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
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."
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
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
+ 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