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Jetsons Redux: Developing future aircraft control systems

Posted March 22, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida The quad-rotor model helicopter is flying to validate research on elements of a futuristic control system that has immediate applications for unmanned aircraft systems and potentially to a future personal air vehicle. When George Jetson was ready to head off to the office he hopped into his bubble-shaped aerocar and…

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NASA Dryden’s DROID mini-UAV reaches new heights

Posted August 9, 2013 by

The smallest member of NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's research aircraft fleet successfully flew to new heights recently to validate its potential as a tow plane for a scale model of a rocket-launching glider.

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NASA Dryden F/A-18 to be chasing ‘FaINT’ sonic booms

Posted November 2, 2012 by

NASA photograph by Jim Ross NASA’s F/A-18B mission support aircraft 852 is pictured flying over the high desert near the Tehachapi Mountains northwest of Mojave, Calif. The aircraft will be flying a series of low-supersonic, high-altitude flight profiles during the Farfield Investigation of No Boom Threshold, or FaINT, flight research project at NASA Dryden. NASA’s…

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NASA begins testing of new spectrograph on agency’s airborne observatory

Posted June 13, 2014 by

Astronomers are eagerly waiting to begin use of a new instrument to study celestial objects: a high-resolution, mid-infrared spectrograph mounted on NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, the world's largest flying telescope.

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Super Guppy swallows T-38s; heads for El Paso

Posted March 29, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Jim Ross Two retired NASA T-38 trainers mounted on a transport pallet atop a mobile transporter are positioned for loading aboard NASA’s Super Guppy prior to ferrying them to El Paso, Texas, for disassembly. A NASA Super Guppy transport plane “swallowed” two NASA T-38 aircraft whole March 18, right out on NASA…

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NASA Dryden awards facilities maintenance contract to Helix Management Services

Posted October 25, 2013 by

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., has awarded a contract to Helix Management Services, of Lanham, Md., to provide facility operations and maintenance services at the center’s campuses at Edwards Air Force Base and Palmdale, Calif. The firm fixed-price contract could be worth as much as $29.4 million over the five-year life of the…

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X-48 Blended Wing Body Research aircraft makes 100th test flight

Posted November 9, 2012 by

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas The upgraded X-48C version of Boeing’s Blending Wing Body subscale research aircraft banks over Rogers Dry Lake near “Contractors’ Row” at Edwards Air Force Base during a test flight Oct. 16, 2012. Combined with the earlier X-48B version, the X-48 technology demonstrator has now flown 100 test missions, more than…

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NASA Aeronautics makes strides to bring back supersonic passenger travel

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NASA photograph by Jim Ross NASA F/A-18 mission support aircraft were used to create low-intensity sonic booms during a resaerch project at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. The Waveforms and Sonic boom Perception and Response, or WSPR, project gathered data from a select group of more than 100 volunteer Edwards Air…

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Highest, longest flight to date for Masten’s Xombie with Genie payload

Posted April 5, 2013 by

NASA photographs by Tom Tshida Masten Space Systems’ Xombie technology demonstration rocket soars aloft, guided by Draper Lab’s GENIE navigation and control system designed to land space vehicles on other bodies in the solar system. MOJAVE, Calif. A rocket-powered, vertical-landing space-access technology demonstrator reached its highest altitude and furthest distance to date March 25 at…

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NASA tests SLS autopilot technology on F/A-18 Jet

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NASA photograph by Jim Ross An F/A-18 research jet simulated various flight conditions that NASA’s Space Launch System may experience as it makes its way from the launch pad to space, to evaluate the rocket’s flight control system. The tests are helping engineers design a system that can autonomously adjust to unexpected conditions during flight….

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