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Centennial of Flight:
Rediscovering the Challenges of Flight:

Research Methods: The Wright Brothers and NASA today

October Event Page

Contents of this page:

the wright brothers glider and the shuttle lauching

with permission from Nick Engler



Research Methods: The Wright Brothers and NASA today:
This October, 2002 event looked at how the Wright brothers used scientific research methods, a wind tunnel and flight testing, to achieve their goals of manned and powered flight. NASA today also uses wind tunnels, and flight test, but we have new methods too like computer tools and simulators. NASA's goals are different too. Learn about the changes in time, money and safety of the research methods used by the Wright Brothers versus current methods.


To find out the answers to these and many other questions, tune into the Centennial of Flight Web event activities and resources!

Attend webcasts. Chat with the Wright Brothers themselves. Share your experiences of flight in an online forum. Explore NASA resources using the Subject Sampler.

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Before the Web events

If you’ve never participated in a webcast or chat, review

During this Web event, you will learn about the Wright Brothers, NASA and how they have designed airplanes. You will actually get to interact with the Wright Brothers and NASA experts by posting your questions in the chat room!

Your goal is to identify problems the Wright Brothers faced and that NASA faces in designing an airplane and solutions to these problems.

Before participating in the online events, please review the bio(s) of the person(s) you will be talking to so that you can ask good questions and so that you don’t ask them any questions that they’ve already answered.

Research Methods: The Wright Brothers and NASA today:

View the Archives.

  1. The chat with Sylvia Johnson:

  2. The chat with Imelda Terrazas-Salinas:

  3. For the chat with Nick Engler:

  4. For the Wright brothers chat:

  5. For the Webcast from the VMS:


  6. The chat with Fanny Zuniga:


To participate in a webcast, chat or forum, click the "join" links below. If you can't attend the live event, post your questions ahead of time, and come back later to check the archive.



Research Methods: The Wright Brothers and NASA today: October Events


Date Time Activity Type Grade Level Description

Monday, 10/15/01

9:00-10:00 PDT
11:00-12:00 CDT
12:00-1:00 EDT
Chat K-12

Dr. Sylvia M. Johnson, will chat about how new thermal protection materials are changing aerospace designs. Read the archive.

Monday, 10/15/01

11:00-12:00 PDT
1:00-2:00 CDT
2:00-3:00 EDT
Chat K-12

Imelda Terrazas-Salinas will chat in Spanish and English. Imelda manages the arc jet which is a facility for testing thermal protection materials. Read the archive.

Tuesday, 10/16/01

10:00-11:00 PDT
12:00-1:00 CDT
1:00-2:00 EDT
Chat K-12

Nick Engler will compare and contrast the time cost and safety of flight testing used by the Wright Brothers versus current methods. Read the archive.


12:00-1:00 PM PDT
2:00-3:00 CDT
3:00-4:00 EDT

Chat K-12

Chat with the Orville and Wilbur Wright about the process they used to design airplanes. Read the archive.


11:00-12:00 PDT
1:00-2:00 CDT
2:00-3:00 EDT


Webcast K-12

A webcast from the Vertical Motion Simulator, at NASA Ames Research Center where Astronaut pilot Kenneth Ham will be flying new concepts for a reentry space vehicle and testing out the rapid design process. View the archive.


10:00-11:00 PST
12:00-1:00 CST
1:00-2:00 EST
Chat K-12

Chat with Fanny Zuniga, researcher. She will take questions in English and in Spanish. Cancelled due to work conflict


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