A NASA facility in Hampton, Virginia, used for aeronautics research. Langley was established in 1917 as the USA's first civil aeronautics laboratory. It conducts programmes in atmospheric sciences and develops technology for advanced space transportation systems, such as the X-33 reusable launch vehicles (due to replace the space shuttle, but cancelled in 2001). The centre also does research in such areas as remote sensing, spacecraft structures, materials, and design. Its design expertise has been used for planetary probes, including the Mars Pathfinder. Its Wind Tunnel Enterprise has 28 facilities. In 2004, Langley had 3 800 civil service and contract employees.
http://www.larc.nasa.gov/ Details the centre's activities in aeronautics, Earth science, space technology, and structures and materials. In addition to news articles on current research, users can obtain technical reports and fact sheets. The site is well-organized and easy to navigate.
Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics — Warfare and Defence.