High Altitude Research Program

Mission Statement:

The NASA WB-57 Program provides unique, high-altitude airborne platforms to US Government agencies, academic institutions, and commercial customers in order to support scientific research and advanced technology development and testing at locations around the world. Mission examples include atmospheric and earth science, ground mapping, cosmic dust collection, rocket launch support, and test bed operations for future airborne or spaceborne systems.

The NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas is the home of the NASA WB-57 High Altitude Research Program. Three fully operational WB-57 aircraft are based near JSC at Ellington Field. The aircraft have been flying research missions since the early 1960's, and continue to be an asset to the scientific community with professional, reliable, customer-oriented service designed to meet all scientific objectives.
Video of NASA's Trio of WB57s Flying in Formation Over Houston

Please browse the information in this website. If you have any further inquiries regarding how your instrument can be flown on the WB-57, JSC aircraft operations, or the WB-57 in general, please do not hesitate in contacting our team at the WB-57 Program Office.

We look forward to working with you.