Field Tests, Balloons, Aircraft, and Upcoming Missions



In 1964, two engineers from Martin Marietta ran in circles through a Colorado wheat field with a handmade balsa wood and paper glider. The model was a perfectly scaled mock-up of a reentry vehicle they had been working on for several months. Their stubby “lifting-body” was a precursor to the modern space shuttles, and they wanted to see how it behaved before they sent a more expensive version into wind tunnel tests at NASA’s Ames Research Center.


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  1. 1.LittletonUSA

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