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/
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).
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
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
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”!
RP G-1, Mass Properties Control for Ground Vehicles, is currenlty under public review until June 15, 2019. The link for the public review site is below. Comments can be made at this same site.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SAWE International Conference just held by the Hampton Roads chapter was very nice and informative. Thanks to all (Corporate Partners and Company Members, host committee, individual participants, etc…) involved in making it happen.
I enjoyed both the Aerospace and Marine sessions as it allowed me to maximize my technical intake having to choose between many topics of interest. It would be nice if the SAWE can continue to offer multiple tracks at these conferences. That means individuals writing papers. Start forming your ideas now as I’d wager the content at this conference spurred many to the thinking “how can I use this experience to write about an experience of my own”.
I also enjoyed getting reacquainted with my fellow SAWE-ers in person. Whether being invited to a meal, chatting about life / work / SAWE in the hospitality suite, or enjoying one of the outings together like the dinner cruise, there are always smiling faces there to greet you, and even wish you well on your journey forward once the conference is done. As new Executive Director Bill Boze states, face to face interactions provide lasting memories.
Best Wishes as we approach our American holiday Memorial Day. I’m going to take the time to recharge, spend time with family, and maybe even grill an award winning hamburger. Afterwards, I will get back to the business of SAWE.
My Executive Vice President membership and projects team will be in touch with your chapters. We need to kick off the remainder of the year focusing our efforts on the goals of building up your chapters through membership and project support. This will support goals of your region as well as goals of the society laid out by new President John Hargrave.
I look forward to a prosperous 2019-2020 SAWE year.
Clint Stephenson, SAWE Executive Vice President
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!
Last night a large group of us went on a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk. It was a perfect night for this, the weather was great and as you can see by the sunset, it was a beautiful night. If you have the opportunity to attend these type of events during conferences, I highly recommend it. It is always a good night!
Today is Standards & Practices Day. Each of the following industries is holding meetings: Airline Affairs, Ground Vehicles, Marine Industry, Military Aircraft, Missiles and Space, and Offshore Industry.
The day started with an overview from Andy Schuster. Just a reminder of the comment tracking for S&P public review on the SAWE website. Documents are often posted for the public review from members of the society. Even if a document is not posted for a review, you can document a comment and when the document is under its 5 year review the comment will already be documented. The site to do this is http://sawe.org/rp
Incoming VP S&P, Doug Fisher, discussed his goals for his term and how he hopes we can and will be successful.
We started off the conference with opening speaker, Dawn Schaible, Director of Engineering at NASA Langley Research Center. She provided insight to NASA Langley’s past, present, and future. She overviewed NASA’s planned return America to the moon in 2024. This will include America’s first woman to step foot on the moon.
Anne Weiss and Rosemary Smith followed up with a rousing and eye opening presentation on how learning is changing for children. We need to reimagine learning and we need to inspire the future STEM students
The Statistics Session 1 had great presentations by Doug Fisher, Manuela Bucci, and David Hansch. Manuela was presented with honorary mention for her paper with Colin MacFarlane.
Bill Boze, John Hargrave, and Yi-Ling Tam presented after lunch on the Mass Properties Certification SAWE is working towards. They reviewed the benefits for SAWE and its members, market survey results that have helped build their roadmap, and a notional model. If you want to be involved in the certification process, please contact Yi-Ling
Anjie Emmett started off the afternoon statistics session. Having worked on the abort system for the Orion space crew module, she discussed applying the law of propagation of uncertainties. Robert Hundl followed with an overview of evaluating Center of Gravity Envelope using a probabilistic approach. He went over Monte Carlo Simulations in Excel and how we can use these for sensitivity studies as well as providing us with a sense of risk.
I ended the day with Nick Marickovich’s presentation on his journey on the Appalachian Trail and how backpack weight effected this. Great presentation!
I would love to hear how the other sessions went and your thoughts on the day and the presentations!
There are some prime opportunities to see the International Space Station go overhead during the upcoming conference. Saturday morning and night, it will reach a max height of a whopping 80+ degrees overhead. Check out the link below for your opportunities.