HAMPTON, Va. — Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center dropped an old Marine CH-46E helicopter fuselage filled with 15 dummy occupants from a height of about 30 feet Wednesday, Aug. 28, to test improved seats and seatbelts and gather data on the odds of surviving a helicopter crash.
NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet to test improved seat belts and seats and advance experimental techniques and crashworthiness data. The test is slated for Wednesday, Aug. 28, at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.
NASA’s Ames Research Center will host a virtual institute to solicit and foster innovative ideas that address technological challenges facing aviation and the U.S. air transportation system today and in the future.
The Universities Space Research Association at Columbia, Md., has selected three astronomers to participate in the first scientific observations to be conducted by NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that carries a 2.5-meter (98-inch) diameter airborne infrared telescope.
Naming researchers from the astronomy community is a milestone on SOFIA’s journey to become the most versatile airborne telescope in the world, said Eric Becklin, SOFIA chief scientific advisor. The flying observatory will begin its short science, or “first light” observations, early in the summer 2009 and will continue its program of celestial observations for the next 20 years, Becklin said.