The Research Aircraft Integration Facility (RAIF) simultaneously supports advanced, highly integrated aerospace vehicles through all phases of aeronautics, science, and space-based programs and projects.
NASA Armstrong’s Research Aircraft Integration Facility (RAIF) provides the ability to seamlessly integrate simulation and vehicle software and hardware systems under a single roof.
This one-of-a-kind facility can simultaneously support a wide variety of advanced, highly integrated aerospace vehicles through all phases of a research program from conceptual design to flight. The RAIF offers high-fidelity 6-DOF (degree of freedom) batch and in-real-time flight simulation capabilities, as well as support for system integration and closed-loop verification and validation testing of vehicle components and flight vehicles. Also available are complete aircraft group-support services, including all electrical, hydraulic, and cooling-air systems required for vehicle-system integration, functional checks, and routine aircraft maintenance.
Test setup for strain gage calibration loading conducted on the F-15 ACTIVE 16 Jun 1995 NASA Photo / & Flight Loads Lab Description.
Flight Research Facilities
The Flight Demonstrations Capabilities (FDC) project validates benefits associated with critical technologies through focused flight experiments.
Through the integration of appropriate flight test capabilities and assets – whether from NASA, other government agencies or industry – FDC campaigns focus on aggressive, success-oriented schedules using the best collection of assets. The FDC project supports tests of technology at all phases of maturation.
The communication antenna is used primarily for test flights to receive downlink flight data and video from test aircraft and also to support command uplink of data to test aircraft for command and control. It is one of two such assets of the Dryden Aeronautical Test Range at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California.