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March 3, 2014
 

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The Armstrong Flight Research Center is NASA's primary center for atmospheric flight research and operations. NASA Armstrong is critical in carrying out the agency's missions of space exploration, space operations, scientific discovery, and aeronautical research and development (R&D).

Located at Edwards, California, in the western Mojave Desert, Armstrong is uniquely situated to take advantage of the excellent year-round flying weather, remote area, and visibility to test some of the nation's most exciting air vehicles.

In support of space exploration, we are managing the launch abort systems testing and integration, in partnership with the Johnson Space Center and Lockheed Martin, for the Crew Exploration Vehicle that will replace the Space Shuttle.

Armstrong was the primary alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle and orbital support for the International Space Station.
 
In support of scientific discovery, we are managing the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program - a flying telescope aboard a Boeing 747 aircraft - in partnership with the Ames Research Center and the German Aerospace Center.

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is situated immediately adjacent to the compass rose on the bed of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center is situated immediately adjacent to the compass rose on the bed of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. (NASA Photo) In support of aeronautical R&D, we are involved in many aspects of the Fundamental Aeronautics and Aviation Safety programs, including the X-48 Blended Wing Body and Ikhana (Predator B) in support of subsonics and Adaptive Flight Controls in support of the Aviation Safety Program.

For over 60 years, projects at Armstrong have led to major advancements in the design and capabilities of many state-of-the-art civilian and military aircraft. The newest, the fastest, the highest - all have made their debut in the vast, clear desert skies over Dryden.

Armstrong Flight Research Center plays a vital role in advancing technology and science through flight. Here, we demonstrate America's leadership in aeronautics and space technology as we continue to push the envelope to revolutionize aviation and pioneer aerospace technology.


Armstrong's main phone number: 661-276-3311

Armstrong Flight Research Center
P.O. Box 273
Edwards, CA 93523-0273

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