Dryden also offers opportunities for small, unmanned aircraft system customers requiring test range access or technical expertise. A streamlined flight-test approval process and extensive experience in securing certificates of authorization for unmanned aerial system flights also are available.
Dryden has many partners, including its Edwards Air Force Base neighbors, the Air Force Flight Test Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The partnership has resulted in agreements that, through cost elimination or reduction, produced more than $34 million in savings.
Collaborative work involves the X-51 hypersonic aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems, and the AFRL’s Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology Fighter Risk Reduction program team. Dryden led the ACAT integrated test team, which won an Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine Laureate Award in March 2011 for successful development and flight test of an automatic ground collision avoidance system.
In addition to U.S. Department of Defense partnerships, Dryden also collaborates with other NASA centers, federal government departments, and academic institutions. Partnerships in private industry include those with The Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream, Northrop Grumman, AeroVironment, General Atomics, and Scaled Composites.
Dryden has six discipline branches: aerodynamics and propulsion, aero-structures, dynamics and controls, flight instrumentation, flight systems, and systems engineering and integration. The branches provide research and project support engineering. Center expertise in each field includes software, hardware, analysis, modeling, planning, and execution of flight and development of flight and ground test techniques.
Dryden research facilities offer unique and highly specialized flight research capabilities that are unparalleled in meeting customer requirements. These facilities include the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility, Flight Loads Laboratory, Flow Visualization Facility, Western Aeronautical Test Range, and Walter C. Williams Research Aircraft Integration Facility.
Dryden stands ready to put its resources and skills to use for its partners in reducing risk in the latest aircraft and technology development projects. Contact Ron Young in the Innovative Partnerships Office for more information at 661-276-3741. More information also is available online at http://www.nasa.gov/offices/ipp/centers/dfrc/index.html.