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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE
UAS Flight Test Completed
October 29, 2015

On October 13, 2015, the Aerospace Simulation Branch (SimLabs) completed its final flight test in support of the NASA Phase II Seedling project evaluating the capability of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to insert its own-state (position and velocity) information into the NextGen data system via its ground control station (GCS). For this flight test, a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. MQ-9 Reaper was controlled from the GA-ASI test facility in Grey Butte, California and data was routed to the Harris/Exelis NextGen data system via a connection through the GA-ASI Poway (CA) facility and the NASA Ames SimLabs laboratory. Test aircraft state data was recorded on board the test aircraft, at the live-virtual-constructive (LVC) Gateway running at Poway, at another LVC Gateway operating at SimLabs, and at the Exelis NextGen facility. Exelis recorded state information reported to the NextGen system by the Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment on-board the aircraft. Analysis of the data collected will provide NASA researchers with a better understanding of the latency and positional accuracy differences between the two data sources and paths, and ultimately the feasibility of using a UAS GCS as an alternate NextGen data source when ADS-B Out is not available. (POC: Jim Murphy)



NASA participates in Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Conference 2015
October 29, 2015

Photo of the audience at the Women in STEM panel.
Audience for the "Women in STEM" NASA panel

NASA participated in the 2015 Society of Women Engineers conference which took place in Nashville, Tennessee, October 21-23, 2015. In addition to hosting a NASA career fair booth for job-seekers, NASA hosted a panel entitled, "Women in STEM: Their Importance to NASA and Future Exploration." The panel, moderated by NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator Lesa Roe, featured women from five NASA Centers: Karin Bozak (Glenn Research Center), Dr. Ruth Jones (Marshall Space Flight Center), Dr. Felicia Jones-Selden (Goddard Space Flight Center), Heather Maliska (Armstrong Flight Research Center) and Kathy Lee (Ames Research Center). The panelists discussed their career paths which led to NASA, talked about what they look for in potential hires, and shared advice on work-life balance with the audience, which consisted of approximately 40 mostly early-career, recent graduates, or collegiate SWE members. (POC: Kathy Lee)

Photo of the NASA booth at the Society of Women Engineers conference in October 2015
NASA’s booth at the SWE Career Fair



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