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Vertical Motion Simulator Display at the Space Shuttle Endeavour Fly-Over Event
October 3, 2012

Photo of VMS booth at the Endeavour Flyover event with Bo Bobko and visitors
The VMS booth at the Shuttle Endeavour Flyover event with retired astronaut, Bo Bobko.

The Aerospace Simulation Research and Development Branch (SimLabs) recently hosted a Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) display and information booth at the Space Shuttle Endeavour Fly-Over event at NASA Ames Research Center/Moffett Field on September 21, 2012. Thousands of visitors viewed the VMS booth, which was equipped with a 3D scale model of the VMS, several monitors playing VMS-related videos, and a shuttle model, all illustrating the key role that the VMS played in shuttle pilot training during the 30+ years of the Space Shuttle Program. SimLabs' very own astronaut, Col. (retired) Karol “Bo” Bobko, now an SAIC program manager, was on hand to answer visitor questions about human space flight. Over 25 SimLabs volunteers staffed the booth during the event. (POC: Lisa Grant)

Photo of the VMS booth at the Endeavour flyover event.
The VMS booth at the Shuttle Endeavour Flyover event at NASA Ames Research Center.

Photo of visitors at the VMS booth at the Endeavour flyover event.
Visitors of the VMS booth

 

Cargo Airships for Northern Operations Workshop
October 3, 2012

Photo of a visitor looking at the booth's posters.
A visitor of the SimLabs booth at the 2nd Cargo Airships for Northern Operations Workshop 2012

On August 22–23, 2012, NASA Ames Research Center and the State of Alaska, along with the Canadian airship association “ISO Polar” co-sponsored the “2nd Cargo Airships for Northern Operations Workshop” at the University of Alaska, Anchorage campus. This workshop was a follow on to the successful 2011 workshop, which was co-sponsored by NASA Ames and the State of Alaska. The 2012 workshop addressed the principal operational considerations and requirements of heavy-lift cargo airships in Alaska and other Northern regions. The workshop brought together international experts on airship design and operation.

The workshop was opened by Dr. Simon P. (Pete) Worden, NASA Ames Research Center Director, who described Ames' long history of conducting airship design and operational assessments. Presentations by Ames engineers included topics such as critical design elements and risk factors for large airship design as well as modeling, simulation, and system analysis. The keynote speaker was Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell, who stressed Alaska's enthusiasm and need for airship technology and Alaska’s record of promoting, developing, and adopting new technology. Other speakers included executives from the mining, oil, and gas industries, Alaskan air freight firms, airships developers and the finance industry. The workshop included an exhibit area with booths by SimLabs that highlighted Ames' and industry expertise in the discipline. The workshop enabled airship developers, airship funding organizations, and potential cargo airship users to discuss possible collaborations and prospects for conducting commercial cargo airship operations in Alaska. (POC: Bimal Aponso)

Photo of entire booth
The SimLabs booth at the 2nd Cargo Airships for Northern Operations Workshop 2012

 

Dr. Banavar Sridhar presents at the 28th Congress of the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences in Brisbane, Australia
October 3, 2012

From September 23-28, 2012, NASA Ames' Senior Scientist for Air Transportation Systems, Dr. Banavar Sridhar, attended the 2012 meeting of the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) in Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Sridhar presented a paper entitled “Uncertainty Quantification in the Development of Aviation Operations to Reduce Aviation Emissions and Contrails.” Dr. Sridhar also chaired a session on air traffic management together with Mr. Greg McDonald of Airservices Australia. During the Congress, Dr. Sridhar held discussions with Dr. Dirk Kugler and Dr. Volker Gollnick, directors of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Braunschweig and Hamburg, respectively. The discussions focused on the recently completed formal agreements between NASA/DLR to collaborate on Air Traffic Management research. Dr. Sridhar and two NASA Langley colleagues, Mr. Brian Baxley and Dr. William Kimmel, also met with Greg McDonald to explore possible collaboration with Airservices Australia. (POC: Banavar Sridhar)


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