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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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‘Gliding’ to space: A novel means of launching space satellites

Posted January 18, 2013 by

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is developing a novel rocket-launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch Concept that could significantly reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of sending satellites into orbit.

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SOFIA spots recent starbursts in the Milky Way Galaxy’s center

Posted January 11, 2013 by

Researchers using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy have captured new images of a ring of gas and dust seven light-years in diameter surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

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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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NASA, GA-ASI agreement expands unmanned aircraft capabilities

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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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