NASA Begins Work to Build a Quieter Supersonic Passenger Jet

This is an artist’s concept of a possible Low Boom Flight Demonstration Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) X-plane design. The award of a preliminary design contract is the first step towards the possible return of supersonic passenger travel – but this time quieter and more affordable. Credits: Lockheed Martin WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2016 / — The return of … [Read more…]

NASA Airborne Mission to Focus on Polar Winds

NASA’s DC-8 aircraft began a series of science flights based out of Keflavik, Iceland, on May 11 aimed at studying Arctic polar winds. The mission goals are to provide current wind data to preexisting weather models and to collect pre-launch calibration and validation data in support of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Atmospheric Dynamics Mission … [Read more…]

NASA’s Langley Research Center Named Vertical Flight Heritage Site

In a ceremony held Friday, May 8, NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, was formally designated a Vertical Flight Heritage Site by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International. From left to right: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Langley Center Director Dave Bowles, AHS International Executive Director Mike Hirschberg and NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Associate … [Read more…]