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News Archive / Tagged: Langley Research Center

  • NASA conducts Orion water drop tests ahead of Artemis 2

    Matt HaskellApril 7th, 2021

    NASA made a considerable splash Tuesday afternoon by dropping its Orion crew module into a pool of water at its research facility in Langley, Virginia.

  • COVID-19 concerns see all NASA centers elevated to Response Framework Stage 3

    Matt HaskellMarch 18th, 2020

    Throughout the world, a novel coronavirus disease (known formally as COVID-19) has begun to take hold and is quickly bringing changes to the world as we know it.

  • Installation of MEDLI2 on Mars 2020 entry vehicle begins

    Jim SharkeyAugust 5th, 2019

    Entry, landing and decent (EDL) is one of the most challenging phases of any Mars mission. Engineers recently began installing hardware on the entry vehicle of NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission that will help increase the safety of future missions to the Red Planet.

  • NASA Administrator visits Langley Research Center

    Steve HammerAugust 1st, 2018

    LANGLEY, Va. -- NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine made his second stop on a tour of NASA research facilities Tuesday, July 31 at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

  • SAGE III to provide highly accurate measurements of atmospheric gases

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 21st, 2017

    The International Space Station (ISS) will soon get a new tool to investigate the Earth's upper atmosphere. This device will be capable of conducting highly accurate measurements of aerosols and gaseous constituents in the stratosphere and troposphere.

  • NASA conducts ninth Orion drop test at Langley

    Jason RhianAugust 26th, 2016

    HAMPTON, Va. — NASA conducted the ninth drop test of the space agency's Orion spacecraft at Langley Research Center on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The test began at 3:30 p.m. EDT (07:30 GMT) with the mockup of the spacecraft being dropped into about 20 feet of water at the Center's Landing and Impact Research Facility.

  • Boeing’s CST-100 undergoes ground landing tests

    Eric ShearAugust 25th, 2016

    Boeing and NASA engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, have begun a series of six ground landing qualification tests to simulate what Boeing’s CST-100 "Starliner" spacecraft and crew may experience during a landing in the American Southwest from the International Space Station.

  • Orion undergoing water impact tests at Langley Research Center

    Bart LeahyJune 17th, 2016

    NASA is continuing its testing of the Orion spacecraft, including different splashdown scenarios, at the agency's Langley Research Center located in Virginia by splashing the spacecraft into the 20-foot (6.1-meter) deep Hydro Impact Basin, NASA is also checking out the interior with a pair of simulated seats and crew members—crash-test dummies.

  • NASA dedicates facility to mathematician Katherine Johnson

    Jim SharkeyMay 7th, 2016

    NASA has commemorated the many contributions of retired mathematician Katherine Johnson during a building dedication ceremony on Thursday, May 5, at the space agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The event took place on the 55th anniversary of Alan Shepard's historic spaceflight aboard Freedom 7 in 1961, which Johnson helped make possible.

  • NASA’s Orion spacecraft completes drop tests at Langley

    Jason RhianApril 9th, 2016

    It almost went unnoticed that NASA's new Orion spacecraft had also carried out an important milestone. The nine drop tests that a test article of the spacecraft finished were just the latest step that the space agency has carried out as it works to send astronauts to deep space destinations.

  • Boeing’s CST-100 ‘Starliner’ does well in tests

    Jason RhianFebruary 23rd, 2016

    NASA touted the successful airbag tests Boeing's CST-100 Starliner capsule performed at the agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, on Feb. 9. Through a statement, NASA highlighted efforts to have NASA astronauts fly to low-Earth orbit via commercially-provided craft.