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  • The X-38 research vehicle drops away from NASA's B-52 mothership immediately after being released from the B-52's wing pylon during a 1999 test flight.

    From NASA to Nebraska: X-38 Crew Return Vehicle Finds New Home

    One of NASA's three X-38 Crew Return Vehicle technology demonstrators that flew at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., a decade ago has found a new home in America's heartland.

  • NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden speaks to Dryden employees after the unveiling a new mural of Apollo 11 astronaut and former Dryden research pilot Neil Armstrong.

    NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden Outlines Hopes, Goals to Dryden Staff

    Moments after the unveiling of a new painting by noted aviation artist Robert McCall depicting former NASA astronaut and research pilot Neil Armstrong, new NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden discussed his goals and hopes for the nation's aerospace agency during a town hall with employees of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center Oct. 30.

  • Global Hawk in flight.

    NASA's Global Hawk #872 Back in the Air

    NASA's Global Hawk No. 872 banks for landing over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., during its first check flight Oct. 23.

  • Using mock-up components, technicians at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico recently practiced the stacking process that will be involved in mating the Orion Pad Abort-1 flight test launch abort system and crew module.

    Orion Mockups Mated at WSMR

    White Sands Missile Range technicians recently practiced stacking mockups of the Orion Pad Abort-1 flight test launch abort system and crew module.

  • Retired NASA Dryden employees Betty Love and John McTigue have been honored as 2009 Eagles by the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

    NASA Dryden’s McTigue, Love Honored as Eagles

    Retired NASA Dryden employees John McTigue and Betty Love were honored as 2009 Eagles by the Flight Test Historical Foundation at the group’s Gathering of Eagles.

  • Saturn

    NASA Sponsors Astronomy Workshop for Educators

    Middle school educators are invited to an astronomy workshop Nov. 3 that will offer hands-on activities to help students understand the importance of astronomical observations.

  • space elevator games 2009

    2009 Space Elevator Power Beaming Contest Reset for Nov. 4

    The Spaceward Foundation has rescheduled 2009 Space Elevator Power-Beaming Challenge Games for Nov. 4 at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California.

  • Richard T. Whitcomb

    Aviation Pioneer Richard T. Whitcomb

    Richard T. Whitcomb has been called the most significant aerodynamic contributor of the second half of the 20th century.

  • Telescope assembly seen through the open telescope cavity on the side of NASA's SOFIA 747SP.

    SOFIA Imaging Systems Tested During Nighttime Operations

    The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy science team completed checkout of optical star tracking camera systems and conducted telescope assembly preparation exercises.

  • Glen Sachse of NASA’s Langley Research Center adjusts an instrument on NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory.

    NASA Flies to Antarctica for Largest Airborne Polar Ice Survey

    NASA begins a series of flights Oct. 15 to study changes to Antarctica's sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets.

  • NASA Dryden photographer Tom Tschida during his first-ever hot-air balloon ride.

    Hot Air, Champagne and a Sword

    NASA Dryden photographer Tom Tschida experienced a unique initiation after his first ride in a hot air balloon at the 2009 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

  • Edwards AFB airshow

    Dryden to be Part of Edwards AFB Open House

    Following a three-year hiatus, Edwards Air Force Base is once again holding an open house and air show on Saturday, Oct. 17.

  • Stanford Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics AA241X mini-UAV soars skyward on a record altitude flight attempt.

    Stanford University Team Sets Mini-UAV Altitude Record

    A graduate student team from Stanford University’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics recently claimed a world record-setting altitude of 7,142 feet for their small autonomously operated AA241X aircraft in mid-September 2009.

  • Artists concept of new Consolidated Information Technology Center to be built at NASA’S Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base.

    Groundbreaking Set for NASA Dryden Information Technology Building

    Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 14 for a new Consolidated Information Technology Center to be built at NASA’S Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base.

  • NASA supersonics project personnel brief ICAO team members at an instrumented Edwards AFB house prior to sonic boom measurement flights on Sept. 9, 2009.

    ICAO Team Witnesses NASA Sonic Boom Research Flights

    Members of the United Nations-affiliated International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, monitored a series of sonic boom research flights conducted by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 9.

  • A group of middle school students gather around Dryden life support technician Jim Sokolik as he explains the workings of a high-altitude pilot's pressure suit.

    NASA Dryden participates in annual Salute to Youth

    NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center was well represented at the 2009 Salute to Youth career fair in Palmdale, Calif., Sept. 18. Not only was the 18th annual student career fair centered at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility and nearby Bldg. 704 adjacent to Air Force Plant 42, but several Dryden employees staffed several of the more than 100 exhibits and information tables at the event.

  • ER-2 in flight

    NASA’s ER-2 Flying Tropospheric Lidar Instrument Demonstrations

    NASA's ER-2 high-altitude aircraft is flying engineering demonstration flights during September of the Tropospheric Wind Lidar Technology Experiment, or TWiLiTE, developed by scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

  • Retired NASA Apollo program astronaut James McDivitt (right) is presented with a medal by Ron Smith, vice-mayor of the City of Lancaster, Calif., at the city’s Aerospace Walk of Honor induction ceremonies Sept. 19.

    Aerospace Walk of Honor inducts James McDivitt

    Retired NASA Apollo program astronaut James McDivitt was inducted into the Aerospace Walk of Honor in Lancaster City, Calif. on Sept. 19, 2009.

  • aerial view of main buildings and hangars at dryden flight research center.

    NASA Dryden Awards Facilities Maintenance Pact to EMCOR

    NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center has awarded a contract to EMCOR Government Services, of Arlington, Va., to provide facility operations and maintenance at the center’s facilities at Edwards Air Force Base and Palmdale, Ca.

  • NASA and Lancaster officials planting moon tree

    Commemorative Moon Tree Planted

    Retired NASA astronaut Gordon Fullerton, Lancaster vice-mayor Ron Smith, Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan and NASA Dryden acting deputy director Gwen Young join retired NASA astronaut James McDivitt in wielding shovels at the planting of a commemorative moon tree.