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Aeronautics Projects

Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, supports NASA’s vision to build a new global aviation system for the 21st Century. Aeronautics researchers, engineers, and pilots use world-class NASA facilities to keep U.S. aviation first in safety, efficiency, and innovation. The center explores technologies that reduce aircraft noise and fuel use, get you gate-to-gate safely and on time and transform aviation into an economic engine at all altitudes.

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Branch Chief

Jennifer Cole

Flight Demonstrations & Capabilities Project Manager

Tom Horn

Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator Project Manager

Cathy Bahm

Sustainable Flight Demonstrator Project Manager

Brent Cobleigh

Featured Story

NASA Armstrong Supports Wind Study

Wind affects all aircraft, particularly during takeoff and landing. It’s especially critical for new types of transportation. A new NASA…

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Project Portfolio

Armstrong's research activities ensure the right balance among physics-based analysis, simulation, ground testing, and flight research. Here are some of the programs and projects we are supporting.


Director of Armstrong's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

Jennifer H. Cole

Jennifer H. Cole is Armstrong's director of the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Selected for the position in 2019, Cole provides management and technical direction of the center’s aeronautics activities to ensure the effective and timely support of manned and unmanned flight research projects.

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Jennifer H. Cole

Aeronautics News

Stay up-to-date with the latest news from Armstrong as we break down barriers and accelerate change for the benefit of humanity.

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…

Math, Mentorship, Motherhood: Behind the Scenes with NASA Engineers
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Engineering is a huge field with endless applications. From aerospace to ergonomics, engineers play an important role in designing, building,…

NASA Center Boosted YF-12 Supersonic Engine Research
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Supersonic flight became a reality in October 1947, when the Bell X-1 rocket plane broke the sound barrier. NASA’s Lewis…

NASA Selects University Teams to Explore Innovative Aeronautical Research
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NASA has selected another five university teams to participate in real-world aviation research challenges that could help transform flight in…

NASA Collaborates in an International Air Quality Study
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NASA and international researchers are studying the air quality in Asia as part of a global effort to better understand…

NASA Releases STEM Toolkit for Advanced Air Mobility
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NASA Aeronautics has released a new STEM toolkit focusing on Advanced Air Mobility for educators and students of all ages.…


Flight Loads Laboratory

Conducting mechanical-load and thermal tests of structural components and complete flight vehicles, in addition to performing calibration tests of vehicle instrumentation for real-time determination of flight loads.

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