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Aerovations News and Featured Stories

Welcome To Aerovations

The Innovative Partnerships office staff includes, from left, Jason Hanson, Ron Young, Julie Holland, Greg Poteat and Elizabeth Newcamp.

This is an exciting time within NASA for innovation and technology. With the creation of the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist, and the selection of its chief, Bobby Braun, a new agency champion ...

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Flight Opportunities

The Tom Tschida photo shows the Masten staff preparing their rocket for transport to their test site.

When Masten Flight Systems of Mojave, Calif., launches a NASA payload later this year with its Xaero reusable launch vehicle, it will mark the beginning of a new era in NASA-industry partnership as ...

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Seeding Innovation

Marty Brenner

A new Center Innovation Fund seeded through the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist became available when the federal 2011 fiscal year budget passed in April.

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Springing Toward A Novel Solution

A test subject runs in a zero gravity simulator on Earth in the Exercise Countermeasures Laboratory at Glenn Research Center, Cleveland.

NASA needs to improve its treadmills on Earth and in space and offered a prize to NASA researchers who could help with the technologies to make it happen.

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OCT Structure Is Focused On Tech

Patrick Chan, second from left, explains components of the Dryden-developed fiber optic strain-sensing technology to Bobby Braun, second from right. Also pictured are Tom Horn, left, and Robbie Schingler.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden created the Office of the Chief Technologist in 2010 and named Bobby Braun to head it. Since then, that office has been tasked with focusing NASA's technology ...

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Early Warning

Dryden sonic boom researcher Ed Haering answers questions on NASA sonic boom research during a Jan. 25 NASA.gov Web chat. At right is Gray Creech from Dryden public affairs.

Dryden and Seismic Warning Systems Inc., Scotts Valley, Calif., are evaluating the company's QuakeGuard earthquake warning system to determine whether sonic booms cause the system to register false ...

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Center Chief Technologist Has A Vision

David Voracek

David Voracek has a vision for Dryden in which technology developed here collaboratively through partnerships nationwide will cut across a number of needs for NASA and the nation. More important, the ...

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Tao of Systems

Arun Mangalam, Tao Systems president, is working on several Dryden projects, including one involving the G-III aircraft behind him.

Tao of Systems Integration of Hampton, Va., has developed technology that will revolutionize aircraft control. Small Business Innovative Research funds were among the factors that have enabled the ...

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Craig Stephens makes a point during a tour of the Dryden Flight Loads Laboratory.

When Dryden researcher Sunil Kukreja assembled a team for an Innovative Partnerships Program Seed Fund effort to begin looking at health monitoring of composite material airframes, he did so with ...

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Filling A Need

William Gray, U. S. Air Force Test Pilot School chief test pilot with a group of students.

X-Press editor Jay Levine recently talked with William Gray, the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School chief test pilot and staff advisor for Project Icarus: A Limited Handling Qualities Evaluation of ...

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CPP Students Aid In New-Tech Evaluation

Cal Poly-Pomona participants, from left, are Tyler Frisbie, Julio Perez, Ashley Knoblach, Ravin Kumar, Winny Dong and Olukemi Sawyerr.

When a researcher develops a technology or novel approach to completing a task, he or she writes and submits a new technology report, or NTR. If he or she needs help, it can be found at the Dryden ...

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Fiber Optics

Fiber Optic Sensors

The metallic panel has both conventional and fiber optic sensors. The white bundle of cables contains 100 conventional strain gages, the single yellow cable about 350.

Dryden researcher Allen Parker recently developed an algorithm that permits information from fiber optic sensors to move exponentially faster. In other words, information from fiber optic sensors can ...

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Dryden, 4DSP Enter Licensing Agreement

Pierrick Vulliez

A single fiber thinner than a human hair may one day enable systems that can monitor aircraft health, detect cracks and assess damage from natural disasters in bridges and infrastructure as they ...

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Dryden Fiber Optic Sensor Work Honored

A single fiber optic cable, seen in yellow, replaces the need for all of the white bundle of wires.

Dryden's work with fiber optic sensor systems has garnered agency-wide attention.

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  • Kurt Kloesel

    New Launch Technology Idea Gains Ground

    A team including members from multiple NASA centers has been formed to examine the feasibility of an electromagnetic-catapult concept as a key component for new launch technologies

  • F-15B flying with hot film sensors

    Under Control

    A flight on the F-15B Aeroelastic Test Wing 2 test fixture has validated that new "hot film" sensors could one day be used to help aircraft avoid conditions that lead to flutter.

  • Dryden researcher Marty Brenner, left, and Tao Systems president Arun Mangalam worked together to research advanced technology using a Dryden F-15B.

    Fly-By-Feel Systems Represent The Next Revolution In Aircraft Controls

    A “fly-by-feel” system could measure the aerodynamic forces directly on aircraft surfaces and use that information in a physics-based adaptive flight controls system to increase maneuverability, safety and fuel efficiency.

  • A software-development team prepares for a flight with a new research tool.

    The Art of Prediction

    Research and software being developed at Dryden could provide future aircraft designers with a better prediction tool that will accurately gauge how an aircraft would fly when a flight control surface is damaged and adaptive, or "intelligent," flight control software is used to compensate for the loss.

  • Dynamic Inertia Measurement Method, or DIMM, team members

    DIMM Is A Bright Idea

    Three Dryden researchers are studying the Dynamic Inertia Measurement Method, or DIMM. DIMM could augment ground-vibration tests with additional software and hardware to make mass properties measurements for large structures more accurate and efficient, less costly and safer.


  • SBIR Small Business Innovative Research

    Nine Dryden Small Business Innovative Research Projects Approved For Phase II

    Nine companies were selected to do Phase II Small Business Innovative Research work in areas of interest to Dryden. The following list looks at the concepts.

  • high-temperature fastener system

    Fasteners of the Future

    Hyper-Therm High Temperature Composites of Huntington Beach, Calif., has developed a low-cost ceramic composite mechanical fastener system that may become an enabling technology for the next generation of propulsion systems and hypersonic and space vehicles.

  • A test subject runs in a zero gravity simulator on Earth in the Exercise Countermeasures Laboratory at Glenn Research Center, Cleveland.

    SBIR Opportunities Help Tech Innovation

    Dave Mitchell of Hoh Aeronautics doesn't have to be sold on the value of participating in Small Business Innovative Research agreements.