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2014-04-09 16:21:40

Vehicle Integration Commences MOJAVE, Calif., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace announced today that the XCOR® Lynx® Mark I cockpit has been delivered. AdamWorks engineers, along with XCOR engineers, performed several successful pressure tests before it was packed and shipped to XCOR. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140409/LA01988 The cockpit is the principle major subassembly XCOR needs to begin assembly of the Lynx suborbital spaceplane. "The successful...

2014-04-03 16:20:12

Celebrated Aviator, Commercial Astronaut and Engineer Adds to XCOR's Depth and Experience Base MOJAVE, Calif., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace announced today that celebrated aviator, test pilot, engineer and commercial astronaut Brian Binnie has joined the company as Senior Test Pilot. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140403/LA97943 As Senior Test Pilot, Binnie will be working with another celebrated pilot and astronaut, XCOR Chief Test Pilot and former Space...

Mini Rocket Models Used In Big Way For Space Launch System Base Heating Test
2014-03-06 14:29:37

[ Watch The Video: Models Helping Engineers Better Understand Heat ] Megan Davidson, NASA To better understand the heating conditions at the base of what will be the biggest, most powerful rocket ever built, engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are thinking small -- really small. Models of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) core stage RS-25 engines and solid rocket boosters -- scaled down to just 2 percent of the actual size of the flight hardware...

dryden research center
2014-03-01 06:05:58

NASA Two generations of aerospace engineering excellence will come together Saturday, March 1 when NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., is redesignated NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. The agency's center of excellence for atmospheric flight research is being renamed in honor of the late Neil A. Armstrong, a former research test pilot at the center and the first man to step on the moon during the historic Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The late Hugh L. Dryden,...

2014-02-28 16:21:14

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two generations of aerospace engineering excellence will come together Saturday, March 1 when NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., is redesignated NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The agency's center of excellence for atmospheric flight research is being renamed in honor of the late Neil A. Armstrong, a former research test pilot at the center and...

NASA's Dryden Facility Being Renamed After First Man On The Moon
2014-01-17 13:18:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center is being renamed after the first man to walk on the moon. President Barack Obama has signed the congressional resolution known as HR 667, renaming Dryden to the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center. This resolution also means that Dryden's Western Aeronautical Test Range will be renamed as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range. “Both Hugh Dryden and Neil Armstrong are...

60th Anniversary Of First Mach 2 Flight Celebrated By NASA Dryden
2013-11-26 12:44:34

NASA Sixty years ago, A. Scott Crossfield, a talented young engineering research pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), became the first human to fly faster than twice the speed of sound in the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket in the skies over Edwards Air Force Base. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center celebrated the 60th anniversary of the milestone Nov. 20 during colloquium presentations by Dr. Richard P. Hallion, a research associate in aeronautics for the...

2013-11-19 20:20:05

MOJAVE, Calif. and CENTENNIAL, Colo., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace and United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced a significant milestone today, the first successful hot fire of the subscale 2500 lbf thrust XR-5H25 engine in the XCOR(®) and ULA liquid hydrogen (LH2) engine development program. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131119/LA20417) "The first hot fire of any engine is a major milestone but the first firing of a liquid hydrogen engine in our LH2...

2013-09-23 16:20:10

MOJAVE, Calif. and CENTENNIAL, Colo., Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace and United Launch Alliance announced significant progress today in the XCOR/ULA liquid hydrogen (LH2) engine development program. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130923/LA84600-a) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130923/LA84600LOGO-b) "We are happy to announce that we have successfully operated our liquid hydrogen pump at full design flow rate and pressure conditions," said...

Citizen Astronauts Pass Training
2013-09-09 13:21:16

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Four citizen-astronaut candidates have completed training with flying colors, setting themselves up to fly aboard the XCOR Lynx spacecraft one day under the Citizens in Space program. Citizens in Space is an organization that aims to take the laboratory that space offers to citizen scientists, opening up the door for research in a ground-breaking way. Part of the organization's plan is to allow citizen scientists to fly experiments in...