Michael Finneran
Media Invited to NASA Langley 'VIP Day' and Facility Tour
HAMPTON, Va. -- News media are invited to cover a NASA Langley Research Center "VIP Day" on Sept. 20 for industry partners, economic development managers and elected officials.

The invitation-only event is in celebration of NASA Langley's 95th Anniversary. It includes a welcome and luncheon with center management, a unique large-scale technology demonstration and informational tours and discussions.

The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. VIP Day includes a networking reception from 5 to 7 p.m. hosted by the city of Hampton at the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton.

About 100 invitees have indicated they plan to participate, including representatives of the Air Force, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, General Dynamics, Sierra Nevada Corp. and the city of Hampton.

"As we launch a new era of exploration, NASA Langley has 95 years of accomplishments on which to build," said Lesa Roe, director of Langley. "Just about anything that takes off, flies, and lands has been touched in some way by our research and novel technical solutions."

On the agenda is a tour of the clean room where an Earth-observing instrument called SAGE III-ISS is being prepared for a 2014 flight to the International Space Station (ISS). Guests will also see the 14x22 subsonic wind tunnel and a space structures laboratory, and discuss scientific and technical challenges and solutions with Langley researchers.

"These achievements are not just ours," Roe added. "NASA Langley continually collaborates with our diverse network of partners ranging from small start-up firms and academia to large corporations and other government agencies. We believe the future can begin here with collaborative solutions. VIP Day will provide us both with an opportunity to explore these challenges and how we might work together to solve them."

Also on the agenda is a test of an Orion crew capsule test article, which will be vertically dropped into Langley's Hydro Impact Basin to simulate an ocean splashdown. Orion is part of NASA's development of a next-generation space transportation system to explore beyond Earth orbit.

The agenda:

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. -- 14 x 22 Subsonic Tunnel
1:40 - 2:10 p.m. -- Advanced Manufacturing
2:20 - 2:50 p.m. -- SAGE III-ISS
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. -- Applied Sciences
3:40 - 3:50 p.m. -- Landing & Impact Research Facility for Orion drop test

Numerous technologies also will be on display in Langley's Reid Conference Center.

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