UPDATE #54 - March 5, 1999
* * * * SPECIAL EVENT * * * * Wright Flyer Online Presents: Live from the Wright Flyer Wind Tunnel Test March 9, 10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific (1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern) See the sights of the AIAA 1903 Wright Flyer Model in the wind tunnel! Join the chat about what kind of data is being obtained -- What have the engineers learned from the preliminary results? Video on the National Full Scale Aeronautics Facility at Ames Research Center Meet Craig Hange, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center. Craig will be taking questions in the Chat Room on day of the event. To Attend: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ltc/adto/wfo2.html - - - - - - - QuestChats require pre-registration. Unless otherwise noted, registration is at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting Wednesday, March 10, 1999, 10 AM Pacific Time: Steve Bauman, mechanical engineer Currently, Steve is trying to figure out how to prevent models mounted in the 8x6 wind tunnel at John Glenn Research Center (formerly Lewis Research Center) from bouncing around during a test. He is also helping to design and build a new facility that will test jet engine combustors, which is a part where fuel is squirted in and ignited. Read Steve Bauman's profile prior to joining this chat. http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/bauman.html Thursday, March 11, 1999, 10 AM Pacific Time: Fred Culick, project engineer Fred Culick teaches aerodynamics at CalTech and has assisted with testing of the Wright Flyer. He has tested an 8 percent scale model of the Wright Flyer in a wind tunnel at CalTech. Read Fred Culick's profile prior to joining this chat. http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/wright/team/culick.html
AIAA 1903 Wright Flyer Wind Tunnel Test at the National Full-scale Aeronautics Complex at NASA Ames Research Center begins March 1, 1999 Read the daily log from Test Manager Pete Zell. http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/wright/news/testlog.html See beautiful daily photos taken by Liza Coe at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/wright/news/testlog.html - - - - - - - March Creative Writing Contest Welcome all entrants grades K-12! Think about what the 1903 Wright Flyer Model feels like! A bit of anthropromorphizing just for fun! For details go to http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/wright/events/contest/writing.html - - - - - - - Teacher Forum on Wind Tunnel Data Lessons We have set up a forum for teachers with questions about the Wind Tunnel Data Lessons, http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/wright/teachers/. This is similar to a bulletin board. You can post questions and we'll get back to you by posting the answers. Check this link at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/chat/prj_adto/forum/main/chat.cgi - - - - - - - Wind Tunnel Data Lesson Plans Prepare to interact with the Data from the AIAA 1903 Wright Flyer wind tunnel test using these lesson plans. Know all the Angles - for Grades 4-8 (Elementary) PDF Version Getting the Wright Pitch - for Grades 6-8 (Middle School) Getting the Wright Pitch PDF Version Watch Your Attitude - for Grades 6-8 (Middle School) Up, Up and Away - for Grades 9-12 (High School) PDF Version Some of these lesson plans are in Portable Document Format (PDF). They contain text formatting and are suitable for printing. To view and/or print these files, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. This software is free and easily available on the Web. Visit Adobe's website to download Adobe Acrobat Reader. Once you have installed Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, you simply need to double-click on the file you wish to view and Adobe Acrobat Reader will automatically open up for you to view the file. When you are viewing the PDF file in Acrobat Reader you can easily print the file by using the pull down menus: File, Print...
[Editor's Note: This week has gone by quickly! In other words, you get a journal from your friendly Wright Flyer Online Manager Susan Lee to read. ]
Lots of excitement, Lots of calm!
by Susan Lee
March 5, 1999 This week began with a flurry of excitement. Members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics began to arrive. The final instrumentation was installed and then calibrated. The model was installed on the balance. The balance was check loaded one more time and the roll stop was set. To get all that done the engineers and technicians had to be calm and efficient. The wind tunnel crew is very experienced, and their to do list disappeared rapidly. The two computer systems even began to talk to one another. Now they are waiting to collect the data. Wednesday, March 3 was "Media Day". That meant the press was invited and to see the flyer and to take pictures and interview the engineers. All the preparation was very exciting. But getting up for the early morning television interviews left people tired by the end of the day. I think most people would have rather finished preparing for the test but it's important to share the excitement of the 1903 Wright Flyer test with the public. After all the cameras, microwave relays, reporters and NASA TV folks left, it was back to business. Friday was quiet because most of the techs work a compressed work week. I walked up to the test area after four days of steady commotion and there was no one there. It's all calm and quiet until next week.
[Editor's Note: Ray Oyung is the Research Coordinator for the Fatigue Countermeasures Program. He wrote before about testing the astronauts. Read his bio at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/ray.html ]
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
by Ray Oyung
February 26, 1999 We're entering the year of the Rabbit, and a co-worker the other day gave me a description for the animals in the lunar calendar. The Rabbit is apparently the most fortunate of the bunch. Characteristics include being a smooth talker and ambitious. Any Rabbits out there (1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, and 1999)? In addition to the work at NASA, I'm also a member of Kei Lun Martial Arts, and the San Francisco Wooshoo Team. Since the early weeks of February, our team has been performing lion dance and martial arts exhibitions all over the Bay Area for Chinese New Year. I think we've completed our 24th show of the season and some of the places we have been include several elementary schools, universities, senior citizen centers, Caesar's Tahoe, Grace Cathedral, San Jose Center for Performing Arts, and San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. Lion dancing is one of those things you might have seen on TV or in a parade during this time of year with the lion dancing to the beat of drums and symbols. The lion symbolizes good luck and good fortune for the rest of the year and is actually a mythical creature (these lions have a horn on top of the head). There are different objects on these creatures that bring good luck and ward off evil spirits including a mirror on the forehead, and chinese green onions on top of the head. You can also tell the age of the lion by the color of the hair. Our lion is quite young, but if you see one with white hair, you'll know its pretty old. Also, these lions are friendly and stay on a strictly vegetarian diet, so not to worry. . .they wont gobble up kids for dinner! Although it takes up quite a bit of time, there are many reasons why I doit. For one, it's fun seeing the faces of people young and not so young enjoying our performances while clapping their hands to the music and having a good time. A bigger reason is more on the cultural side. It serves as a reminder of my heritage and provides a mechanism to help me appreciate who I am and where I came from. Gung Hay Fot Choy!
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