|For Release: June 28, 2002|
RELEASE NO. 02-042
NASA LANGLEY FORECAST
* * *JULY 4TH SPECIAL: Documents of democracy no longer in danger! * * *
MISSE-2: the sequel. Lethal radiation, micrometeoroids, extreme temperatures and man-made debris can destroy satellites and spacecraft ultimately halting the future of space exploration. In response to this threatening possibility, the second half of the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE-2) is scheduled to travel to space aboard STS-114 in early 2003. Two suitcase-like Passive Experiment Containers (PECs) are being prepared now and will test how materials perform in spaces harsh environment. After a three-year stay in space, the PECs will return to NASAs Langley Research Center for examination and analysis.
The future of flight - NASAs vision takes off. Imagine traveling from Norfolk, to business meetings in Detroit and St. Louis, and then returning home in time for dinner with your family. Thanks to a partnership between NASA and the National Consortium for Aviation Mobility (NCAM), travel plans like this may be available sooner than you think. NASA has selected NCAM to lead a research team to develop the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) concept. SATS involves the use of small, technologically advanced aircraft that promise safer, more reliable, more efficient and more affordable air service to the nations 5,400 available airports. NCAM is made up of over 130 members from private businesses and public entities nationwide and is expected to grow. NASA and other government agencies will contribute up to $40 million by 2005 in support of the joint-sponsored SATS research agreement.
A turbulent spring. Researchers from NASAs Langley Research Center are going over scientific results they collected during more than a dozen stormy weather flights made this spring. A NASA 757 flying laboratory went searching for turbulence associated with thunderstorms
the kind of rough air most pilots try to avoid. NASA is helping to develop a Doppler radar system that can detect some turbulence before a plane encounters it.
If you build it ... NASA and the FAA might use it! University and high school students are invited to design "Revolutionary Vehicle Concepts and Systems" for a nationwide competition now being launched. Winners will be announced in April 2003. Details will be available August 15 at http://avst.larc.nasa.gov. The top six teams from this years competition include students from Kansas State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, George Mason University, University of Virginia, a partnership between Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and Loughborough University, and Ohio University. These teams and their projects will be recognized July 26 at the annual EAA AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh, Wis.
Shuttle replacement may get new protective "ARMOR." Whats better than a lightweight spacecraft skin that can take a 3,000-degree Fahrenheit beating and still return the spacecraft safely home? The answer may be a new thermal protection system technology called ARMOR (Adaptable, Robust, Metallic, Operable, Reusable). The next generation of reusable launch vehicles requires enhanced protection from low-speed impacts, high-speed on-orbit impacts and rain erosion. Several ARMOR panels have been fabricated for NASA Langley Research Center by BFGoodrich Aerostructures Group, Chula Vista, Calif. One advance to date: The damage-resistant, lightweight, metallic panels can be readily removed for inspection or repair.
July 9 Unmanned air vehicles: the possibilities are endless.
Presented by Mr. Michael J. Logan, head of the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Lab (SUAVELab) Unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, have been hovering in the limelight of recent aerospace developments and for good reason. The military is actively using UAVs to combat terrorism in Afghanistan. Commercial firms are investigating the use of UAVs for applications such as agriculture and communications. Many of these current uses involve large aircraft, such as Predator, Helios and Global Hawk. But numerous applications exist for smaller and more affordable UAVs, particularly for civilian use. Logan will talk about these potential civil uses and describe the vehicles being developed by a team at NASA Langleys SUAVELab.
August 13 Incident reporting systems attract global attention.
Incident reporting systems are gaining popularity
and raising eyebrows. In Europe, guidelines are being drafted for air traffic management. Similarly, the United Kingdom is developing requirements for the reporting and analysis of control system failures. But do more reports always prevent future incidents? Johnson will discuss the effectiveness of incident reporting techniques. He also will describe the range of techniques that have been used to help monitor incident reporting systems in the UK rail, aviation and healthcare industries.
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