NASA Invites Media to Tour VIPR, Aeronautics Research Project

NASA will host a behind-the-scenes tour of the Vehicle Integrated Propulsion Research project at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California on Thursday, July 9. VIPR is preparing for a third and final round of testing with three objectives: incorporate smart sensors designed to improve flying safety and reduce costs, detect potential engine faults and evaluate advances in engine diagnostics. A morning briefing will cover the current status and objectives of the VIPR project, followed by a tour of the test setup, which involves ground testing of a C-17 cargo transport plane and one of its engines -- a military version of a commercial engine used on the Boeing 757.