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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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Mission control center upgrades increase capability

Posted August 2, 2013 by

Performing major renovations to the gold and blue rooms may sound like it's leading to the grand re-opening of a popular night club, but at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, it means an increased capability in flight operations and testing.

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NASA’s Operation IceBridge resumes flights over Antarctica

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Scientists and flight crew members with Operation IceBridge, NASA's airborne mission to study Earth's changing polar ice, are beginning anothercampaign over Antarctica.

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NASA, Virgin Galactic announce payloads for SpaceShipTwo flight

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NASA has selected 12 technology experiments to fly on the first commercial research flight on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.

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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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