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NASA have conducted research with helicopters since its foundation. Since the beginning participated in partnership with the Armed Forces, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and others in advanced projects like the XV-3, the S-72 or the GL-10.

Many crash tests have help make helicopters safer with new materials that can keep passengers safe in the event of helicopter crashes and with wind tunnel tests investigates how to make quieter, bigger and faster helicopters. More recently NASA has even studied how helicopters could be flown on Mars. A mission to the red planet carrying a small drone helicopter is scheduled for 2020

List of Helicopter Operators

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Rotary Wing Aircraft UnitCreatedDisband
    Langley Research CenterLARC1920 --
    Ames Research CenterARC1939 --
    Dryden Flight Research CenterDFRC1947 --
    Wallops Flight FacilityWFF1945 --
    Johnson Space Flight Center1961 --

Bases and Locations

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Base / HeliportUnits on this Location
   Edwards AFBDFRC 1947/   
   Langley Research CenterLARC 1920/   
   Moffett FieldARC 1939/   

Model Types

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  NASA Mars Helicopter2020
  Bell XV-15A 219782003
  B-V YHC-1A219621975
  B-V CH-46C219621975

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