Points of Contact

John Del Frate - Director
Advanced Planning and Partnerships

P O Box 273
MS 2701
Edwards, CA 93523
phone: 661-276-3704
email: John.H.DelFrate@nasa.gov

Capabilities Brochure

cover of capabilities and facilities brochure

Download a printable version of Dryden's Capabilities and Facilities brochure (PDF)

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MI&TS Directorate Brochure

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Mission Information and Test Systems capabilities brochure (PDF)

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Accomplishments Summary

accomplishments brochure

This report highlights many of the research and technology efforts accomplished at Dryden Flight Research Center in 2008 and 2009.

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Spinoff 2011

spinoff 2011 cover

For over 50 years, NASA has created new technologies with direct benefit to the private sector, supporting global competition and the economy

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Flight Research Facilities

Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility

SOFIA flying over DAOF

The Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility, operated by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, is located in Palmdale, Calif., 70 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. NASA has leased the facility, ...

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Western Aeronautical Test Range

watr communications building

NASA’s Western Aeronautical Test Range (WATR) supports aerospace flight research and technology integration, space exploration concepts, airborne remote sensing and a wide variety of science missions.

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Research Labs and Flight Simulation

Flight Loads Laboratory

Flight Loads Lab at Dryden Flight Research Center

The Flight Loads Laboratory offers thermal, structural, ground vibration, and structural mode interaction testing of aircraft and aircraft structural components. The ability to do all of these tests ...

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Research Aircraft Integration Facility

Research Aircraft Integration Facility at Dryden Flight Research Center

The Research Aircraft Integration Facility (RAIF) provides high-fidelity real-time and batch flight simulation capabilities, closed-loop hardware-in-the-loop and vehicle-in-the-loop verification and ...

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Experimental Fabrication and Repair


Overhead view of the Sheet Metal Shop

The Dryden Experimental Fabrication Branch is a one-stop fabrication and manufacturing center.

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Chemical Crib

chemical crib technician loans a pressure gauge to a DynaCorp employee.

Dryden's 3,200-square foot chemical crib is a highly successful centralized site for dispensing, mixing, labeling, and storing chemicals.

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DAOF Fabrication Shop

daof fabrication shop

The DAOF Fabrication Shop is a first response manufacturing, modification, and repair center supporting NASA aircraft and related experimental hardware.

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Machine Shop

Dryden Machinist at Bridgeport Milling Machine

Modifying an aircraft for a research project involves the activities of many people at Dryden, and high on the list of this team are the highly experienced specialists at the Machine Shop.

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Sheet Metal Shop

Dryden craftsman using the water jet precision machining equipment.

When a NASA aircraft is being prepared for a major research program, the Sheet Metal Shop of the Dryden Flight Research Center's Experimental Fabrication Branch is likely to be involved.

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Additional Facilities

  • F404-400 engine and F-18 research aircraft.

    Engine Shop

    The NASA Engine Shop consists of two civil servants and two contractors. This team is well versed in inspecting, trouble shooting, rebuilding, and testing the F404-400 turbofan jet engines, which power the Navy F-18 aircraft.

  • Consolidated Information Technology Center

    Consolidated Information Technology Center

    Dryden’s Consolidated Information Technology Center will replace antiquated facilities and consolidate all IT services at one facility.


  • Ed Swan and Gray Creech discuss AV-8A Harrier cutting and retrieval challenges at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake. The former Marine Corps aircraft had been a weapons survivability test aircraft.

    Harrier Reconstruction Project

    Dryden personnel discuss AV-8A Harrier cutting and retrieval challenges at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake where the former Marine Corps aircraft had been a weapons survivability test aircraft.

  • Machine Shop Lathe Area<

    Experimental Fabrication Branch Photo Gallery

    Photos of the manufacturing assets of the Dryden Experimental Fabrication Branch.