The most extensive overhaul in the 29-year history of Dryden's Mate/Demate Device was completed in 2004, and involved replacing the mammoth structure's original coating of lead-based paint with a fresh coat of non-toxic paint.
Behind Discovery's landing on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base were several decades of work dedicated to developing the world's first reusable orbital spacecraft.
Dryden ER-2 pilot David Wright flew near the wall of the eye of Hurricane Emily on July 17 as she moved across the Caribbean toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. It was a rough flight and it appeared that it was about to get a lot rougher.
As neighbors of Edwards Air Force are well aware, supersonic jets cause a thundering boom that shakes walls and windows with a deep rumble, startling pets and humans alike.
In the 2005 Awards for Publication Excellence - or APEX - competition, the Dryden X-Press has been honored with a Grand Award for the X-43A Special Edition, titled "11 Seconds into the Unknown." The win marks the fifth consecutive year that the X-Press has captured a Grand Award in the international contest, which honors the top two percent of communication tools selected from nearly 5,000 entries.
Dryden pilots will be flying six different aircraft in three flying demonstrations during the Edwards Open House and Air Show that begins Oct. 22.
It won't be long before an airplane can be sent to Mars in a carrier spacecraft and released from its aeroshell into the atmosphere, ready to collect information and send detailed imagery back to scientists on Earth. The data gathered is expected to lead to new questions and answers that will impact future science missions.
Fleets of flying wings, or airships, fly almost undetected overhead. They're engaged in a variety of missions, from surveying and telecommunications to gathering atmospheric and weather information that has never before been available.
A series of science missions conducted in May with the Altair uninhabited air vehicle marked the first UAV collaboration by Dryden and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
It attracts attention everywhere it goes, and probably inspires no small number of UFO sightings. The bizarre-looking Super Guppy cargo transport, the last of its kind, made a low and slow journey from Houston, Texas, to Edwards Air Force Base April 14 for landing gear maintenance at Dryden.
NASA's new administrator, Michael Griffin, held a May 24 town hall meeting at Dryden in which he introduced himself to employees and fielded questions about his philosophy and vision for the Agency.
Noted NASA engineer Roy Glenn Bryant died May 30 at his Lancaster home. He had retired from Dryden in April after a 48-year career, much of it dedicated to work with the Center's legendary research aircraft Bryant was born Feb. 3, 1933, in Olton, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Texas Technological College in Lubbock in 1956 and then joined the U.S. Army with a rank of lieutenant.
As part of the Agency's return-to-flight effort, NASA engineers are acquiring data on how insulating foam debris or "divots" behave when these small pieces are shed from the Shuttle's external fuel tank during launch.
Dryden's Office of Academic Investments partnered with area corporate and government sponsors Feb. 11 to host the seventh annual Math and Science Odyssey, a daylong event designed to stimulate interest among middle schoolers in math- and science-based careers.
A flight research project that put a 21st century twist on 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 project at Dryden neared their end.
On March 3, NASA marked the 90th anniversary of the founding of its predecessor organization, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, and the achievements of nearly a century of work in NASA's keystone discipline, aeronautics. For the past 90 years, the Agency has spearheaded advances in aeronautical technology that have found applications in nearly all civil, commercial and military aircraft since the NACA's founding.
Dryden's F/A-18 active aeroelastic wing flights resumed in December, continuing validation of the concept that flexible wings can be twisted, or warped, in flight to control aircraft roll.
Aboard Dryden's DC-8 flying laboratory, an international team of scientists embarked on a journey in January to improve modeling of global-scale air quality and climate-change predictions through high-quality measurements of the Arctic region's atmosphere.
Dryden employees got a glimpse Jan. 6 of how the Center's activities fit in the goals of NASA's Exploration Systems mission directorate and how Dryden could play a bigger role in those goals in the future. Rear Adm. Craig E. Steidle, U.S. Navy (Ret.), NASA's associate administrator for Exploration Systems, delivered the preview.
At the beginning of John F. Kennedy's presidency, no one familiar with his public life could have predicted his decisive role in the early American space program. Indeed, until he entered the White House in January 1961, he showed virtually no enthusiasm for the subject. In fact, during the first weeks of the Kennedy Administration, NASA Administrator James Webb tried to interest the president in a project to fly astronauts to the moon.