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J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington

July 11, 2007
RELEASE : 07-151
NASA Announces Aeronautics Research Opportunities
WASHINGTON - NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate has amended its NASA Research Announcement to solicit additional research proposals. The "Research Opportunities in Aeronautics 2007" announcement solicits research in several new topic areas for the Integrated Vehicle Health Management Project, and in entry, descent and landing research, which is a combined effort by the Hypersonics and Supersonics Projects.

The goal of the Integrated Vehicle Health Management Project is to conduct research to advance the state of highly integrated and complex flight-critical health management technologies and systems. A key enabling technology will be the ability to discover the precursors of a system or component failure. Researchers seek to understand not only what happens when an anomalous event or trend is identified, but also why that event occurred and the confluence of factors that may have influenced it. To this end, the additional topics in the amended announcement focus on data mining and information analysis.

A goal of the Fundamental Aeronautics Program is to develop technologies required to build future high mass Mars entry systems that will enable large missions for the exploration of Mars and other planets. These missions will require significant improvements in our entry, descent, and landing capabilities. Addressing this problem requires advances in computational tools and capabilities, advances in modeling ofpertinent physical phenomena, improvements in our capability to acquire relevant experimental data, and the development of new architectures, concepts and technologies.

Specific evaluation criteria, deadlines and points of contact for these research topics and other project areas are available in the announcement at:

For more information about NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, visit:


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