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07.20.05

Interview with John Allmen on 'Return to Flight'

May 5, 2005, interview with John Allmen, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Program-project manager for 'Return to Flight' support for returning the Space Shuttle back to flight status.


1. Why was NASA Ames Research Center chosen to participate in Space Shuttle 'Return to Flight' (RTF) studies, and what particular areas is Ames researching for RTF? (16 SECONDS)

2. What is computational fluid dynamics? (35 SECONDS)

3. How realistic is it when you conduct these Shuttle simulations and what are the results you get from the simulations? (31 SECONDS)

4. How do you determine how accurate your Shuttle simulations are that you do here at NASA Ames? (1:14 MINUTES)

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7. What did you do with the F-15 aircraft? (1:03 MINUTES)

8. Have NASA Ames' supercomputers assisted in the effort to return the Shuttle to flight? (29 SECONDS)

9. What are some of the advantages of using supercomputers to analyze data? (34 SECONDS)

10. How long will Ames be assisting in the 'return to flight' effort? (25 SECONDS)

11. Can the computer tools used to analyze the Shuttle be used for other spacecraft too? (28 SECONDS)

12. What are these supercomputer tools and what can they do? (32 SECONDS)

13. What is a wind tunnel? (33 SECONDS)

14. Why do you use supercomputers to analyze flight when you already have wind tunnels? (40 SECONDS)

15. What are some of the things you have learned from the NASA Ames research done for return to flight? (2:27 MINUTES)

16. Please explain a little more about computer models and their potential use in analyzing pictures of repairs. (26 SECONDS)

17. How are shuttle tiles analyzed for damage after a flight? (1 MINUTE)

18. With the hand-held laser device, what do you see when it scans a tile? (20 SECONDS)

19. What else could this hand-held laser tool be used for? (59 SECONDS)

20. What is a personal satellite? (43 SECONDS)

21. What is NASA Ames' Arc Jet facility, and what has been its role in the return to flight effort? (1:04 MINUTES)

22. What else have NASA Ames researchers been doing in the return to flight effort? (42 SECONDS)