Dryden's Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale offers the expanded space needed to manage the Center's airborne science missions and research platforms.
A collection of historical facts and events from Dryden's last 50 years.
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Due to budgetary constraints, group and individual tours of Dryden Flight Research Center have been cancelled effective Dec. 16, 2011.
Employee procedures for determining if Dryden is open for a normal workday during severe weather conditions.
The Dryden Flight Research Center helped advance NASA's overall mission of Earth and space science and aerospace technology research during 2011.› Read More
A new image from NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) shows a complex distribution of interstellar dust and stars in the Orion nebula.
NASA photographer Tom Tschida gets some unusual perspectives on the high-flying Earth science aircraft as it is disassembled for major maintenance.
NASA Dryden provided a wide range of physical and communications support to the space shuttle program over more than three decades.
NASA recently completed flight tests to prepare for a multi-year airborne campaign to study humidity and chemistry of the tropical tropopause.
NASA researchers recently gathered data from a select group of volunteers on their perception of sonic booms created by aircraft in supersonic flight.
NASA's DC-8 airborne science laboratory has returned to the United States after completing its Fall 2011 Operation IceBridge campaign over Antarctica.
NASA's SOFIA flying observatory has taken the highest resolution mid-infrared image to date of the massive W40 star-forming region in the Milky Way.
NASA is developing the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy - or SOFIA - as a world-class airborne observatory that will complement the Hubble, Spitzer, Herschel and James Webb space telescopes and major Earth-based telescopes.
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Current flight research projects and programs being flown at Dryden Flight Research Center.
Although most followers of NASA's Space Shuttle Program associate the shuttles with NASA's space-oriented field centers, major contributions to the shuttles' development occurred at NASA's four research field centers. Learn about some of NASA Dryden's contributions to space shuttle development and support in this series of historical articles
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The sensational, iconic, and groundbreaking X-15 hypersonic research aircraft extended flight to the edge of space during the 1950s and 1960s.
Dryden played an important role in the shuttle program from its earliest stages. The space shuttle prototype Enterprise was flown at the center in a 1977 series of flight tests that evaluated glide and landing characteristics of the 100-ton vehicles.
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