Mason & Hanger to Partner on NASA Flight Dynamics Research Facility Design at Langley Research Center

To include first New Vertical Wind Tunnel in 80 years

Mason & Hanger, a Day & Zimmermann Company, proudly announces their role as a contributing partner on the recently awarded design-build contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for the design of NASA’s new Flight Dynamics Research Facility (FDRF) at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Mason & Hanger will be working in partnership with BL Harbert International (BLHI) and Calspan Aero Systems Engineering, Inc.

“We are proud to be a part of this historic project, contributing to our nation’s safe space exploration, supporting the design of this mission-critical aeronautical research and testing facility,” states Ben Lilly, President, Mason & Hanger. “As the longest operating A/E firm in the U.S., we have been a long-standing contributor to American history and infrastructure, and this important project is testimony to our ongoing mission of Building a More Secure World ®,” he adds.

Rendering NASA Flight Dynamics Research Facility

(Pictured - Rendering of the new Flight Dynamics Research Facility)

The new vertical wind tunnel (VWT) research facility will replace two aging existing facilities and consolidate their functions into a new single state-of-the-art center for aerodynamic testing of developmental aircraft. At a maximum height of approximately 130 feet, the new FDRF will house the first wind tunnel of any kind built at Langley in more than 40 years and the first VWT built in 80 years. It will be visible across the Langley campus and beyond.

The design development of NASA’s new $43M Flight Dynamics Research Facility project is scheduled to begin soon, Fall 2021 and is slated for completion in September 2024.  

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