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2023 Annual Report

For nearly eight decades, NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, has expanded our understanding of the physics of flight, studied our planet and the cosmos, and validated new technologies to make air travel safer and more efficient.

Inside of an aircraft cockpit is shown from the upside down perspective with two men in tan flight suits sitting inside. The side of one helmet, oxygen mask and visor is seen for one of the two men as well as controls inside the aircraft. The second helmet is seen from the back as the man sitting in the front is piloting the aircraft. You can see land below through the window of the aircraft. 

From our earliest days, when six engineers came to the California desert to participate in man’s assault on the sound barrier, the center has grown, projects have come and gone, and our tools and technologies have changed, but the center’s dedicated professionals have maintained excellence in solving the aerospace problems of the day.

This report describes the center’s 2023 accomplishments and economic impacts. We’re proud to be NASA’s home for experimental flight and strive to build on our legacy while tackling the challenges of tomorrow.

—Brad Flick, NASA Armstrong Center Director