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August 8, 2007

Dryden Flight Research Center
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Gray Creech
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Phone: 661/276-2662

Ejection Seats Explored at NASA's Palmdale Gallery

When pilots flying high performance jets need to get out of a crippled aircraft in a hurry, they count on rocket-powered ejection seats.

NASA ejection seat and life support technician Steve Spandorf will describe how ejection seats work on Saturday, Aug. 18, at NASA's Aerospace Exploration Gallery in the Palmdale Civic Center.

Spandorf will give a brief history on ejection seats, then explain how they can save lives in some of the most dangerous work on, or above, the planet.

Presentations begin at 9 a.m., repeating at 10:30 a.m. and again at noon. A question and answer time will follow each presentation.

Spandorf currently is a quality assurance inspector for life support in NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's Safety and Mission Assurance office. He formerly served as chief of the Edwards Air Force Base egress shop.

A seasoned ejection seat professional, Spandorf has spent years in a field that requires knowledge, skill, and attention to detail because, unlike most work, lives literally depend on it.

NASA Dryden operates the Aerospace Exploration Gallery in partnership with the AERO Institute and the City of Palmdale. The gallery is located at the Palmdale Institute of Technology, 38256 Sierra Highway, near city hall in the Palmdale Civic Center. It is open free to the public Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and its research projects, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden.


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