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01-038
For Release: May 15, 2001

Barbara L. Kakiris, InDyne, Inc.
Media Relations Office
216/433-2901

Lori J. Rachul
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Innovative Aerospace Accomplishments Turn Goals Into Local Reality

NASA Glenn Research Center is slated to receive an impressive total of six Turning Goals into Reality (TGIR) Awards during the 2001 TGIR Conference in Washington, D.C., May 15-17. Presented by NASA's Office of Aerospace Technology (OAT), the awards recognize NASA and industry partnerships that have developed outstanding aeronautics and space transportation system technologies.

This year's conference theme is "Innovation in Aerospace Transportation," emphasizing the new and the necessary in aerospace transportation, with the goals of keeping our nation's growing economy on track, creating new markets in air travel and commercial space, and improving the quality of life for all citizens through safe, affordable and accessible air travel.

Glenn's work in aerospace technologies garnered the following awards:

Revolutionize Aviation Award: Aircraft Icing Research Team
This team, in collaboration with internal and external partners, continues to make significant progress towards eliminating icing as a safety hazard to aircraft, thereby increasing aviation capacity and mobility. Examples of Glenn projects include: LEWICE, the first ice accretion computational tool to be validated extensively, which is being used by aircraft manufacturers to reduce design cycle time and lower certification costs; and Tailplane Icing Program, which characterizes ice-contaminated tail plane stall.

Advanced Space Transportation Award: Deep Space 1 (DS1) Ion Engine and Solar Concentrator Array and Refractive Linear Element Technology (SCARLET) Photovoltaic Array Development Team (NASA Glenn/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
This team was responsible for the delivery of the flight ion engine, advanced solar array, power-processing unit and controller for integration onto the DS1 spacecraft. The SCARLET photovoltaic system, jointly funded by the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and NASA, uses a unique refractive lens concept to achieve high-performance, radiation-tolerance, and high-voltage operation at a reduced array cost. The DS1 ion engine system and the SCARLET array are the first applications of these technologies for primary power and propulsion of spacecraft dedicated to planetary or small-body missions.

Pioneering Technology Innovation Award: Numerical Propulsion System Simulation (NPSS) Team
This team established the first major aerospace design and analysis tool redesigned and rewritten in the object-oriented programming paradigm. NPSS' new software architecture enables multi-fidelity analysis in the design environment and facilitates integration at different levels of detail. The NPSS team's major accomplishment was the distribution of NPSS Version 1.0.0 to NASA, Department of Defense and U.S. aircraft industry. NPSS is a best-in-the-world propulsion system simulation tool that provides the user with unprecedented capability and ease of use. As a result, NPSS is an emerging United States standard for aircraft engine simulation.

Commercialize Technology Award: Broadband Satcom for Aeronautical Application/Ring Buffer Network Bus-Data Turbine Team (NASA Glenn/NASA Dryden)
This team demonstrated real-time data link technology to move and distribute unique and distinct flight data to multiple sites while addressing multi-level priorities in a secure, high-integrity data-sharing environment serving safety and capacity needs of the National Airspace System. The team demonstrated the capability of a Glenn/Boeing phased array antenna technology to achieve data rates 100 times greater than currently operational in today's National Airspace System.

Emissions Reduction Award: Advanced Combustor Fuel Injector Development Team
The key to ultra low Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) combustors is to completely burn the fuel at the lowest possible flame temperature, which is to have a lean fuel mixture and uniform fuel-air distribution. To generate a uniform fuel-air mixture before burning, the Advanced Combustor Fuel Injector Development Team developed a fuel-air mixing device. The fuel injectors and swirlers are fabricated by using chemically etched-diffusion bonded laminate, which makes durable construction possible at a cost equal to or less than conventional fuel injectors/fuel-air mixers. The Team demonstrated a total NOx emissions reduction of 80 percent from the 1996 International Civil Aviation Organization standards for large and regional-size subsonic engines, for the Lean Direct Injection (LDI) concept in a flame-tube test.

Mobility Award: General Aviation Propulsion (GAP) Revitalization Team
This team was comprised of NASA, the aircraft industry, and the Federal Aviation Administration to bring a new era to small aircraft by developing and demonstrating revolutionary low-cost aircraft engines. NASA partnered with two industry teams through cooperative agreements. The Turbine Engine Industry Team, lead by Williams International, developed a very lightweight, low-cost, 700-pound thrust turbofan engine. The Intermittent Combustion Engine Industry Team, lead by Teledyne Continental Motors, developed a low-cost 200 hp diesel engine.

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