Fact Sheets : Aeronautics

  • Innovation in Flight:  →

    Research of the NASA Langley Research Center on Revolutionary Advanced Concepts for Aeronautics

  • NASA Langley 30- by 60-Foot Tunnel

    From World War II fighters and submarines to the Mercury space capsule and beyond -- the Full-Scale Tunnel has tested just about every major U.S. aircraft.

  • The X-15 Hypersonic Research Program

    03.01.06 - The X-15 paved the way for America's piloted space program, setting unofficial world records for flight speed and altitude along the way.

  • X-43A Flight Makes Aviation History

    02.09.06 - The first and second successful hypersonic flights of a scramjet-powered airplane.

  • FS-2004-09-96-LaRC: Research Aims to Prevent Accidents on Hazardous Runways

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  • FS-2004-07-95-LaRC: Small Aircraft Transportation System
    Technology Development Could Transform Public Air Travel

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  • Small Aircraft Transportation System Fact Sheet (2001)

    FS-2001-03-59-LaRC: The Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) is conceived as a safe travel alternative, freeing people and products from existing transportation system delays, by creating access to more communities in less time.

  • Synthetic Vision Would Give Pilots Clear Skies All the Time

    FS-2000-02-48-LaRC Synthetic Vision Would Give Pilots Clear Skies All the Time      A revolutionary cockpit display system being developed with seed money from NASA would help prevent the world's deadliest aviation accidents.

  • FS-2004-07-92-LaRC: Synthetic Vision: A Visibility Solution to a Visibility Problem

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  • FS-2004-07-94-LaRC: NASA-led Technologies Could Increase Air Travel Access

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  • FS-2004-02-83-LaRC: NASA Technology Could Help Decrease Air Traffic Delays

    Researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton,Va., are developing technology for airliners that could help decrease air traffic delays and may help reduce air traffic controllers’ work loads.

  • Blended Wing Body Fact Sheet

    FS-2003-11-81-LaRC Blended Wing Body – A potential new aircraft design NASA and its industry partners are investigating a blended wing aircraft concept for potential use as a future air transport for both civilian and military applications.

  • FS-2002-09-73-LaRC: Reducing Aircraft Noise to Improve Our Quality of Life: NASA's Quiet Aircraft Technology Program

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  • Opening the Door to a New Era in Flight

    FS-2001-04-63-LaRC Opening the Door to a New Era in Flight Get this image in high (300 dpi, 8"x10", tiff or jpg format) resolution! TIFF JPG 20.6MB 628KB Designing the 21st Century Aerospace Vehicle Advanced aerospace vehicles are key to national security, transportation, mobility, freedom, and our quality of life.

  • Micro-Vortex Generators Enhance Aircraft Performance

    Set you browser at least as wide as the line below this text for optimal viewing Micro-Vortex Generators Enhance Aircraft Performance      Small, trapezoid-shaped, fin-like devices placed on the flaps of aircraft wings are increasing performance, reducing noise and saving fuel.

  • AGATE Glider Kit

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  • Runway Incursion Prevention

      FS-2000-09-53-LaRC  Runway Incursion Prevention Cockpit Displays Could Help Reduce Accidents        Runway incursion incidents and near accidents on airport runways, taxiways and ramps are on the rise.

  • Aircraft Vortex Spacing System (AVOSS) Fact Sheet

    SYSTEM TACKLES WAKE VORTEX SPACING ISSUES NASA Technology Will Reduce Flight Delays      Airline passengers frustrated with ever-increasing delays at U.S. airports may be able to reach their destinations faster, because of a revolutionary new technology developed at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

  • Aviation Safety Program Fact Sheet

    FS-2000-02-47-LaRC NASA Aviation Safety Program Initiative Will Reduce Aviation Fatalities      The $500 million NASA Aviation Safety Program (AvSP) is a partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense and the aviation industry.

  • Glass Cockpit Fact Sheet

    FS-2000-06-43-LaRC June 2000 The new full-color, flat panel Multifunction Electronic Display Subsystem (MEDS) is shown in the cockpit of Atlantis. The "glass cockpit" offers easy-to-read graphical views of key flight indicators such as attitude display and mach speed.

  • LVLASO: Airport Surface Capacity & Safety Enhancement Technologies

    FS-1999-12-42-LaRC December 1999 Airport Surface Capacity and Safety Enhancement Technologies The Problem The U. S. aviation industry is investing $6 billion over 20 years to increase airport capacity; however, a gap exists between the industry's desired capacity and the National Airspace System's ability to handle the increased air traffic.

  • ARIES: NASA's Flying Lab Takes Wing

    FS-1999-12-41-LaRC December 1999 ARIES: NASA's 'Flying Lab' Takes Wing NASA's Boeing 757-200 aircraft is equipped to conduct a range of research flight tests. Research Focuses On Safer Skies, Improved Efficiency A Boeing 757-200 aircraft obtained by NASA in 1994 is now serving as a "flying laboratory" for aeronautical research.

  • NASA's Aviation Safety Accomplishments

    FS-1998-06-39-LaRC June 1998 NASA's Aviation Safety Accomplishments Airborne Wind Shear Sensors Technology Provides Advance Warning: A 10-year collaboration among NASA, FAA and industry has developed, demonstrated and implemented the technology for effectively conquering the wind shear aviation hazard.

  • NASA's Aviation Safety Program

    FS-1998-06-37-LaRC June 1998 NOTE: This fact sheet has been superseded by the NASA Aviation Safety Program: Initiative Will Reduce Aviation Fatalities fact sheet NASA's Aviation Safety Program: Making the Skies Safer The goal of the NASA Aviation Safety Program is to reduce the fatal aircraft accident rate by 80 percent in 10 years, and by 90 percent in two decades.

  • NASA Contributions to the C-17 Globemaster III

    FS-1996-05-06-LaRC May 1996 NASA Contributions to the C-17 Globemaster III Aeronautical concepts conceived at NASA in the last four decades have been incorporated into the military's next generation of jet transports, including the Air Force's McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III.

  • NASA Contributions to F/A-18E/F

    FS-1999-08-46-LaRC August 1999 An F/A-18F on approach to an aircraft carrier. Centerpiece of US Navy's Carrier-Based Fighter/Attack Fleet Updated with NASA Aeronautics Technology The F/A-18 E/F --the single-seat E and the two-seat F -- are the latest high-performance aircraft that have benefitted from a rich history of cooperation between NASA, the Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S.

  • High-Speed Research Program Cockpit Fact Sheet

    FS-1998-09-34-LaRC September 1998 *** NOTE: The NASA High-Speed Research (HSR) Program was phased out in fiscal year 1999 *** NASA's High-Speed Research Program The eXternal Visibility System Concept Imagine flying a supersonic passenger jet (like the Concorde) at 1,500 mph with no front windows in the cockpit — it may one day be a reality.

  • AILS

    FS-1999-12-46-LaRC December 1999 NASA TECHNOLOGY TO HELP ON-TIME ARRIVALS Air travelers frustrated with ever-increasing delays at the nation's airports may soon look forward to a new technology that could solve a significant part of the problem.

  • NASA Contributions to the Boeing 777

    FS-1996-05-01-LaRC May 1996 Triumph of Technology: NASA Contributions to the Boeing 777 Basic and applied research performed at NASA's four research centers contributed significantly to technology applications for Boeing 777's design concepts.

  • Winter Runway Research

    FS-1999-07-45-LaRC July 1999 Research Aims To Prevent Accidents On Hazardous Runways NASA B757 makes a test run on a snowy runway in Michigan. Runway water, ice or snow was a factor in more than 100 airplane accidents between 1958 and 1993.

  • NASA & Lockheed Martin: Partners in C-130 Technology

    For nearly 50 years NASA and Lockheed Martin have partnered in developing and fielding advanced technologies for application in the nation's primary tactical airlift aircraft, the C-130.

  • NASA's B-757 Aircraft Glider Kit

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  • LG-1998-05-498-HQ: C-17 Globemaster III Lithograph

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  • LG-1998-05-499-HQ: Boeing 777 Lithograph

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  • HSR Overview Fact Sheet

    *** NOTE: The NASA High-Speed Research (HSR) Program was phased out in fiscal year 1999 *** NASA's High-Speed Research Program Developing Tomorrow's Supersonic Passenger Jet      The passenger jet of the future is taking shape.

  • The Hazard Index: Langley's 'F-factor'

    June 1992 NF177 The Hazard Index: Langley's 'F-factor' Cockpit display tells pilots degree of danger posed by windshear ahead of plane. For the information provided by windshear sensors to be meaningful, a hazard index has been developed by NASA's Langley Research Center.

  • Testing the first supersonic aircraft

    NF166 January 1992 Testing The First Supersonic Aircraft Memoirs of NACA Pilot Bob Champine Excerpted fromWings Magazine, February 1991 Edition This group portrait displays typical high-speed research aircraft that made headlines at Muroc Flight Center in the 1950s.

  • Making the Skies Safe from Windshear

    June 1992 Making the Skies Safe from Windshear Langley-developed sensors will help improve air safety NASA's Langley Research Center is part of a joint NASA and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) effort to develop technology for the airborne detection of windshear, a hazardous weather condition that has been blamed for the loss of hundreds of lives in airplane crashes.

  • AGATE -- Revitalizing General Aviation

    FS-1996-07-02-LaRC July 1996 *** NOTE: The AGATE program was completed in December 2001 *** Affordable Alternative Transportation AGATE -- Revitalizing General Aviation "AGATE is visible evidence of the commitments of NASA, the FAA, and the industry and university community to two important endeavors: first, to revitalize U.S.

  • Air Transportation in the 21st Century Fact Sheet

    FS-1998-07-38-LaRC July 1998 Air Transportation in the 21st Century NASA Langley's Contributions to the Future of Flight Imagine boarding a commercial airliner to fly across the Pacific in only four hours.

  • NASA's High-Speed Research Program

    FS-1998-03-33-LaRC March 1998 *** NOTE: The NASA High-Speed Research (HSR) Program was phased out in fiscal year 1999 *** NASA's High-Speed Research Program Researching the Environmental Effects of a Supersonic Passenger Jet A Supersonic Passenger Jet for the Future With air travel expected to double in the next five to 10 years, NASA and its industry partners have been working on a concept for an environmentally-friendly supersonic passenger jet.

  • High-Speed Research - Smoothing the Flow Over Supersonic Wings

    FS-1996-09-17-LaRC September 1996 *** NOTE: The NASA High-Speed Research (HSR) Program was phased out in fiscal year 1999 *** High-Speed Research -- Smoothing the Flow Over Supersonic Wings Supersonic Laminar Flow Control One goal of NASA's High-Speed Research (HSR) program is to achieve laminar, or smooth, airflow over the surface of an aircraft's wing while flying at supersonic speeds.

  • High-Speed Civil Transport Glider Kit

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  • An Olympic Challenge over Atlanta

    FS-1996-07-01-LARC June 1996 An Olympic Challenge over Atlanta Light aircraft technology rises to ‘Highways in Sky’ at Games

  • Advanced Stitching Machine: Making Composite Wing Structures Of The Future

    FS-1997-08-31-LaRC August 1997 The Advanced Stitching Machine: Making Composite Wing Structures Of The Future NASA's Advanced Stitching Machine is located at the Marvin B. Dow Stitched Composites Development Center--a new Boeing facility that will produce low-cost composite wing structures.

  • CD-ROM Captures Legacy in General Aviation Research

    FS-1995-07-01-LaRC August 1995 CD-ROM Captures a "Legacy" in General Aviation Research The NASA General Aviation Program Office at NASA Langley and the NASA Langley Technical Library have teamed up to bring the legacy in general aviation to life by producing a prototype CD-ROM that highlights some of the most significant general aviation research. The CD ROM, entitled "Legacy: General Aviation Highlights from 8 decades of NACA/NASA Research," contains the full text image of 179 NACA/NASA gener

  • NASA's B-737 Flying Laboratory

    NASA 515 was a testbed for research into a multitude of issues affecting aircraft safety, efficiency and capacity. Called an "airborne trailblazer," it demonstrated new concepts in real-world situations.

  • High-Speed Research: The TU-144LL

    FS-1996-09-18-LaRC September 1996 High-Speed Research -- The Tu-144LL: A Supersonic Flying Laboratory In the fall of 1996, NASA, a team of U.S. aircraft and engine manufacturers and Russia's ANTK n.a.

  • LoFlyte

    FS-1997-07-29-LaRC July 1997 NASA's LoFLYTE™ Program Flown Flights Demonstrate Airworthiness of "Waverider" Shape During the week of June 23, 1997, LoFLYTE™ made three successful flights at Edwards Air Force Base under the direction of the 445th Flight Test Squadron.

  • Helping pilots see through the 'soup'

    NF 179 MAY 1993 Helping Pilots See Through the ‘Soup’ Langley Concepts Will Help Reduce Terminal Delays Future subsonic flight decks are likely to have "enhanced vison" for a "situation-at-a-glance" advantage during low-visibility operations.

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