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UPDATE #33 - September 18, 1998

PART 1: Upcoming Chats
PART 2: Project News
PART 3: Subscribing & Unsubscribing: How to do it


Thursday, October 1, 1998, 11 AM Pacific Time: Leslie Ringo, flight
simulation engineer
The Vertical Motion Simulator at NASA Ames is the world's largest motion
simulator. Leslie is one of the engineers responsible for ensuring this
simulator responds exactly as a real aircraft would in the air
Register for this chat at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting

The "Turning Goals Into Reality" conference will feature keynote
speakers and press opportunities with NASA Administrator Daniel S.
Goldin and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Jane F.
Garvey.  The day-long event also will include panel discussions by key
government and industry managers on global civil aviation,
revolutionary technology and access to space, with questions from the
audience.  http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/aero/conf98/

The following chats are scheduled in advance of this conference to give
the K-12 community and opportunity to participate and learn about NASA's
Aeronautics and Space Transportation Enterprise in advance of the
conference. Other events scheduled can be found at

Tuesday, October 6, 1998, 10 AM Pacific Time: Frank Quinto, facility
manager, Low-Turbulence Pressure Tunnel
When asked what he likes most about his career, Frank explains that he
enjoys being able to "work with tomorrow's planes today."
Read Frank's autobiography at
Register for this chat at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting

Tuesday, October 6, 1998, 11 AM Pacific Time: Craig Hange, aerospace
Craig is also involved in the Wright Flyer Test, in which a replica
of the Wright Brothers' airplane will be tested in the 80-by-120
Foot Wind Tunnel.
Read Craig Hange's autobiography prior to joining this chat.
Register for this chat at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting

Wednesday, October 7, 1998, 10 AM Pacific Time: Brent Nowlin, electrical
operations engineer
Brent works with a team in a turbine facility, where he is responsible
for ensuring all instrumentation and control systems function properly.
Read Brent's autobiography at
Register for this chat at


Wright Flyer Wind Tunnel Test Logo Contest

The Wright Flyer Wind Tunnel Test Team would like to have a logo design
that can be placed on test results, letterheads and possibly
promotional stickers. We would like your help in designing this logo.
Visit http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/wright/events/contest/index.html
the Wright Flyer Wind Tunnel Test Logo Contest page for more info. All
entries must be received no later than September 30, 1998. (By my calendar
that's coming up soon!!)

New Autobiographies:

We've been getting new team members faster that we can put up their
autobiographies! Have you been able to keep up? Have you already read
about Mark E. Kilkenny, Program Planning Specialist;
      Roxana Greenman, Aerospace Engineer; 
      Ken Schrock, Data Communications Engineer; 
      Linda Taylor, Electrical Engineer; 
      Brent Nowlin, Electrical Operations Engineer. 

Find these autobiographies at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/

Some teachers have children read the autobiographies and pretend to be the
expert to be interviewed by the class.  I'd love to see that myself!

Well if you are all caught up on reading the autobiographies you might
start on some of the new journals!!

Other News:

There have been some interesting Questions and Answers added to the
archive at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/question/
We'd love to answer more questions about the upcoming Wright Flyer Test.
We hear that students who receive email replies to their questions
are very happy. By the way no question is too simple. Some of the answered
questions in the archive are fairly technical but as Marc Siegel says: "A
question about WW II in Africa might not be related but when we got a
question about whether or not the moon was a boy or a girl during a
previous project, we considered it a related question and the
scientist wrote back a good answer (In case you are wondering, the moon is
not a boy or a girl. It is a rock.)"

There are new photos in the Wright Flyer photo section,
These show more pictures of the 1903 Wright Flyer Model mounted on the
sting.  The Sting is the big blue thing that's holding the plane up in the
air.  On this mount in the wind tunnel the plane's position can be
maneuvered so that they can check the amount of lift and drag at different
altitudes, attitudes and positions. Yesterday I went to the first NASA
Wright Flyer Test meeting in addition to the test engineer, Pete Zell, who
called the meeting and the research engineer, Craig Hange; there were
several instrumentation engineers. While this was only their first meeting
they could already begin to see some of the special challenges for this

One concern facing the instrumentation team is how the balance will
perform at extreme measurements of roll.  How the plane performs when it
is rolling is a big safety issue for the future pilots of this model.

Another potential issue is how much noise the electrical engine will
generate on the measurements of the sensors.  (This noise is similar to
the way the television picture might be affected by the blender being
turned on in the kitchen.  Does that happen to you?) Well we will have to
be careful to avoid a problem there, we want the best data we can get.
Everyone working on this test is very excited.  It's so unusual.

Well, I must get back to work on the Website. I look forward to seeing you
Online in the chat room or send me your comments.
Susan Lee


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