ATO #101 - March 17, 2000
Thanks for you feedback on how we can increase attendance at ATO chats! Most people I heard from felt that the time of chats was an issue. Some suggested earlier times, some later in the day, and some suggested weekends. I will discuss these ideas with my management. Any more ideas? Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you! Susan Lee firstname.lastname@example.org QuestChats require pre-registration. Unless otherwise noted, registration is at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/ Tuesday March 21, 2000, 9-10 AM PST Aerospace Team Online Regimes of Flight Chat with Leslie Ringo Leslie Ringo is one of the engineers responsible for ensuring the Vertical Motion Simulator responds exactly as a real aircraft would in the air. Read her bio at http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/team/ringo.html - - - - - - - Tuesday, March 28, 2000, 10-11 AM PST Aerospace Team Online QuestChat with Mary Reveley Mary works with a propulsion systems analysis group to determine how aircraft and engine designs will perform. Read her bio at http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/team/reveley.html
Spring Break There will be no update next week. We'll be back March 31, 2000. - - - - - - - "Regimes of Flight" A New Regime, by Susan Ashby is now online! This is the story of Chuck Yeager's flight that broke the Sound Barrier! It will soon have movies and interactive vocabulary as well. For more information see http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/events/regimes/new.html - - - - - - - Design a New Aircraft CONTEST!!! Regimes of Flight Design a New Aircraft Contest, Grades 4-8 March 3 - April 14, 2000 Choose one regime of flight: low, medium, high, supersonic, or hypersonic. design an new aircraft for the regime you pick! For more information: go to http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/events/regimes/contest.html#design - - - - - - - Congratulations to the Regimes of Flight Mural Contest winners! You can see their work at http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/events/regimes/mural.html
[Editor's note: Leslie Ringo is responsible for making the Vertical Motion Simulator responds like a real air or space craft. http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/team/ringo.html ]
SPACE SHUTTLE SIMULATIONS
by Leslie Ringo
January 28, 2000 Our next simulation will be Feb 22- March 23, 2000. We run motion simulations every six months at the Ames Vertical Motion Simulator. Our research will be examining some engineering studies regarding roll out distances. This is regarding the distance down the runway the Space Shuttle requires when landing. We will study various landing scenarios with different winds. The major portion of every space shuttle simulation session is Astronaut training for the landing phase of a shuttle mission. This is for airspeeds less than Mach 1. Training at Ames' Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) is essential to the Astronaut crews since we can provide a very high fidelity simulation. This means most like the really landing. We can through in various failures (like a blown tire) to better train the Astronauts for failures during the landing. The VMS provides realistic training to Astronauts for the landing phase of a mission. As a part of a recent trip to Johnson Space Center, I was tasked to learn as much as possible about the entire Space Shuttle Orbiter. So, in addition to the landing phase that Ames is solely responsible, I have other tidbits of information.