Standards Public Review

RP A-7, Management and Control for Military Aircraft, is in the public draft review stage and is posted in the Standards Public Review page. This document provides the means for establishing a system of mass properties management and control during the development, follow-on development, and throughout the life cycle of military aircraft programs. The Review period for RP A-7 ends November 7, 2019.

RP M-4, Supplier Weight Control for the Marine Industry, is also in the public draft review stage and is posted to the Standards Public Review page. This Recommended Practice (RP) is intended for use by vessel Designers/Builders and the marine supplier community. For the Designer/Builder, it outlines an effective methodology for involving marine industry suppliers in the shipyard’s comprehensive weight control plan. For the supplier of shipboard equipment, it provides a framework of what the shipyard needs in terms of mass properties input to effectively manage the overall mass properties of the vessel. It is hoped that this RP will help establish the foundation for a productive vessel Designer/Builder – marine supplier working relationship. The review period for RP M-4 ends October 26, 2019.

http://sawe.org/technical/rp/publicreview

Impromptu Conference Finance and Training Meeting

Fred Brown, Conference Budget Coordinator; Errol Oguzhan, Senior VP; Bill Boze, Executive Director

While Errol was in town for other work, an impromptu meeting at O’Conner Brewing in Norfolk, VA was held to discuss Conference Finance and Training. Executive Director, Senior VP and Conference Budget Coordinator attending.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to local chapters while you are in town on work! Whether you meet up with one person or just happen to be in town for a chapter event, this is a great opportunity to network! It is always great getting to be with SAWE members outside of the International Conference as well.

SAWE Provides AWBS Training at Sierra Nevada Corporation at Moody AFB

The Society of Allied Weight Engineers instructor, Harold Smoot, travelled to Sierra Nevada Corporation’s facility at Moody Air Force Base (Valdosta, Georgia) to provide Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) training to a group of Sierra Nevada Corp students.  The students were presented with all the new features of Version 10 of the US Air Force’s Automated Weight and Balance Software in a hands-on training class. The class began with a discussion of the terms and developmental history of AWBS, minimum system requirements, and software installation followed by a complete overview of the software features to support weight control programs for military aircraft.

AWBS training students and instructor Harold Smoot (far right) stand in front of an A-29 Embraer Super Tucano aircraft. 

For those individuals or organizations interested in attending or arranging for an on-site training class, see http://sawe.org/training/awbs for a complete course description and utilize our contact page to learn more http://sawe.org/contact.

SAWE Scholarship Recipient Follow up

SAWE’s scholarship awards are making a difference in the successful career development of member’s children and grandchildren.  We don’t often get this type of follow up feedback from scholarship recipients.  It’s rewarding to know more about the career paths of the students.

Sean Greiner, an SAWE Scholarship recipient, recently sent SAWE the following message:

I wanted to extend my sincere appreciation for supporting me throughout my undergraduate career at Clemson University. I recently graduated in May and am continuing on in my education as I seek a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Words cannot express the difference that your scholarship has made in my education. 

Because of your financial support, I was able to devote significant time to experiments in a DNA repair lab at Clemson. The work that I have done, in concert with many other lab members, will be published in scientific journals in the coming years and we hope will significantly add to our knowledge about DNA repair pathways and metastatic melanoma. 

Thank you again for your support. 

Sincerely,

Sean Greiner”

John Hargrave, President, replied:

Sean, SAWE would like to congratulate you for your recent graduation from Clemson.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness in sharing news of your accomplishments and future plans with us.  It’s great to know more about you as an SAWE scholarship recipient and the direction of your career path.

We wish you the best in all of your future endeavors.  SAWE membership is very proud of you and we’re honored to have participated in your career development. 

Passing of Ian (Mac) MacConochie

It is with regret we pass along the passing of a Hampton Roads SAWE member on June 20, 2019. Information on his career, involvement in SAWE, services to be held on August 3rd and 4th in Yorktown, VA and Charlottesville, as well as his obituary are posted to the HR website https://www.sawe.org/hamptonroads/2019/06/30/sawe-hr-member-ian-mac-macconochie-obituary/

NASA STEM Webinar – Explore Moon to Mars: Orion’s Ascent Abort-2 Flight Test

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EDPC) is hosting a webinar that will feature and upcoming Orion flight test, mass properties, and give educators tools to further engage, excite, and teach K-12 students about the role of mass properties in mission success!  Please share this event with educators and teachers you know that would enjoy this opportunity!

Synopsis: Explore Moon to Mars: Orion’s Ascent Abort-2 Flight Test

This summer, NASA plans to conduct the Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test. This milestone event will verify flight capabilities of Orion’s Launch Abort System (LAS), a key step in fulfilling NASA’s mission to go back to the Moon and then on to Mars. During this free 60-minute webinar, educators will have a chance to hear from anOrion flight test engineer about AA-2 and the critical role mass properties plays in spacecraft design. This webinar will also highlight NASA resources and hands-on activities for engaging your students with Orion and AA-2 (webinar addresses NGSS PS1, PS2 & ETS1).

Presenters

Amanda Cutright – Orion Flight Test Management Office

Kristyn Damadeo – Langley Public Affairs Office

Rosemary Smith – Langley Office of STEM Engagement

Anne Weiss – Langley Office of STEM Engagement

Dates/Times

Thursday, June 13, 2019 (5-6 PM Eastern; 2-3 PM Pacific)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (5-6 PM Eastern; 2-3 PM Pacific)

Online Registration Links

June 13thhttps://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=453368&

June 26thhttps://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=453372&

Please join us for the “Explore Moon to Mars: Orion’s Ascent Abort-2 Flight Test” webinar and also learn about another opportunity regarding professional development credit via a Digital Badge titled “Balancing Act – Spacecraft Mass Properties”!

Standard Available for Public Review

The SAWE and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently held internal polling of the authors of ANSI/AIAA S-120A-2015, Mass Properties Control for Space Systems, who voted to reaffirm this standard for another five years.  This standard and recommended practice apply to space vehicles, upper stage vehicles, injection stages, payloads, reentry vehicles, launche vehicles, and ballistic vehicles. This standard is intended to convey minimum requirements applicable to space system development.

Public comments are now sought by July 29, 2019.  Send all comments to Hillary Woehlre at hillaryw@aiaa.org.

Wednesday Conference Highlights

The day started with an open forum on weight control. The forum was very interactive with a lot of great points across the industries. Conversation included how we, mass property engineers, see things differently and we need speak up on mass properties, how smaller companies or subcontractors may need the support to ensure they are going in the right direction, remembering that smaller companies likely don’t have a mass properties engineer, incentives vs. penalties, cost of a pound or the value of a pound, and tying weight to performance. Lot of other great points and conversations occurred. These forums are great for everyone to see all the different point of views across the industries and across companies big and small.

Dan Otlowski of Space Electronics started off Aerospace Session 1 with a presentation on measuring weight and CG of manned spacecraft. Damian Yanez presented to the group the Welcome to SAWE presentation he has worked on. The presentation goes into detail the benefits to SAWE for both new members and potential corporate sponsors. This is open for members to use and chapters — great way to try and reel in new members! Amanda Cutright, NASA Langley Research Center, finished out the morning with a presentation on the Ascent Abort 2 for the Orion spacecraft. We do not want have crew members launched without the ability to abort. AA-2 is the next flight test in the exploration systems development program.

The afternoon Aerospace Session started with Dudley Cate, NAVAIR (retired) provided a presentation on weight and design data for WWII era aircraft. I am personally looking forward to being able to read this paper! Larry DiSano, Ensinger, finished the session with a presentation on Thermoplastic Composites for small parts.

We can’t say it enough, thank you to all our vendors who presented throughout the week!