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For Release: Feb. 13, 1996
Release No. 96-004

NASA Langley Story Opportunities - February

Pilots Test "Synthetic Vision" With Windowless Landings. NASA has flight-tested a "synthetic vision" concept that promises to help make supersonic flight practical and affordable for the average air traveler close to the turn of the century. The test in which pilots conducted windowless landings - were flown on a NASA 737 research aircraft over a three-month period ending in January. The flights were part of the agency's High-Speed Research Program to develop technologies for an aircraft would carry 300 passengers at speeds up to 1,400 mph. The idea is to eliminate forward windows, making way for large-format displays filled with high-resolution images and computer graphics. Interviews, photos and b-roll video are available.
Public Affairs contact: Keith Henry (757) 864-6120

Jet Engines: A Source Of Air Pollution? Every day, thousands of jet aircraft fly through the Earth's atmosphere. Scientists, however, are still uncertain how much pollution these jets put into the atmosphere. As part of NASA's Atmospheric Effects of Aviation Project (AEAP) , researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center are measuring emissions from the engines of two NASA research jets - a Boeing 737 and a Boeing 757. Interviews, photos and b-roll video are available.
Public Affairs Contact: Catherine E. Watson (757) 864-6122

Microelectronics For 'Faster, Better, Cheaper' Science Missions: Dr. Carl A. Kukkonen, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Center for Space Microelectronics Technology, will present an overview of JPL's research and development programs in microelectronics and microinstruments and describe their application in the space and earth sciences. The colloquium will take place at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, Hampton, Va. Microsensors, microinstruments and advanced microelectronics are key technologies for the faster, better, cheaper science missions envisioned by NASA for the 21st century. Interviews available.
Public Affairs Contact: Catherine E. Watson (757) 864-6122

Growing Better Semiconductors In Space: NASA Langley researchers, in conjunction with students at Longwood College, Farmville, Va., will fly an experiment aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-75) to determine the effects of three different Space Shuttle orientations on the growth of lead tin telluride crystals. The quality of electronic and electro-optical devices made from this material are strongly influenced by the uniformity of the final product. The STS-75 experiment will attempt to establish and maintain this uniformity during crystal growth in the microgravity environment of space. Large, uniform crystals of lead tin telluride cannot be grown on Earth. Phone interviews are available.
Public Affairs Contact: Catherine E. Watson (757) 864-6122

NASA Langley Research Reports On World Wide Web: More than 600 technical reports covering the last ten years of NASA Langley research are available on-line via the World Wide Web. NASA Langley Technical Reports Server.
NASA Langley Contact: Mary K. McCaskill (757) 864-2504


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