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NASA, GSA break ground on new Flight Dynamics Research Facility

August 17, 2022

NASA Flight Dynamics Research Facility

PHILADELPHIA — Today, NASA and the U.S. General Services Administration broke ground on the forthcoming Flight Dynamics Research Facility at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

The FDRF (rendering provided courtesy of Mason & Hanger) will consolidate and replace two aging wind tunnels with one new vertical wind tunnel, the most capable research tunnel of its kind in the world. GSA and NASA leadership were joined by local and elected officials to formally highlight this project milestone.

“The FDRF will extend NASA’s 100 year legacy of innovation in aeronautics,” said Joanna Rosato, acting Assistant Commissioner for Portfolio Management and Customer Engagement. “GSA is proud to partner with NASA to construct this unique facility.”

The FDRF will become the fourth new building delivered by GSA in support of NASA’s 20 year revitalization plan at Langley Research Center. The revitalization effort will reduce the Center’s footprint and transform the remaining infrastructure to be energy efficient, sustainable and adaptable. These efforts will ensure Langley remains a critical research and development center for NASA and the nation well into the 21st century.

The project is estimated to be completed in September 2024.

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Last Reviewed: 2022-08-17