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Distinguished Research Associate John W. Edwards passed away June 3, 2011, see Daily Press article and obituary.

AB’s Walt Silva is featured in Langley innovation talk “Innovation is No Vacation“

In 2006, when the staff of the Aeroelasticity Branch at NASA’s Langley Research Center learned that it would test ground wind loads for the Ares I-X launch test vehicle, Donald Keller and Thomas Ivanco went in search of history.

The branch had performed similar tests in the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel (TDT) in Hampton, Virginia, for the Saturn V that was used to carry Apollo aloft but had conducted few such tests since. After all, NASA hasn’t built a human-rated launch vehicle designed to send astronauts to the moon and beyond since Saturn V in the 1960s.

Langley Researcher article and video about the TDT 50th celebration. Monica Barnes posted a kodak photo album. More pictures at Langley’s flickr site.

All Center employees and retirees are invited to attend the 50th anniversary celebration of the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel at the Reid Conference Center on Thursday, Oct 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Tunnel tours leave from the Reid parking lot from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Lots of reminiscing, conversation, food, and a peek into the   Read more …