The Ikhana uninhabited aircraft system is flying research missions with an advanced sensing technology installed on its wings that measures and displays the shape of the aircraft's wings in flight.
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA made its debut at Dryden June 27 following three successful checkout flights in Waco, Texas
Excitement is a cure for apathy and that's what Erik Lindbergh, grandson of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, believes NASA's new airborne observatory will bring to the world.
The only thing more impressive than an airborne observatory that carries a 17-metric-ton telescope is the potential for equally weighty new breakthroughs in astronomy.
For as long as humans have stared up into the night sky, curiosity about the heavens has drawn their gaze. It is this fundamental need to know the unknown - and a desire for the ever-larger telescopes needed to find it - that has led Americans and Germans to forge a partnership aimed at unlocking the mysteries of the heavens.
Gordon Fullerton knows a thing or three about specially modified 747 aircraft.
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA made its first checkout flight recently.
The Western States Unmanned Aircraft Systems Fire Mission is scheduled to begin Aug. 14.
Flying wing on steroids could mark the shape of things to come in aviation
Dryden's Flight Loads Laboratory is one of the only government facilities available for researching mechanical and thermal loads simultaneously on everything from large structures or systems up to full-sized aircraft.
Dryden technicians integrated the Sandia Darts onto the center's utility vehicle aircraft and after several modifications, air launched the Darts from about 3,000 feet in an attempt to characterize the Darts' aerodynamics.
Distinguished research pilot and engineer Albert S. "Scott" Crossfield died April 19 when his small plane crashed near Ranger, Ga., during a flight from Prattville, Ala., to Manassas, Va., near his home. As a research pilot, Crossfield flew numerous jet- and rocket-powered aircraft and became the fist person to fly twice the speed of sound.› Read More (pdf)
NASA's Small Business Innovation Research program and Small Business Technology Transfer program are engines for starting up new technologies and industries and providing researchers with valuable tools for exploring the unknown, defining research paths and identifying advancements in revolutionary technologies.
Few tasks in life come harder than memorializing a well-lived life cut tragically short.
There's the terrible abruptness of the news. A sudden, inexplicable end to so much promise, the silencing of a voice filled with great zest for living – words and rituals seem hopelessly insubstantial in the face of such loss.
As steps are taken during the next two decades to develop a Crew Exploration Vehicle – using the Apollo missions of the past as a blueprint for future missions to the Moon and Mars – Dryden will play important roles in the CEV's development and operations.
An elite group of Dryden research pilots who have met the requirements for receiving astronaut wings has been awarded the honor nearly four decades after they flew the missions that took them above the edge of space.
Many know him as "Fast Eddie," the whiz kid NASA test pilot who was the youngest-ever graduate of the U.S. Navy's Test Pilot School.
But it was a lot more than youthful charisma that earned Edward T. Schneider his slot on the City of Lancaster Aerospace Walk of Honor. It was a long list of accomplishments as test pilot, instructor and researcher in a career in which he logged more than 7,800 hours in 87 types of aircraft.
When Discovery landed Aug. 9, it marked a successful return to flight for the space shuttle program.
Not a day went by that the Discovery astronauts didn't think of their fallen comrades from the Columbia mission.
When Discovery landed at Dryden Aug. 9, the Western Aeronautical Test Range staff was ready and waiting to welcome her home.