Wason Miles brought two decades of experience as a life-support technician in the U.S. Air Force when he joined the staff of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in 2009. Miles, a native of Hawai'i of Samoan and Hawaiian descent, inspects, installs and maintains a variety of life-support equipment and instructs emergency egress procedures for the safety of pilots and passengers on NASA aircraft.
During a visit to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on May 22, 2013, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden spoke at a media event showcasing Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser flight test vehicle that had recently arrived at the center. Bolden, a former Marine Corps pilot and space shuttle astronaut, also flew a simulation of the Dream Chaser's approach and landing profile at Dryden.
Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems' Dream Chaser engineering flight test vehicle, arrived at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., May 15, 2013 to begin tests of its flight and runway landing systems. Tests at Dryden during the summer of 2013 involve tow, captive-carry and free-flight tests of the Dream Chaser, which is based on the HL-20 lifting body design developed and tested at NASA's Langley Research Center.
Masten Space Systems' Xombie space-access technology demonstrator recently flew its highest and longest flight to date, guided by Draper Lab's GENIE navigation and control system that is designed to replicate the speed and angle of a planetary approach. Xombie Ascended more than 1,600 feet above ground and flew almost 1,000 feet laterally before making a pin-point vertical landing on another pad.
Two NASA T-38 aircraft were swallowed whole by NASA's Super Guppy recently on Dryden Flight Research Center's back ramp. The Guppy then airlifted the two retired T-38s to El Paso, Texas, where they will be dismantled for parts to keep other T-38s flown by NASA's Johnson Space Center flyable. Only the T-38s' wingtips were removed to enable them to fit in the Guppy's 25-foot-wide cargo bay
Associate Administrator for Education, Leland Melvin, visited the AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif., where he was updated on education outreach efforts at the Dryden Flight Research Center. The Dryden education team earned Melvin’s praise, as did the Institute for its recent founding of the Palmdale Aerospace Academy, a school devoted to excellence in science, technology, engineering and math.
Maikeyza Brown is a contract management specialist at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. A native of Washington, D.C., Brown overcame obstacles to receive honors in high school and earn bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration. A 10-year career employee at Dryden, Brown sees her job as vital to spending taxpayers' dollars wisely and supporting NASA's mission.