develop mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids
Lucy one of five candidates up for selection under NASA Discovery Program
[Friday, October 02, 2015]

SwRI expands microencapsulation capabilities with customized fluid bed coater
New device will increase capacity six-fold
[Wednesday, September 30, 2015]

SwRI, CU partner to boost graduate education, real-world collaboration
Collaboration enables CU graduate students to contribute to SwRI planetary and space science programs
[Friday, September 18, 2015]

SwRI receives $3.2 million contract from Energy Department for solar power research
Work will center on improving power generation in concentrating solar power plants
[Thursday, September 17, 2015]

Southwest Research Institute's new pollution abatement system significantly reduces hazardous waste
Custom-designed pollution abatement system reduces emissions, improves efficiency
[Wednesday, September 02, 2015]

SwRI’s Durda awarded Sagan Medal
Medal to be awarded at November DPS meeting
[Friday, August 21, 2015]

SwRI scientists think “planetary pebbles” were the building blocks for the largest planets
Discovery improves solar system formation models
[Wednesday, August 19, 2015]

Lunar crater named for former SwRI Space Scientist David C. Slater
Planetary scientist who developed an instrument for studying sunless areas of lunar craters honored by IAU
[Wednesday, August 12, 2015]

SwRI scientists study nitrogen provision for Pluto’s atmosphere
What resupplies the nitrogen content as its atmosphere is depleted?
[Tuesday, August 11, 2015]

SwRI scientist selected for NASA Antarctic hunt for meteorites
2015-2016 ANSMET campaign kicks off in November
[Friday, August 07, 2015]

Southwest Research Institute awarded grant from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to further reduce emissions from fire testing
SwRI only organization to receive a 2015 grant in the new technology category
[Tuesday, August 04, 2015]

SwRI’s Alan Stern invited to testify before U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Space
Stern to address discoveries, further opportunities of New Horizons mission
[Monday, July 27, 2015]

SwRI’s McComas awarded NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal
McComas recognized for contributions to NASA Advisory Council
[Wednesday, July 22, 2015]

Multiple Discoveries from New Horizons Pluto Mission
Pluto, Charon photos capture exciting clear images of mountainous terrain
[Wednesday, July 15, 2015]

NASA’S three-billion-mile journey to Pluto reaches historic encounter
First space mission to explore Pluto, New Horizons reaches historic closest encounter
[Tuesday, July 14, 2015]

Southwest Research Institute agreement with Air Force Sustainment Center reduces costs, increases efficiency
Enterprise Partnering Agreement facilitates project flow between Air Force Sustainment Center, SwRI
[Thursday, July 09, 2015]

SwRI, UTSA invest in two new joint research projects
Biofuels, vaccine projects receive $125,000 awards
[Tuesday, June 23, 2015]

Alice instrument’s ultraviolet close-up provides a surprising discovery about comet’s atmosphere
SwRI-developed ultraviolet spectrograph is aboard Rosetta, the first spacecraft to study a comet up close
[Tuesday, June 02, 2015]

SwRI’s Stern named Honorary Fellow of Royal Astronomical Society; selected to receive Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award
New Horizons Principal Investigator honored for his efforts to explore the Pluto system
[Tuesday, June 02, 2015]

Two Southwest Research Institute instruments selected for NASA Europa mission
SwRI-led mass spectrometer and ultraviolet spectrograph will investigate Jupiter’s fourth-largest moon
[Wednesday, May 27, 2015]

Particle sensor consortium’s new phase aims at California’s emissions deadlines
Particle Sensor Performance and Durability II (PSPD-II) consortium plans future research
[Thursday, May 14, 2015]

Ward elected to National Academy of Sciences
NAS membership one of the highest honors awarded to U.S. scientists or engineers
[Wednesday, May 13, 2015]

NASA funds SwRI instrument to date Moon and Mars rocks
CODEX device will allow unmanned rovers to determine the age of rocks, search for clues to life in the solar system
[Tuesday, May 12, 2015]

SwRI reveals the first “images” of thunder
Scientists developed a large, sophisticated array of microphones to study the acoustic signature of thunder
[Tuesday, May 05, 2015]

SwRI-led team studies meteorites from asteroids to date Moon-forming impact
Debris from the Moon-forming impact blasted main belt asteroids long ago, but left behind traces of what happened
[Thursday, April 16, 2015]

SwRI awarded second consecutive Seal of Distinction
SwRI receives its second Seal of Distinction at the WorldatWork AWLP 2015 Future of Work Forum
[Wednesday, March 18, 2015]

SwRI-led researchers study methane-rich plumes from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus
Methane produced by hydrothermal processes at rock-water boundary
[Thursday, March 12, 2015]

Magnetospheric Multiscale Spacecraft Poised for Launch
MMS mission to study a universal force of nature: magnetic reconnection
[Tuesday, March 10, 2015]

SwRI receives $9.9 million from U.S. DOE to improve solar plant efficiency
SwRI will lead a team of industry collaborators to develop a high-efficiency supercritical CO2 hot gas turbo-expander and compact heat exchangers for concentrating solar power plants.
[Tuesday, March 03, 2015]

SwRI’s Walker named Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Walker to be formally recognized May 6 at AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala
[Tuesday, March 03, 2015]

Southwest Research Institute wins $20 million EPA contract for emissions testing, analytical services
SwRI to evaluate vehicles, fuels and additives to ensure regulatory and safety requirements
[Tuesday, February 24, 2015]

SwRI directors, trustees get technical briefings at 67th Annual Trustees Meeting
Six cutting-edge science, technology projects highlighted
[Monday, February 23, 2015]

Rosetta data reveals more surprises about comet 67P
Coma composition varies significantly over time
[Thursday, January 22, 2015]

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