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NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center is celebrating 70 years of flight research!
Here is a look at the last 70 years: http://go.usa.gov/xKt3Y
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A team from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has been selected to develop a new, third-generation facility science instrument for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA.

Learn more: http://go.usa.gov/xZBhW
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Happy Labor Day from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center!
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In case you missed it: Our Global Hawk is at NASA Wallops Flight Facility to evaluate the benefits of using the unmanned aircraft in routine operations to improve severe storm forecasts.

These evaluations are part of a three-year research project with NOAA called Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT).

To learn more about SHOUT, visit: http://go.usa.gov/xDuTx
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NOAA’s National Weather Service National Hurricane Center used real-time weather from our Global Hawk unmanned aircraft to upgrade tropical storm Gaston to a hurricane. The discovery was made while the aircraft gathered data for the Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) mission. SHOUT is a three-year research project with NOAA to evaluate the benefits of using the unmanned aircraft to improve severe storm forecasts.

For more information, visit:http://go.usa.gov/xDzhT 
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Southern Africa produces almost a third of the world’s vegetative burning, which sends smoke particles up into the atmosphere, where they eventually mix with clouds over the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. Our ER-2 research aircraft will fly at 65,000 feet to help researchers investigate how these particles impact the clouds as part of the Observations of Clouds above Aerosols and their Interactions (ORACLES) study.

Learn more: http://go.usa.gov/xDsww

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A high-altitude balloon carrying a new, miniature solar-pointing platform was launched from Benson Municipal Airport in Arizona on Sept. 3. The instrumentation on the platform enables low-cost research with optical precision equivalent to pointing at a dime from 2.5 miles away.

Learn more: http://go.usa.gov/xKBBm
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#TBT We hosted the Star Trek crew in 1976 for the rollout of Space Shuttle Enterprise. Posing with the cast is prior NASA Administrator James Fletcher and show creator, Gene Roddenberry. #StarTrek50
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#TBT: This photo, captured in 1953, displays some of the research aircraft at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (then NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station). Aircraft photographed: X-3 (center) and, clockwise from left: X-1A (Air Force serial number 48-1384), the third D-558-I (NACA tail number 142), XF-92A, X-5, D-558-II, and X-4.
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We recently concluded a series of flights designed to study the way sonic booms travel through the atmosphere. The Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence (SonicBAT) flights were performed to help NASA researchers measure the effect of low-altitude turbulence on sonic booms reaching the ground. This research will help to further the development of future supersonic commercial aircraft.

Read more: http://go.usa.gov/xDuck
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Today we are wishing the National Park Service a happy 100th birthday!

Olympic National Park was recently the site of a NASA-funded study—the Olympic Mountain Experiment (OLYMPEX). From November 2015 through February 2016, researchers flew over the region in our DC-8 flying laboratory and set up other observatories on the ground to calibrate and test the accuracy of the rain- and snow-observing satellite known as the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM).
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NASA’s Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) sits in front of the main hangar at the Armstrong Flight Research Center in preparation for its move to the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum. The LLRVs were created to study and analyze piloting techniques needed to fly and land the tiny Apollo Lunar Module in the moon's airless environment.
Photo credit: NASA / Ed Mathieson
To learn more about the LLRV, visit: http://go.usa.gov/xD7qY
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The Armstrong Flight Research Center is NASA's primary center for atmospheric flight research and operations. NASA Armstrong is critical in carrying out the agency's missions of space exploration, space operations, scientific discovery, and aeronautical research and development. 

Located at Edwards, California, in the western Mojave Desert, Armstrong Flight Research Center is uniquely situated to take advantage of the excellent year-round flying weather, remote area, and visibility to test some of the nation's most exciting air vehicles.


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