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X-30 National AeroSpace Plane

1986–1994—X-30 National AeroSpace Plane (NASP) program, conceived to develop operational space planes, never advanced beyond its technology development period but produced advanced technologies in materials, propulsion, and other fields.

NASA/FAA Wind Shear Program Picture

1986–1993—NASA/FAA Wind Shear Program, a joint study on the cause of and corrective action for encounters with wind shear outcome procedures and technologies, began.

Laminar Flow Control Picture

1986–1994—Laminar Flow Control project research on active flow control over all speed regimes was developed to produce laminar flow over 65 percent of the wing of the aircraft, generating less drag and promoting better fuel efficiency.

F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle Picture

1987–1998—F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle (HARV). The program was to validate computer codes and wind tunnel test results relating to high angle of attack aerodynamics, flight controls, and airflow phenomena.



Flight Control Engine Picture

1993–1995—Flight control from engine thrust was developed and flight-tested for aircraft control using only engine thrust and no control surfaces.

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