Planes Are Crashing at NASA, and That’s a Good Thing

When an airplane smashes into the dirt at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, researchers get very excited.

That’s because the Langley team’s ongoing destruction of Cessna 172 aircraft is generating troves of data that could ultimately save lives. It’s the second in a series of the three tests — the first was on July 1 — that are part of an an ongoing effort to improve on-board emergency transmitters that many times fail to do their only job: alert rescue workers that the

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