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NASA Demonstrates Space Launch System Adaptive Controls
2014-03-23 14:22:05

Leslie Williams, Public Affairs, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Can a rocket maneuver like an airplane? And can an airplane act as a surrogate for a maneuvering rocket? NASA engineers demonstrated just that when they used a NASA F/A-18 aircraft recently to simulate a rocket in its early flight phase to test adaptive software for NASA's new rocket the Space Launch System (SLS), the largest, most powerful launch vehicle for deep space missions. The tests are helping engineers...

Algorithms Plus F/A-18 Jet Equal Vital Testing For SLS Flight Control System
2013-11-20 08:27:56

NASA Raise your hand if, in a math class, you ever said, "When will I ever use this in my life?" Four young engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., can answer that question: They are using math to develop algorithms, or complex step-by-step equations, that can make an F/A-18 fighter jet fly like the Space Launch System (SLS) -- NASA's next heavy-lift launch vehicle. Marshall's Eric Gilligan and Tannen VanZwieten; Jeb Orr, a Draper Laboratory employee;...

2013-11-19 12:21:48

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has completed the first tests with an F/A-18 research jet to evaluate the autonomous flight control system for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The system, called the Adaptive Augmenting Controller, will allow SLS to respond to vehicle and environmental variations such as winds or vehicle flexibility after it blasts off the launch pad and heads...

2013-08-28 16:20:34

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The first flight of an F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet prototype featuring conformal fuel tanks (CFT) designed and built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), took place earlier this month. A photo accompanying this release is available at http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=20707. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121024/LA98563LOGO) The design and assembly of the tanks were completed in less...

2012-07-30 02:20:31

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has achieved important milestones on three F/A-18E/F related programs, highlighting the company's ongoing, successful support of the Super Hornet aircraft. Raytheon recently delivered the 300th APG-79 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to Boeing for integration on F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers. Raytheon has also delivered the 600th ALR-67(V)3 radar warning receiver, marking six years of...

2012-07-11 22:20:07

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared pod, which delivers superior electro-optical/infrared imagery and target detection range for air-to-air and air-to-ground mission support, has achieved more than 1 million hours of operational flight on the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet. "This achievement is a testament to the unmatched accuracy and performance of ATFLIR," said Mark Sims, director of Strategy and...

2012-04-05 06:20:21

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $7.8 million contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command for production of more than 20 F/A-18 E/F 20mm gun systems for the Super Hornet fighter aircraft. The F/A-18 E/F gun system is composed of a lightweight, six-barrel 20mm M61A2 Gatling gun equipped with a closed-loop rotary linkless feed system. The system has...

2012-02-22 13:00:00

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced that it has completed delivery of 257 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighters and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to the U.S. Navy. Each aircraft was delivered ahead of schedule and within the contract budget. The aircraft were delivered to the Navy from 2007 through 2011 under a multi-year procurement (MYP) contract awarded to Boeing on Dec. 29, 2003. The Navy purchased the aircraft during fiscal years...

2011-11-22 08:00:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) recently delivered its 300th active electronically scanned array APG-79 radar to Boeing for integration on the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler, including 24 AESA systems delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force for the F/A-18 Super Hornet. "The APG-79 radar continues to deliver enhanced situational awareness for aircrews and unparalleled fighter combat proficiency for our domestic and...

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2011-06-22 10:07:48

Southern California's high desert has been a stand-in for Mars for NASA technology testing many times over the years. And so it is again, in a series of flights by an F/A-18 aircraft to test the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. The flight profile is designed to have the F/A-18 climb to 40,000 feet (about 12,000 meters). From there, it makes a series of subsonic, stair-step dives at angles of 40 to 90 degrees to simulate what the Mars radar will see while the...