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2013-05-30 08:20:26

SAN DIEGO, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center extended the NASA Space Act Agreement and will continue sharing Northrop Grumman-produced Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for science missions and flight demonstrations, including hurricane surveillance, atmospheric research and exploration of new mission capabilities. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121024/LA98563LOGO) "In the last five years, the...

2013-04-12 12:20:16

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing (NYSE: BA) X-48C research aircraft flew for the 30th and final time April 9, marking the successful completion of an eight-month flight-test program to explore and further validate the aerodynamic characteristics of the Blended Wing Body design concept. All 30 flights were conducted at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. The X-48C typically flew for approximately 30 minutes on most flights, reaching speeds of up to...

2012-12-06 16:20:14

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is inviting media to look behind-the-scenes at several active Earth science missions that will take to the air next month to study climate change and air pollution. These airborne missions are all based at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Jan. 25, journalists will have the opportunity to meet with mission scientists to find out how they are...

2012-08-07 14:20:06

CHICAGO, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A modified Boeing (NYSE: BA) Blended Wing Body research aircraft - designated the X-48C - flew for the first time today at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The remotely piloted X-48C aircraft took off at 7:56 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and climbed to an altitude of 5,500 feet before landing 9 minutes later. The X-48C is a scale model of a heavy-lift, subsonic vehicle that forgoes the conventional...

Image 1 - Dryden Supported Many Aspects Of Space Shuttle Missions
2011-12-12 06:57:57

Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California's high desert, where NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is located, was selected as the initial primary landing site for the space shuttles because of the safety margin presented by Rogers Dry Lake and its long runways, one of which stretches 7.5 miles. It was also the location of the approach and landing tests of the prototype shuttle Enterprise in 1977 that proved the bulky, high-drag shuttle could be safely maneuvered to a precise landing on...

Image 1 - Global Hawks Prepare For 2012 Hurricane Study
2011-09-16 08:07:13

  A group of environmental scientists has set up an office in an aircraft hangar at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif., in preparation for a multi-year airborne science investigation of hurricane formation and intensification. As they work on their computers, the scientists are also monitoring the installation and testing of specialized weather-monitoring instruments on one of NASA's Global Hawk remotely operated unmanned aircraft. This hands-on approach to...

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2009-03-11 07:31:30

Kevin L. Petersen, director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, announced he plans to retire from NASA effective April 3. A veteran aerospace engineer and manager with 38 years experience at Dryden, Petersen has served as the center's director for more than 10 years and is the longest-serving field center director currently at NASA. Dryden's deputy center director, David D. McBride, has been named acting director. "Kevin's service to NASA exemplifies what's great about the people who...

2008-08-07 18:00:11

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has awarded a multi-year contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation's Integrated Systems Division of San Diego for engineering and technical services in support of the center's planned operation of two Global Hawk aircraft. The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, sole-source contract is for a five-year period with a value not to exceed $25 million. The agreement covers the period from...