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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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Jennifer Cole

Flight Demonstrations & Capabilities Project Manager

Tom Horn

Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator Project Manager

Cathy Bahm

Sustainable Flight Demonstrator Project Manager

Brent Cobleigh

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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 the director of the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. 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 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 Supports California Students Aiming to Advance Technology
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Students from a minority-serving university in California are helping solve challenges of autonomous systems for future drone operations on Earth…

ARMD Solicitations
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This ARMD solicitations page compiles the opportunities to collaborate with NASA’s aeronautical innovators and/or contribute to their research to enable…

2024 Dream with Us Design Challenge Winners
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Congratulations! Our 2024 Dream with Us challenge has concluded, and we are pleased to share the winning projects: Middle School…

System-Wide Safety Collaborations
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NASA’s System-Wide Safety (SWS) project identifies and addresses safety threats to improve the efficiency of flight and access to airspace.…

NASA, Industry to Start Designing More Sustainable Jet Engine Core
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NASA, alongside industry, will soon begin designing a new jet engine concept for the next generation of ultra-efficient airliners —…

Aviary: A New NASA Software Platform for Aircraft Modelling
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NASA has created a new digital modelling tool for aeronautical engineers to innovate new aircraft designs, building on decades of…


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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