1997OngoingEnvironmental Research Aircraft
and Sensor Technology (ERAST) project was established. Remotely
piloted, solar-powered Helios vehicle flew to
the record-breaking altitude of 96,863 feet in 2001, leading
the way for future high-altitude, long-duration, solar-powered
1999OngoingFuture Flight Central is a
full-scale airport operations simulator that can create a
functionally accurate physical and software replication of
a control tower or operations center (current or future).
With NASA experts, airport staff can plan new runways, test
new ground traffic and tower communications procedures, validate
air traffic planning simulations, and perform cost-benefit
studies for new airport requirements and designs.