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NASA Dryden awards aircraft operations support contract

Posted June 7, 2013 by

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center has selected L-3 Vertex Aerospace of Madison, Miss., to support the operations of all aircraft assigned to the center’s main campus at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in nearby Palmdale, Calif. †The cost-plus-award-fee contract takes effect July 1 following a month-long phase-in. It…

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Infrared image of California Powerhouse Fire from NASA ER-2

Posted June 7, 2013 by

NASA Ames/UC-Santa Cruz image courtesy of Jeffrey Myers The MASTER instrument on NASA’s ER-2 high-altitude science aircraft captured this infrared image of the Powerhouse wildfire in the Angeles Forest near Lake Hughes, Calif., during a nighttime flight May 31-June 1. The MASTER composite image shows the intensity of the fire’s heat in different colors, with…

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NASA, Northrop Grumman continue partnership for science

Posted May 31, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Tony Landis Their bulbous noses almost touching, NASA’s two Global Hawks line up nose-to-nose on the ramp at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the two autonomously operated unmanned aircraft are flown on long-duration environmental science missions. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and…

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

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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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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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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 begins flight research campaign using alternate jet fuel

Posted March 8, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Eddie Winstead Puffy white exhaust contrails stream from the engines of NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory in this photo taken from an HU-25 Falcon flying in trail about 30 feet behind the DC-8. Instruments on the Falcon were measuring the chemical contents of the exhaust contrails at varying distances from the DC-8, which…

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Educator teams fly on NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory

Posted February 22, 2013 by

The first four Airborne Astronomy Ambassador educators returned safely to Earth at Palmdale, Calif., early in the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, after completing their initial flight on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA.

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NASA Space Flight Awareness program honors Dryden employees

Posted February 15, 2013 by

Two employees of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center have been honored by NASA’s Space Flight Awareness program for their contributions to excellence in quality and safety in support of human spaceflight. Dennis Avila, a program manager with Lockheed Martin under contract to NASA Dryden and Michael A. Collie, a lead quality assurance specialist at NASA…

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NASA Science Chief John Grunsfeld tours DAOF

Posted February 8, 2013 by

NASA photographs by Jim Ross John Grunsfeld (left) and a DSI telescope technician examine the framework supporting the 100-inch primary mirror in the telescope cavity of NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory. John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and a former space shuttle astronaut, was brought up to date on the status of a…

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