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Release No. 96-069

NASA Langley Story Opportunities - July

"Highways In The Sky" Ready for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Specially equipped helicopters will be used in Atlanta to transport high-value commercial goods and provide essential public safety services during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. NASA, the FAA and industry partners have provided the technology for a revolutionary new system to be used during the Olympics to move air traffic efficiently and safely in uncontrolled airspace over predetermined "highways in the sky." The program, known as Operation Heli-Star, uses flight systems developed by the (AGATE) (Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments) consortium to provide pilots with accurate, easy-to-interpret, real-time graphics showing the relative positions of other aircraft, weather and color-coded Olympic venues. Interviews, photos and video are available.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Keith Henry (757) 864-6124
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Kathleen Bergen (404) 305-5100

NASA Langley's Contributions to the X-33 Program. NASA Langley is helping develop America's next generation space vehicle. NASA Langley assisted the three aerospace companies that bid to build the X-33 prototype with research on cryogenic propellant tanks, composite structures, metallic and composite thermal protection systems, and vehicle systems analysis, as well as aerodynamic testing and analysis and flight control technology development. Interviews, photos and video are available.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Ann Gaudreaux (757) 864-8150

Studying Air Pollution Off the U.S. East Coast. From July 10-31, atmospheric scientists will use aircraft to study air pollution coming off the east coast of the United States. The scientists will measure small particles in the atmosphere, called aerosols, that are produced by the burning of fossil fuels such as gasoline. The research flights will originate from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. Interviews and photo opportunities are available.
NASA LANGLEY PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Catherine E. Watson (757) 864-6122

20th Anniversary of Viking Landing on Mars. On July 20, 1976, the first Viking lander touched down onto the surface of Mars. The flight to Mars, and subsequent perfect entry and landing sequence, were the culmination of nearly a decade of work by NASA employees and contractors. NASA Langley managed Project Viking from 1968-1978. Interviews, photos and video are available.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Catherine E. Watson (757) 864-6122

Exploring the Red Planet. A Mars Symposium entitled "Mars Revisited: A Forward Look," will be held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, July 18-19. The symposium is hosted by NASA, the Planetary Society and the Lockheed Martin Corp. Dr. Mike Carr, former Viking Orbiter Imaging Team Leader, will summarize the present knowledge of Mars and discuss future exploration missions, including the upcoming Pathfinder and Discovery missions.
MARS SYMPOSIUM CONTACT: Judy Cole (757) 865-7604/8721 (fax);
NASA PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Catherine E. Watson (757) 864-6122

Testing High Temperature Superconductors in Space. Since the discovery of high temperature superconductor (HTS) materials in 1986, there has been no data to support their use in space. In spacecraft, HTS could reduce power and thermal requirements, reducing the size of the spacecraft. The Materials In Devices As Superconductors (MIDAS) experiment will evaluate the electrical properties of multiple HTS specimens while aboard the Russian space station Mir. MIDAS will be taken to Mir aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-79) in August. For approximately 90 days, MIDAS will test HTS samples from NASA Langley, the Moscow Institute of Electronic Equipment (MIEE), and the Eaton Corp. for comparison to data obtained during a ground-based experiment. Interviews and photos are available.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Catherine E. Watson (757) 864-6122

Understanding the Effects of Crew Motions in Space. The Enhanced Dynamic Load Sensors EDLS-Mir experiment is measuring how the movements of crew members aboard the Russian space station Mir affect the microgravity environment of the station. Everyday activities, such as opening and closing a locker door or moving from one work station to another, cause vibrations on the space station that can affect some of the more sensitive microgravity experiments. Interviews, illustration and video are available.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Catherine E. Watson (757) 864-6122

"Power for the Future" At Oshkosh. NASA will participate in the annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Fly-In Convention and Sport Aviation Exhibition Aug. 1-7 at Oshkosh, Wisc. The theme for the NASA exhibits is “Power for the Future,” highlighting how NASA aeronautics is paving the way for aircraft and aviation systems of tomorrow. Two new government-industry initiatives - the General Aviation Propulsion (GAP) program and Operation Heli-Star (taking place at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta) - will be discussed at a news conference on Aug. 3. Interviews available.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Keith Henry (757) 864-6124


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