Projects on the scale of Apollo and the X-15 will be fewer in number in Dryden's future, but new tasks lie ahead in aeronautics. To meet the challenges presented by these new types of work and projects, Dryden has recalibrated its management and procedures to match redefined NASA mission and budget priorities.
NASA's DC-8 traveled to frosty Alaska in November to study active volcanoes, the Hubbard glacier, forests and sea ice. Using the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (AirSAR), digital elevation models were taken that will allow scientists to evaluate landscape changes and assess volcanic hazards.
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, who in the past three years led the Agency through an aggressive and comprehensive management transformation and helped it through one of its most painful tragedies, has resigned his post.
Dryden's venerable NB-52B aircraft was recognized Dec. 17 for a career spanning nearly fifty years, a tour of duty in which the big bird played a role in airlaunching generations of experimental aircraft.
With a penchant for chasing tomorrow, NASA's B-52B "008" perenially carried the future of flight under its wing.
The X-43A team shattered a speed record Nov. 16 for the second time this year when the aircraft successfully reached speeds approaching Mach 10.
A U.S. Navy E-2C Hawkeye, a carrier-based electronics platform that serves as the eyes and ears of carrier battle groups, arrived at Dryden recently from its base at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division at Patuxent River, Md.
A key anniversary in the development of uninhabited air vehicles quietly passed this fall. It marked 10 years since an agreement was signed that resulted the maturation of technologies, science instruments and sensors required for UAV missions.
They're affectionately (if unofficially) known as the hangar rats. They've been fixtures on the Dryden landscape for decades. And their mandate is simple, but far from easy: keep the planes running - safely.