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Aeronautics Research

With more than a century of aviation research heritage, NASA’s aeronautical innovators have developed technology through the years that makes air travel safer, faster, and more sustainable. Their contributions are so widespread that every U.S. airplane and air traffic control tower has something from NASA built right in.

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NASA Aeronautics Technical Excellence

Presented here are a collection of hand-picked stories that showcase the aviation technology NASA is working on — or has worked on and turned over to others for use in the National Airspace System. This page will be updated with new content at the beginning of each month.

NASA Instruments Will Listen for Supersonic X-59’s Quiet ‘Thump’
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NASA’s X-59 experimental aircraft is unique – it’s designed to fly faster than the speed of sound, but without causing…

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NASA Autonomous Flight Software Successfully Used in Air Taxi Stand-Ins
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In late October, two research helicopters from the manufacturer Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, made a dozen test flights over…

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NASA, Lockheed Martin Reveal X-59 Quiet Supersonic Aircraft
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NASA and Lockheed Martin formally debuted the agency’s X-59 quiet supersonic aircraft Friday. Using this one-of-a-kind experimental airplane, NASA aims…

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NASA Armstrong Builds Model Wing to Help Advance Unique Design
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German Escobar works on a model aircraft wing structure that has two long sides and bars in between, which resembles…

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NASA Flies Drones Autonomously for Air Taxi Research
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Researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia recently flew multiple drones beyond visual line of sight with no…

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Modeling Turbofan Engines to Understand Aircraft Noise
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Airplane engines are loud – just ask anyone who lives near an airport. Increased air traffic from next-generation aircraft has…

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NASA Completes Key Step in Aviation Safety Research
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NASA’s aeronautical innovators have completed a significant step in their pursuit of safer, more efficient aviation technologies that spot hazards…

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NASA, Partners Explore Sustainable Fuel’s Effects on Aircraft Contrails
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Contrails, the lines of clouds from high-flying aircraft that crisscross the skies, are familiar sights, but they may have an…

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NASA Studies Human Pilots to Advance Autonomous Air Taxis
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Air taxis may become an important part of the U.S. transportation ecosystem, quickly carrying people relatively short distances – and…

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NASA Glenn Earns R&D 100 Award 
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R&D Magazine and a panel of experts have chosen NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s GRX-810: A 3D Printable Alloy Designed for…

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NASA Concludes Wind Study
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A NASA wind study aimed at enhancing air taxi safety on takeoff and landing is complete at NASA’s Armstrong Flight…

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NASA Has Helped Hush Aircraft Engine Noise for Decades
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NASA Has Helped Hush Aircraft Engine Noise for Decades

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Other Aeronautics topics

Artist illustration of the X-59 in flight over a surbuban neighborhood.

Research about flying faster than the speed of sound.

Aerospace Cognitive Engineering Lab Rapid Automation Test Environment; (ACEL-RATE) in N262 showing out-the-window views of San Francisco for UAM UTM Ride Quality Simulation project.

Stories about pioneering the frontiers of 21st century flight.

The Moog SureFly aircraft hovers above Cincinnati Municipal Airport during an acoustic hover test.

All about new ways to get from here to there in the air.

In this image, captured using data from a wind-tunnel test, the red and orange areas represent higher drag, and the green and bl

Learn about research to make aviation more sustainable.

Airplane outside it's gate at the airport.

Read about how NASA is opening up the sky for all.

F-15s on Armstrong Ramp

Information about NASA's fleet of aircraft.

Sunset view of the DC-8 parked on the tarmac is getting inspected.

News about using NASA aircraft to better understand our world.