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From basic research to development to testing, the work required to create the next generation air transportation system takes place at NASA research centers around the country.

While each Center supports all NASA Mission Directorates—Exploration Systems, Space Operations, Science, and Aeronautics—a number of Centers have specific roles in aeronautics research that stretch back for decades.

NASA Ames bird's eye view of the facility. + Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, is an internationally-recognized research institution geared toward creating new knowledge and new technologies that span the spectrum of NASA interests. Founded in December 1939, today Ames' research and development in aviation operations addresses an urgent national need to improve the capacity, efficiency, safety, and security of the national airspace system. National flight simulation and aerodynamic test facilities are used to mature and validate technologies and systems, while expertise in intelligent adaptive systems and human factors provide breakthrough improvements in performance.
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Dryden Flight Research Center + Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, offers NASA vast, clear desert skies and a 44 square-mile dry lakebed for projects that push the envelope of aeronautical flight research and atmospheric flight operations. Since its founding in 1946, Dryden's research has led to major advancements in the design and capabilities of many civilian and military aircraft. Dryden also serves as a backup landing site for the space shuttle.
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Glenn Research Center + Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, continues to be the world leader in aeropropulsion research and technology by developing revolutionary propulsion systems that are intelligent, whisper-quiet, structurally integral to the vehicles, and clean and lean with near-zero emissions. Founded as the NACA Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory in 1941, researchers at Glenn are working to develop, verify, and transfer air-breathing propulsion technology for subsonic, supersonic, hypersonic, general aviation, and high-performance aircraft and rotorcraft. Glenn's aviation safety work includes studies of ice formation on aircraft surfaces in its Icing Research Tunnel and aboard research aircraft that intentionally fly into hazardous winter weather.
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Langley Research Center + Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, specializes in research and technology development regarding aviation weather safety. Founded in 1917, Langley leads NASA initiatives in aviation safety and security, quiet-aircraft technology, and small-aircraft transportation systems. The Center's infrastructure of wind tunnels, laboratories, and equipment arrays enables researchers to develop and validate technologies to improve the effectiveness, capability, comfort, efficiency, and safety of the nation's air transportation system.
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