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RELEASE : 05-001


NASA Langley Sponsors Industry Day Jan. 11
NASA Langley Research Center is inviting local and national aerospace companies to discuss technology opportunities for NASA's Exploration Systems Program. NASA Langley's Industry Day will take place at the Radisson Hotel in Hampton on Jan. 11. As part of its Exploration Vision, NASA is planning to take humans back to the Moon and eventually to Mars and beyond. The Vision calls for a "building block" strategy of human and robotic missions. Technology managers from NASA Langley will talk about needs of the program; exhibits include modeling and simulation, planetary landing systems, robotics, structures and materials and systems engineering. Staff will be available for one-on-one discussions about opportunities for interested companies.

For more information, visit the Industry Day website at:

or contact Chris Rink at 757-864-6786 or

Multi-Year Small Aircraft Project to Climax in Spring
NASA and its partners are preparing to unveil technologies and operating capabilities that could make air travel more accessible to more people, by allowing a new generation of small aircraft to fly safely and reliably into neighborhood airports. Engineers across the country are doing research as part of the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) project. They will showcase their efforts in a three-day flight demonstration called SATS 2005: A Transformation in Air Travel June 5-7 at Danville Regional Airport in Danville, Va.
For information, contact Kathy Barnstorff at 757-864-9886 or

NASA Langley's CALIPSO Satellite Readies for Launch
In March, NASA Langley's CALIPSO satellite (Cloud Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation) will travel from France to Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif., to prepare for a May launch. CALIPSO is expected to give the international science community a better understanding of clouds and atmospheric aerosols that influence Earth's climate. As a part of the NASA Earth System Science Pathfinder program, CALIPSO is a collaborative effort with the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES). CALIPSO instruments were built by and completed a successful series of ground tests at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. CALIPSO was then shipped to the Alcatel Space facility in Cannes, France, where the U.S. and French payload was integrated into a Proteus spacecraft platform.
For more information, contact Chris Rink at 757-864-6786 or

Your Next Flight Could Help Develop Weather Sensor
NASA is working to bring better weather information to pilots and forecasters with the help of airborne sensors installed on a fleet of commuter airliners. A team, led by researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., has designed, built and is equipping dozens of Mesaba Airlines aircraft with the Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Report (TAMDAR) instrument. The TAMDAR sensor allows aircraft flying at altitudes below 25,000 feet to automatically sense and report atmospheric conditions. The goal of the six-month experiment is to provide a lightweight, affordable sensor that will allow pilots to make better weather decisions in flight.
For information, contact Kathy Barnstorff at 757-864-9886 or

Return-to-Flight Mission to Service Langley Station Experiment
When the Shuttle returns to space this spring, it will carry aloft a new generation of an experiment that has been affixed to the exterior of the International Space Station since August 2001. MISSE, the Materials International Space Station Experiment, subjects a wide variety of membranes, micro switches, coatings, insulators and other materials to the harsh environment of space. Evaluation of these materials is critical to the design of the next generation of space vehicles. Two passive experiment containers (PECs) hold more than 800 different materials. During a spacewalk astronauts will open the PECs and attach them to the exterior of the International Space Station. At the same time, they will retrieve the PECs already in place. When the Shuttle returns to Earth, the first-generation PECs will be flown to NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., for evaluation and study.
For more information, contact Keith Henry at 757-864-6120 or

NASA Langley Presentations at Meteorological Meeting Jan. 9-13
A number of researchers from Langley Research Center will participate in the 85th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting Jan. 9-13. Langley research results will include one describing movement of pollution across North America. Ozone and aerosol measurements were made using lidar, a method of looking at a cross section of the atmosphere to reveal its layered composition. Another Langley scientist looks at the year-to-year variability of Earth's "surface radiation budget," or the balance between incoming energy from the sun and outgoing energy from Earth's surface into space. Other research looks at making the most of Earth system science data, even focusing on making NASA satellite data accessible to teachers and students.

For more info, visit the AMS web site at:

or contact Katie Lorentz at 757-864-4052 or

Reporters are invited to preview talks at afternoon presentations to employees at NASA Langley. The public is invited to evening talks at the Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton.
For information, call Kimberly W. Land at 757/864-9885 or email


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