AEROSPACE TEAM ONLINE
ATO #116 - August 22, 2000
UPCOMING CHATS Beat the Heat: Thermal Protection Chats! We will be chatting and with researchers from the Space Technology Division at NASA Ames Research Center. I think you will find this fascinating and a worthwhile topic. This will introduce you to the topic of materials for thermal protection and the use of computer models for predicting the heat generated by vehicles entering different planetary atmospheres. This is a very important topic for those of you who plan to travel in space in the near future. Tuesday, August 22, 2000, 10-11 AM Pacific Aerospace Team Online QuestChat with Susan Fehres Susan Fehres works with spacecraft insulation. She develops materials that protect astronauts and equipment from extreme heat and cold experienced by spacecraft during spaceflight and entry into Earth's atmosphere. Read her bio at http://quest.nasa.gov/women/bios/sf.html
Exploring the Extreme The F-15 ACTIVE, an aircraft used by NASA to explore the extreme limits of aerospace technology, is featured in this NASA Educational poster. The poster also contains activities for measuring the angles of wings and tails of different aircraft. Download the PDF at: http://spacelink.nasa.gov/Instructional.Materials/Curriculum.Support/ Physical.Science/Aeronautics.and.Aerospace/Exploring.the.Extreme/.index.html NEW PROJECTS FOR FALL Virtual Skies is an air traffic management project for students and teachers in Grades 9-12. It will be a "project based learning activity" with hands on multimedia to enhance student decision making and problem solving skills. Topics to be covered include Aviation Navigation, Aviation Weather, Communication Air Traffic Management, Airport Design, and Air Traffic Research. Materials will be tied to the National Standards in Mathematics, Science, Technology, Geography and Language Arts. Stay tuned for more news as we crank up over the summer! Planetary Flight is an aerospace project for Grades 4-8. We know how to fly on Earth but what will it take to fly on Mars. This will be an inquiry based learning project to design an airplane to fly on Mars. The stuff dreams are made of!! We will also be keeping you posted on this one this summer.
[Editor's Note: Susan Fehres is an engineer in the Thermal Protection Materials Branch Read her bio at http://quest.nasa.gov/women/bios/sf.html ] THE ROLE A OF RESEARCH ENGINEERby Susan Feheres My job title is research engineer. I am a mechanical engineer. Engineers are people who apply science (and math, which is a tool of science) to solve people's physical or medical problems. I work on spacecraft insulation - developing materials to protect astronauts and equipment from the extreme heat and cold experienced by spacecraft during spaceflight and return to the planet Earth. This work involves analyzing how our insulation materials function under new conditions, and improving existing insulation strategies with new configurations or new inventions. In my field each day is different from the next. It is great to be part of of the future-oriented mission of space exploration, even though one person can only contribute her one small piece to the whole project.