NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, dates to 1946 when a 13-person detail from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics arrived at the Muroc Army Airfield in California’s Mojave Desert. Their quest: To fly faster than the speed of sound. The X-1 was the first of many flight research efforts that would define our culture of research and discovery. Today, we continue those efforts, to advance NASA’s mission to explore the secrets of the universe for the benefit of all.
NASA Armstrong's in-house knowledge – research and engineering; aircraft modification, maintenance, and operations; project and institutional management, etc. – drives the airworthiness and flight safety decisions to execute NASA’s mission.
Armstrong has the facilities and requisite expertise to conceive, design, analyze, fabricate, integrate, maintain, and conduct disciplinary research, flight research and flight test on modified or unique research vehicles and systems. Our strength is in integration of complex developmental systems.
Providing access to a world-class work force and flight environment as well as unrivaled research facilities.
Crafting creative solutions that advance emerging technologies from concept development and experiment formulation to final testing.
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Armstrong's history dates back to 1946
NASA Armstrong is chartered to research, develop, verify, and transfer advanced aeronautics, space, and related technologies, and conduct atmospheric Earth and space science flight operations. The center is named in honor of Neil A. Armstrong, a former research test pilot at the center and the first man to step on the moon during the historic Apollo 11 mission in 1969.