Highlights of 2019 at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center


[ Music ]>>Three, two, one, ignition. This is the LC Minotaur
launch vehicle. It is carrying the AA-2
Launch Abort System for a full stress test. [ Inaudible ]>>Pyros one and two
discharged both sides.>>[inaudible] pressure.>>Good control. [ Music ] [ Inaudible ]>>Pyros three and four.>>We are testing
these instruments to collect atmospheric wind,
aerosol and water vapor data. Doing this to understand how
accurate these instruments are and also to understand
how we might be able to take these instruments
to space someday. [ Inaudible ]>>Hi, everyone. Here we are on DC-8. We’re flying about
two-thirds of the way through our third flight,
so flight number three. As you can see, students are on
board as well as about a dozen or so different instruments. [ Inaudible ]>>FIREX-AQ for short,
the goal is to track smoke as it crosses North America,
taking air samples ranging from high in the sky
to down on the ground where people are breathing it.>>The DC-8 here at NASA
Armstrong support Operation IceBridge since 2009. This will be our
seventh campaign.>>Air-LUSI, it is designed to measure the light reflected
off the moon, and it flies in ER-2 high-altitude airplanes.>>Flying high in the
Earth’s atmosphere with SOFIA, the world’s largest
airborne observatory, scientists finally detected
this elusive molecule called “helium hydride.” [ Music ]>>[inaudible], return
to count and launch.>>Capsule. [ Inaudible ] [ Blasting ]>>SPLICE is developing a family
of sensors that are acquired to land safely and
precisely on the moon, Mars, and any other destination.>>Ready? Here we go.>>Here we go.>>We are in between
[inaudible].>>[inaudible] controller. [inaudible], three,
two, one, release.>>They’ll be coming
to the right and then back around
to the left.>>The X-56A project is intended
to enable the utilization of light-efficient
wings by development of flight control technologies
to suppress flutter.>>And we’re coming to the left.>>This is one of the most
heavily instrumented wings we’ve ever tested. There was about 10,000
sensors on our wing which included fiberoptic
strand sensing, additional strand sensing,
displacement sensors, load sensing, and
also inclinometers. [ Music ]>>Okay, [inaudible]
slowing to one, three, four.>>The project I’m working on is the Unmanned
Aircraft Systems Integration into the National
Airspace System. The plan of this project
is to integrate these UAS into airspace occupied by
human-piloted aircraft.>>Stand by, please. Tell your partner
where you’re going. [ Inaudible ]>>The use of this project is
going to go for a long time because it’s going to
establish a fundamental data set on how pilots breathe in
a tactical environment.>>This particular antenna we’re
trying to use on the ground, and we have a flight
test campaign to explore exactly
how well we’re able to control the interference of
this [inaudible] type antenna.>>We’re really excited. We have this wing that
we’ve been designing for years that’s been
finally built and delivered, and now we’re testing it to see
if it matches the performance that we need for
the X-57 vehicle.>>X-57, it’s a manned
electric airplane, and what we’re doing is
developing technologies related to electric aircraft. [ Music ]>>Right now conventional
supersonic aircraft are just way too loud when they’re
supersonic, very disturbing for people, but we’re sure
that we can make planes that are quiet and
still be supersonic so we can reduce flight times in
half without disturbing people.>>Ultimately the X-59 will be
creating a quiet sonic thump.>>So what we’re doing
now is we’re going to take what we learned
from these experiments and we’re going to apply them
to the X-59 which is going to ultimately be flown
in the year 2021 so that for the first time we can
get regulations on the books in the United States of America
that say you can fly supersonic.

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3 Responses

  1. WeBeGood says:

    Is NASA going to Redesign the Orion Capsule after it went unstable in Subsonic flight? Tumbled fast enough to incapacitate or kill the astronauts.

  2. zulkifli md hussain says:

    NASA Armstrong Space Research centre should spared time to invent more sophisticated space shuttles to explore the space !

  3. zulkifli md hussain says:

    I were so interested in the discoveries of the Armstrong Space Research Centre . I was intended to absorb my son , Aiman to attend a course in aeronautical engineering at the NASA Space Centre until completed & undergoing trainings in astronautical for a certain period until he was qualified to become an astronaut !

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