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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

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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

Posted November 22, 2013 by

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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NASA, GA-ASI agreement expands unmanned aircraft capabilities

Posted December 7, 2012 by

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. have partnered in a collaborative agreement to allow for the development and flight testing of new command and control satellite link capabilities on a Predator B unmanned aircraft system. As the result of a no-cost Space Act Agreement signed in September, the parties will…

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College students study Earth from NASA’s DC-8 flying lab

Posted June 27, 2014 by

Thirty-two undergraduate students from a like number of colleges and universities are participating in an eight-week NASA Airborne Science Program field experience designed to immerse them in the agency's Earth Science research.

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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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NASA Dryden celebrates 60th anniversary of first Mach 2 flight

Posted November 27, 2013 by Merlin

Sixty years ago, A. Scott Crossfield, a talented young engineering research pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, became the first human to fly faster than twice the speed of sound in the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket in the skies over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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NASA chases climate change clues into the stratosphere

Posted January 11, 2013 by

Starting this month, NASA will send a remotely piloted research aircraft as high as 65,000 feet over the tropical Pacific Ocean to probe unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how changing in a warming climate is changing Earth. The first flights of the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX), a multi-year airborne science…

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