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NASA - F/A-18 News Archives
February 12, 2014
 

2013
NASA Dryden In 2013: Contributing to Aerospace Technology, Earth & Space Science (12/12): NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, CA, helped advance the Agency’s overall mission of Earth and space science and aerospace technology research as it continued supporting NASA's four mission areas during 2013. +Read more

NASA Tests Space Launch System Autopilot Technology on F/A-18 Jet (11/12): 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. +Read more

2012
NASA Dryden in 2012: Contributing to Aerospace and Science Research (12/12): NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, CA, helped advance the Agency's overall mission of Earth and space science and aerospace technology research as it continued supporting NASA's four mission areas during 2012.+Read more

NASA Dryden F/A-18 to be Chasing 'FaINT' Sonic Booms (10/10): NASA's Supersonics Project will embark on its latest effort to soften sonic booms when a NASA F/A-18 aircraft takes to the air in a project called Farfield Investigation of No Boom Threshold, or FaINT, beginning in late October.+Read more

NASA Dryden Hosts Mars Science Laboratory Exhibit (07/12): Three days before the highly anticipated landing of NASA's "Curiosity" rover on Mars, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center will host a Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) exhibit Aug. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the AERO Institute in the Palmdale Civic Center.+Read more

2011
NASA Dryden Contributed to Science, Aerospace Research In 2011 (12/12): NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, CA, continued its support of NASA's four mission areas during 2011, helping to advance the Agency's overall mission of Earth and space science and aerospace technology research. +Read more

2010
2010 - A Year of Broad Achievement at NASA Dryden (12/10): NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, CA, continued supporting NASA's four mission areas during 2010, advancing the Agency's overall mission of leading the nation in aerospace technology and science research.+Read more

NASA Research Flights May Cause Series Of Sonic Booms (10/10): NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center will be conducting a series of research flights on Thursday morning, Oct. 14, and Saturday morning, Oct. 16, that could result in multiple sonic booms being heard in the local Edwards Air Force Base area.+Read more

2009
NASA Dryden to be Part of Edwards Air Force Base Open House Oct. 17 (10/10): Following a three-year hiatus, Edwards Air Force Base is once again holding an open house and air show on Saturday, Oct. 17. As in past events, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards will be part of the activities.+Read more

NASA to Conduct Sonic Boom Research Over Edwards Next Week (09/09): NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center will conduct a series of research flights on Wednesday morning, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 that will result in multiple sonic booms being heard in the local area of Edwards Air Force Base.+Read more

NASA Awards Aircraft Maintenance Pact to Computer Sciences Corp. (08/09): NASA has awarded a follow-on contract to Computer Sciences Corp.'s Applied Technology Group of Fort Worth, TX, to support the agency's aircraft used for astronaut training, flight research, and mission and program support. The contract has a potential value of approximately $163 million, if all options are exercised.+ Read more

NASA Dryden Participating in Airventure 2009 at Oskosh (07/09): NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, CA, is again participating in America's largest air show, the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh, WI.+ Read more

2008
NASA Dryden Marked Major Milestones in 2008 (12/08): NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, CA, supported projects and efforts across NASA's four mission areas during 2008, furthering the Agency's overall mission of leading the nation in aerospace technology. + Read more

2007
Sonic Boom Tests Scheduled (7-07): Experiments scheduled by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards,CA in coming weeks will examine the structural response of modern housing construction to both normal and low-amplitude sonic booms. Called the Housing Structural Response to Sonic Booms Test, the effort is scheduled to occur at Edwards from July 11 to July 20, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on test days. + Read more

2005
NASA Flight Tests Validate Active Aeroelastic Wing Design Concept (5/05): A flight research project that put a 21st century twist on a century-old technology - a high-tech derivative of the Wright brothers' wing-warping method of controlling an aircraft's turning ability - can be summed up in two words: "It works!" That was the conclusion of project manager Larry Myers as flight tests in the Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) project at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, CA, neared their end. + Read more

2003
NASA Sky Surfing for Fuel Economy (7/03): A NASA F/A-18 experienced a 29 percent fuel savings in late June while flying in the wingtip vortex of a DC-8. Both aircraft are based at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, located on Edwards, CA. The June 27 DC-8/F-18 flight was an exploratory investigation of large aircraft vortex-induced performance benefits on a fighter-type aircraft. The aircraft flew at 25,000 feet with a separation of about 200 feet nose-to-tail. The F/A-18 slowly moved in laterally to explore the vortex effects. + Read more

ACTIVE Aeroelastic Wing Completes First Phase of Flight Tests (7/03): With a final sonic boom reverberating over the desert north of Edwards Air Force Base, a NASA research aircraft has completed the first phase of the Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) flight research program. + Read more

2002
Active Aeroelastic Wing Research Flights Begin at NASA Dryden (11/02): The first flight of a revolutionary flexible-wing F/A-18A research jet was Friday, Nov. 15 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, CA. + Read more

Final Ground Tests Preface First Active Aeroelastic Wing Flights (9/02): Engineers and technicians at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center are wrapping up the last major ground tests this month before beginning the first research flights in a project to demonstrate that twisting or warping flexible wings can enhance aircraft performance. + Read more

NASA Dryden, Southwest Research Institute Search for Vulcanoids (4/02): Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), in collaboration with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, CA, has begun an innovative high-altitude observation program to search for a long-sought population of diminutive asteroids that may be circling near the sun in the innermost frontier of the solar system. + Read more

Active Aeroelastic Wing Rollout Highlights Centennial of Flight (3/02): As the first aircraft sporting the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission's official logo, a modified NASA F/A-18 is poised to begin investigation of Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) technology-a 21st-century, high-tech twist on wing warping for flight control pioneered by the Wright brothers almost a century ago. The aircraft was displayed Wednesday during rollout ceremonies at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, CA. + Read more

Active Aeroelastic Wing Rollout Accents 'Back to the Future' Concept (3/02): A traditional rollout ceremony planned for March 27 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center will showcase a flight research project that is putting a 21st century twist on an old-fashioned aircraft control technology-essentially going "back to the future." The centerpiece of the program is a highly modified F/A-18A that will explore a high-tech derivative of wing warping, a control technology pioneered by the Wright Brothers almost a century ago. + Read more

2001
NASA Aircraft Complete Wingtip Vortex Study (12/01): A NASA F/A-18 jet flying in the wingtip vortex behind another F/A-18 exhibited a 12-percent fuel savings at cruise altitude. The two aircraft, part of the Autonomous Formation Flight (AFF) project based at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, flew the mission in early December. + Read more

NASA's Autonomous Formation Flight: Follow the Leader and Save Fuel (10/01): Engineers and research pilots at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center are exploring wingtip vortex energy with a pair of F/A-18 jet fighters flying over California's Mojave Desert. Central to the NASA Autonomous Formation Flight [AFF] program is a system of software and hardware still under development that will enable precise formations to be held without pilot inputs. + Read more


 


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