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X-56A technology demonstrator achieves first flight

Posted August 2, 2013 by Holly Jordan

The Air Force Research Laboratory, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and NASA, recently undertook the first flight on July 26 of the X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed flight demonstrator, at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.

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NASA’s G-III Aerodynamics Test Bed undergoes stress tests

Posted July 26, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich NASA Dryden Flight Loads engineer William Lokos monitors a wing loading test of NASA G-III 804 during recent testing in support of the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge, or ACTE, project. NASA’s G-III Research Test Bed aircraft No. 804 recently underwent structural testing in NASA Dryden Flight Research Center’s Flight Loads…

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NASA’S SOFIA investigates the southern sky from New Zealand

Posted July 19, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas The SOFIA flying observatory is operating from Christchurch, New Zealand. Scientists are observing celestial objects from the Southern Hemisphere including the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, young stars, star forming regions, supernova remnants in the southern Milky Way, and the Magellanic Clouds. NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory will be based…

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NASA intern Dan Frecka: Living the dream at Dryden

Posted July 5, 2013 by

NASA photograph Ohio State computer science and engineering student Dan Frecka works on flight simulations in the Research Aircraft Integration Facility during his internship at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California. A NASA internship is what a lot of engineering students dream of, and one from Ohio State University is living that dream…

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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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