NASA Selects Technology Payloads
NASA has selected nine plans to show technology for that second group of payloads to fly on commercial suborbital multiple-use launch automobiles and also the Zero-G commercial parabolic aircraft. NASA is applying in a commercial sense available automobiles to hold these technology demonstration payloads to assist develop the U.S. commercial multiple-use suborbital transportation industry.
NASA Selects Technology Payloads
NASA’s Flight Possibilities Program provides test plane tickets to show and validate space technologies on airborne platforms flying above 65,000 ft, the region referred to as “near space.” This program will also support parabolic plane tickets that simulate brief periods of microgravity or weightlessness.
“We are leaving with some payloads that can usually benefit from the showing ground of near space,” Mike Gazarik, director of NASA’s Space Technology Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington, stated. “We are searching toward growing the amount of commercial plane tickets and technology demonstration payloads flown, with companies supplying a viable multiple-use flying science lab capacity for scientists all across America.”
Selected for flight on both a suborbital reusable launch vehicle and the Zero-G aircraft are:
“Microgravity Multi-Phase Flow Experiment for Suborbital Testing,” team leader Kathryn Hurlbert of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Selected for flight on suborbital reusable launch vehicles:
“Application of Controlled Vibrations to Multiphase Systems for Space Applications,” Ricard Gonzalez-Cinca, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, and Richard Tyson, University of Alabama in Huntsville
“Environmental Monitoring Suite on Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicles,” H. Todd Smith, and Lars P. Dyrud, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.
“Measurement of the Atmospheric Background in the Mesosphere as a Pre-cursor to Astronomical Observations,” Sean Casey, USRA/SOFIA, Moffett Field, Calif.
“RF Gauging of the Liquid Oxygen Tank on a Reusable Launch Vehicle,” Gregory Zimmerli, NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Cleveland
Selected for parabolic flight aboard the Zero-G aircraft:
“Assessing Vestibulo-Ocular Function and Spatial Orientation in Parabolic Flight,” Mark Shelhamer, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore
“Evaluation of a Medical Chest Drainage System Functional in the Microgravity Environment,” C. Marsh Cuttino, Orbital Medicine, Inc., Richmond, Va.
“Autonomous Cell Culture Apparatus for Growing 3-Dimensional Tissues in Microgravity,” Zarana Patel and Janice Huff of Johnson and Colin Pawlowski of Yale University
“A demonstrated application of a cost effective and novel platform for non-invasive acquisition of physiologic variables from spaceflight participant candidates,” Ravi Komatireddy, University of California at San Diego and West Wireless Health Institute of San Diego
The Zero-G aircraft plane tickets are required to consider off in April 2012 from Ellington Area in Houston. The suborbital multiple-use launch vehicle payloads are required to fly on automobiles created by Armadillo Aerospace, Masten Space Systems, Near Space Corporation, UP Aerospace, Virgin Galactic, Whittinghill Aerospace, or XCOR Aerospace. NASA selected the seven companies in August to integrate and fly space technology payloads. The suborbital multiple-use launch vehicle payload plane tickets tentatively are scheduled to start at the begining of 2012.
NASA selected the plans following a comment of fight possibilities released last December. NASA known as for plans that relate or mature new technology payloads using parabolic aircraft or suborbital multiple-use launch automobiles for reduced gravity or near-space plane tickets. The announcement will stay open until December 31, 2014.
Flight Possibilities, area of the Space Technology Program within NASA’s Office from the Chief Technologist, is handled at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif. NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Area, Calif., handles the payload activities for that program.