Points of Contact

Bradley C. Flick - Director
Research and Engineering

P O Box 273
MS 2011
Edwards, CA 93523
phone: 661-276-3769
email: Bradley.C.Flick@nasa.gov

Glenn A. Bever - Deputy Director
Research and Engineering

P O Box 273
MS 2011
Edwards, CA 93523
phone: 661-276-3747
email: glenn.a.bever@nasa.gov

David F. Voracek
Center Chief Technologist

P O Box 273
MS 2011
Edwards, CA 93523
phone: 661-276-2463
email: David.F.Voracek@nasa.gov

Accomplishments Summary

accomplishments brochure

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Capabilities Brochure

cover of capabilities and facilities brochure

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Flight Research, Test, and Engineering

    DFRC pilots prepare for a Superboom Caustic Analysis and Measurement Program, or SCAMP, flight. DFRC pilots prepare for a Superboom Caustic Analysis and Measurement Program, or SCAMP, flight. (NASA Image)

    Six discipline branches — aerodynamics and propulsion; aerostructures; dynamics and controls; flight instrumentation; flight systems; and systems engineering and integration — provide research and project support engineering to Dryden.

    In all areas, the expertise covers software, hardware, analysis, modeling, planning and execution of flight, and development of flight or ground test techniques.

Engineering Disciplines

Aerodynamics and Propulsion

NASA F-15B #836 in flight with Quiet Spike attached

The Aerodynamics and Propulsion Branch is part of the Research and Engineering Directorate at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

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Aerostructures

Technicians at NASA Dryden's flight loads lab install a fixture inside an engine nacelle in preparation for major structural loads tests on an E-2C Hawkeye.

The Aerostructures Branch at NASA Dryden is a highly integrated team that covers the breadth of the airframe structures disciplines including static structures, structural dynamics, external and ...

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Dynamics and Controls

F-18A in flight

The Dynamics and Controls branch specializes in research of flight control systems, components, and methodologies

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Flight Instrumentation

Orion PA-1 Instrumentation System

Dryden’s Flight Instrumentation branch develops and engineers data acquisition systems for research, support, and one-of-a-kind flight platforms.

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Flight Systems

F-18 being prepared for avionics check

The Flight Systems Branch is part of the Research and Engineering Directorate at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The branch consists of two groups: avionics engineering and systems ...

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Systems Engineering and Integration

The 2.5-meter infrared telescope in the rear fuselage of NASA's SOFIA flying observatory tracked the star Polaris during characterization tests in March 2008.

Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) is a disciplined approach for the definition, implementation, integration and operations of a system (product or service).

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Multimedia Gallery

  • testbed aircraft performing rollover maneuver

    2011 NASA Flight Research Highlights

    NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center conducted cutting-edge research, developmental, and environmental science missions throughout 2011.

  • grip instrument on global hawk

    Global Hawk Instrument Installation for GRIP Hurricane Mission

    Technicians from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ames and Goddard field centers prepare and install specialized environmental monitoring instrumentation on NASA's Global Hawk No. 872 for the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes hurricane study in August 2010.

  • F-16D flying over trees

    ACAT Ground Collision Avoidance Flight Tests

    NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has concluded flight tests of an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS) under the joint U.S. Air Force/NASA F-16D Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology, or ACAT, project.

  • sofia taking off

    SOFIA Observatory Finishes Open-Door Flight Tests

    NASA's SOFIA flying observatory recently completed the second series of envelope-expansion flight tests with its telescope door open.

  • graphic showing sonic boom waveforms over land

    Sonic Boom Suppression

    NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center recently completed NASA’s latest quiet sonic boom research study at Edwards Air Force Base.