The Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center is NASA’s primary center for atmospheric flight research and operations. NASA Armstrong is critical in carrying out the agency’s missions of space exploration, space operations, scientific discovery, and aeronautical research and development (R&D).

Located at Edwards, California, in the western Mojave Desert, Armstrong is uniquely situated to take advantage of the excellent year-round flying weather, remote area, and visibility to test some of the nation’s most exciting air vehicles.

In support of space exploration, we are managing the launch abort systems testing and integration, in partnership with the Johnson Space Center and Lockheed Martin, for the Crew Exploration Vehicle that will replace the Space Shuttle.

Armstrong was the primary alternate landing site for the space shuttle and orbital support for the International Space Station. 

Armstrong is participating in the Passport program on a limited basis. Access is limited due to its location on Edwards Air Force Base. The Air Force does provide public tours and Armstrong is one of the stops on those tours. To schedule a tour of Edwards Air Force Base please contact the Air Force Public Affairs office at (661) 277-3510.