Latest Dryden Flight Research Center Stories

2010-09-02 07:47:39

NASA has set media accreditation deadlines for the November space shuttle flight to the International Space Station. Shuttle Discovery and six astronauts are targeted to launch on the STS-133 mission on Nov. 1 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Deadlines also have been set for journalists who want to cover the shuttle's move from its processing facility to the launch pad and practice countdown. Reporters must apply for credentials to attend the launch or cover the mission from other...

2010-08-31 10:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- ARES Corporation announced that it has been named NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's (DFRC) Small Business Subcontractor of the Year. This award, presented by each of NASA's 10 field centers, recognizes companies who "provide value-added and outstanding support--on schedule and within cost--and innovative solutions to problems / issues that arise in the execution of the contract." (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100413/SF85336LOGO)...

2010-08-06 19:15:56

Eight high school students who participated in the INSPIRE internship program at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center this summer learned first-hand about the start-to-finish process of flight testing experimental aircraft.NASA Dryden controls and dynamics engineer Brian Taylor, who served as mentor to the INSPIRE interns, said the students modeled, tested, and analyzed the aerodynamic and mass properties of a large model aircraft called the Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drone "“...

2010-07-07 14:17:00

WASHINGTON, July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three NASA aircraft will begin flights to study tropical cyclones on Aug. 15 during the agency's first major U.S.-based hurricane field campaign since 2001. The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes mission, or GRIP, will study the creation and rapid intensification of hurricanes. One of the major challenges in tropical cyclone forecasting is knowing when a tropical cyclone is going to form. Scientists will use the data from this six-week...

2010-04-14 10:50:00

On Tuesday, officials from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced the start of a 24-hour flight for the unpiloted Global Hawk aircraft, a robotic plane that can fly nearly twice as high as commercial airliners. The Global Hawk, which was originally designed to complete high-altitude, high-endurance recon and intelligence, is now being used by NASA to help scientists study the atmosphere. During Tuesday's flight, the craft soared over the Pacific Ocean while being...

2010-04-07 06:25:47

A team led by NASA and The Boeing Company has completed the first phase of flight tests on the subscale X-48B blended wing body aircraft at the agency's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif. The remotely piloted, 500-pound airplane with the silhouette resembling a manta ray "“ also called a hybrid wing body -- is a tool of NASA's new Environmentally Responsible Aviation, or ERA, Project, which aims to develop the technology needed to create a quieter, cleaner, and more...

2010-02-24 12:39:59

Reporters are invited to a media day in April to observe the first environmental science mission of NASA's Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The Global Hawk Pacific 2010 mission, or GloPac, will involve a series of long-duration flights by the autonomously operated aircraft. The flights will travel over the Pacific Ocean south to the equator, west past Hawaii, and north into the Arctic. Ten instruments on the aircraft...

2010-02-17 07:12:10

NASA will exercise a one-year extension option for a contract with Computer Science Corporation of Fort Worth, Texas, to provide aircraft maintenance and modification support. The extension is valued at $58 million. The Aircraft Maintenance and Modification Program contract provides for the continuity of services for flight line; intermediate and depot level maintenance; repairs; and modifications and engineering support on aircraft. The aircraft supported are operated at NASA's Johnson Space...

2010-01-08 11:40:00

Most astronomers wouldn't dream of opening their observatory's doors in 100 mph winds. Yet NASA's new SOFIA telescope recently flew in an airplane at 250 mph with doors wide open. On Dec. 18th, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), flew in a modified Boeing 747 at 15,000 feet for one hour and 19 minutes. For two minutes of that time, the door by the telescope was wide open. "This was the first time the door was fully opened in flight," says Bob Meyer, SOFIA program...

2010-01-06 10:28:05

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden has named David D. McBride director of the agency's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. "David has done a terrific job as the acting Dryden director, and I am pleased he will be continuing as director," Bolden said. "David's expertise, leadership and flight research acumen will benefit NASA and the entire aerospace community." McBride will direct all aspects of facility management, strategy and operations at Dryden, one of...

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