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2011 American Astronautical Society Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium--Thomas Irvine, NASA

2011 American Astronautical Society Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium--Thomas Irvine, NASA

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  • CAST Image Notes : A recent Terrain Avoidance Warning System (TAWS) study, shown above, depicting undesired terrain alerts on arrival to Oakland airport’s runway 11, and related safety solutions being adopted by CAST, exemplify a breakthrough in proactive safety capability. Source: http://www.cast-safety.org/pdf/cast_2008_collier_nomination_01-30-09.pdf ADS-B : Received permission from artist to use. Source: http://www.aopa.org/whatsnew/newsitems/2007/070830ads-b.html

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  • 1. NASA: More Than You Imagine National Aeronautics and Space Administration www.nasa.gov 49 th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium March 30, 2011 Thomas Irvine Deputy Associate Administrator NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
  • 2. Who We Are
  • 3. Our People NASA TV Video (play from desktop)
  • 4. Where We Do Our Work
  • 5. NASA Headquarters and Centers DRYDEN LANGLEY AMES GLENN
  • 6. NASA Aeronautics Research What We Do
  • 7. NASA Aeronautics Programs
  • 8. Highlights The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology Fighter Risk Reduction Program (ACAT/FRRP) team, which includes NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, won an Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine Laureate Award for its successful development and flight test of an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System. 2008 Collier Trophy Winner: The Commercial Aviation Safety Team 
For achieving an unprecedented safety level in U.S. commercial airline operations by reducing risk of a fatal airline accident by 83 percent, resulting in two consecutive years of no commercial scheduled airline fatalities. 2007 Collier Trophy Winner: The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Team of Public and Private Sector Groups 
For conceptualizing, developing, and initially implementing the next generation performance-based air-ground, ground-air, and air-air surveillance system.
      • UH-60A Airloads Tests of blade pressures, loads, deformations, rotor performance and rotor wake visualizations were successfully completed May 2010 in collaboration with the Army in the NFAC 40x80ft wind tunnel. The UH-60 wind tunnel team has won the American Helicopter Society's Grover E. Bell Award for "encouraging research and experimentation in helicopter development."
  • 9. Why NASA Aeronautics Research?
  • 10. Aviation’s Economic Impact in the U.S.
    • The aviation industry is vital to the nation’s economic well-being
      • Aviation directly or indirectly provides 997,000 Americans with jobs
      • In 2006, aviation manufacturing and services accounted for $445B in direct and indirect economic activity
      • In the U.S., more than 60 certified domestic carriers operate every day
        • They operate more than 6500 aircraft
        • They service almost a million travelers daily on 28,000 flights
        • In 2008, they had an annual operating revenue for commercial flights of $168B
      • In 2008, aviation provided the nation with a trade surplus of $57.4B
      • Sources: The International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
      • U.S. DOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics Research and Innovative Technology Administration
      • “ The Economic Impact of Civil Aviation on the U.S. Economy”, October 2008, FAA Air Traffic Organization
  • 11. World/FACET video
  • 12. Impacts of Aviation Challenges Fuel Costs Environment Concern Air Traffic Congestion Development Costs -In 2008, U.S. major commercial carriers burned 19.6B gallons of jet fuel, and DoD burned 4.6B gallons. At an average price of $3.00/gallon, fuel cost was $73B -FAA’s attempt to reconfigure New York airspace resulted in 14 lawsuits due to noise complaints -Since 1980 FAA has invested over $5B in airport noise abatement programs in homes -Airline delays in the U.S. cost industry and passengers $32.9B in 2007
      • -The high cost of certification for new or upgraded aviation systems is prohibitive
  • 13. DECADES OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO COMMERCIAL AVIATION + GLASS COCKPIT + DIGITAL FLY-BY-WIRE + AREA RULE + COMPOSITE STRUCTURES + WINGLETS + ICING DETECTION + SUPERCRITICAL AIRFOIL + JET ENGINE COMBUSTORS + ENGINE NOZZLE CHEVRONS + DAMAGE-TOLERANT FAN CASING + LIGHTNING PROTECTION STANDARDS + AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT + NASA STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS (NASTRAN) + COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS (CFD) + AIRBORNE WIND SHEAR DETECTION + RUNWAY GROOVES + TURBO AE + WIND TUNNELS NASA Aeronautics Research Onboard
  • 14. + DIGITAL FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM + COMPOSITE STRUCTURES + NASA STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS (NASTRAN) + COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS (CFD) + ROTOR RESEARCH PROGRAM NASA Aeronautics Research Onboard DECADES OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO ROTORCRAFT AVIATION + AIR LOADS DATABASE + RESEARCH AIRCRAFT/WIND TUNNELS/SIMULATORS + DRIVE TRAIN/GEARBOX + PROPULSION + CRASHWORTHINESS + GLASS COCKPIT