NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, based out of Edwards Air Force Base, has been at the forefront of aeronautic research for decades. They’ve decided to open up their vaults and showcase some of that research on YouTube, where they’ve uploaded around 300 films of their past work.
This includes experimental planes from 1965, lunar rovers going through test runs, supersonic jets practicing mid-air refueling, you name it. It’s a move that’s been years in the making. Prior to the uploading, one would have to find the Dryden Aircraft Movie Collectionthrough the Dryden Flight Research Center website, Armstrong’s name prior to 2014.
“NASA has so much digital content that tends to be overlooked by the public, given the difficulty that exists in actually locating the content,” Rebecca Richardson, social media manager for NASA Armstrong, tells Motherboard. “Our hope is that by moving the content to more accessible platforms, NASA fans and media personnel will be able to access the content more regularly and become more fully immersed in what is happening at NASA.”
Meanwhile, the Armstrong Center is very much focused on the present as well, working on the latest experimental planes. The entire collection is worth browsing through, here are a few places to get started.
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