AEROSPACE TEAM ONLINEATO #121 - October 30, 2000
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Jim McClenahen is an air traffic control analyst in the Future Flight
Central Facility. He is very familiar with air traffic management.
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Andy Hahn is a conceptual airplane designer. He has worked on some conceptual
designs for planetary planes.
-Wednesday, November 29, 2000, 10 AM Pacific
Peter Gage is a design engineer. He has worked on the design of some
Mars entry vehicles.
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WORTH WAITING FOR
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.
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!!
FUTURE FLIGHT CENTRAL SIMULATES AIRPORTS
Future Flight Central is a facility, which simulates airport control towers. Housed in a two-story building at NASA Ames Research Center, it is the world's only walk-in, full-scale, 360-degree simulator.
The simulator can be used to simulate the air traffic control tower of an airport. By using it to simulate design changes before they are built. Air traffic controllers can test the new design simulation and give feedback to the designers saving costly design mistakes. The simulator will also measure the efficiency of air traffic management to improve the delays caused by the increased number of users.
The simulator can hold up to twelve air traffic controllers. Instead of looking out the windows you look at window-sized video projections of computer animations. The simulator can give both day and night views and even simulate fog and snow. Each controller position has a console showing radar, weather maps, runway lights, and touch control screens.
The simulation can show either the control tower's point of view or the pilot's point of view and allows for voice and data communications from ground to tower and from the tower to the air. For more information go to http://ffc.arc.nasa.gov