Several important aerodynamic evaluations have been completed on the SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that will carry a telescope so big and so powerful that it can detect the invisible energy of astronomical objects not visible to the human eye.
The SOFIA, which stands for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, will be the largest airborne observatory in the world, and will make observations that are impossible for even the largest and highest of ground-based telescopes.
NASA’s SOFIA website
DLR’s SOFIA website
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