(November 7, 2020) Perlan Project Glider Soars into History with Jim Payne

November 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am 1:30 pm PST

(November 7, 2020) Perlan Project Glider Soars into History with Jim Payne

Nov 7, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 1:10 PM (PT)

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AIAA LA-LV e-Town Hall Meeting 11/7Perlan Project Glider Soars into History

with

Jim Payne

CHIEF PILOT | BOARD MEMBER

The Perlan ProjectTest Pilot / Instructor,

United States Air Force Academy – Retired

Consultant with NASA

Manager, Northrop’s Global Hawk Program

Test Pilot, Northrop’s Firebird Program

Test Pilot of the Year – Kincheloe Award, SETP.

2019 Guinness Book of Records Aviation Page

Inspiration and Patriotism Award, Living Legends of Aviation (2018)

 

Saturday,November 7, 202010 AM

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Jim Payne started soaring at the Air Force Academy in 1971. At the Academy he made his first wave flight and was immediately hooked. His paper for his senior technical writing course was “A Report on High Altitude Sailplane Flight.” He graduated Outstanding Cadet in Soaring in 1974. He flew the F-4, F-5, F-16, F-16XL among other aircraft for the Air Force. Jim was the first pilot selected to pioneer the Air Force Institute of Technology master’s with a follow-on assignment to AF Test Pilot School. He turned down a full ride to Stanford since it was not coupled with TPS. In 1983 Jim earned his Gold and Diamond Altitude legs in a SGS 1-26 in the Tehachapi wave. When he was assigned to the staff at the US Air Force Test Pilot School he was part of the Soar Eagle Project. The team equipped a Grob 103 with a pressure suit system. Soaring in this sailplane Jim earned a Triple Lennie Pin for a flight to 42,200 feet. With the advent of GPS flight recorders, Jim pioneered wave speed records.

 

Jim taught Flight Test at the United States Air Force Academy. When he could not find a good text book to use, he wrote his own. He instilled a love of flying and leadership into the next generation of AF commanders. Jim coached the USAFA cross country soaring team through several camps and contests. Jim managed the US International Soaring team for 5 World Championships. He was the Open Class Pilot in the South African World Championships in 2001.

 

After Jim retired from the AF he consulted for NASA and then managed Northrop’s Global Hawk multi-million dollar program for 10 years. He moved to Northrop’s Firebird program and flew first flight before retiring (again). He now works full time volunteering as Chief Pilot for Perlan Project where he developed and led the test program.

 

Awards/RecordsFor many years he held the fastest world record at 247 km/hr (154 mph), a record that was listed in the 2006 Guinness. In recent years Jim has used the wave to win numerous OLC Championships: World Champion in the OLC Classic 6 times and World Champion in OLC Speed 8 times. Jim was awarded the 2001 Lilienthal Medal winner (highest award given by the FAI for gliding) and is a member of the Soaring Hall of Fame. He has set 17 World Soaring Records and over 95 National Records. Jim and his brother Tom were National Open Place Soaring champions. Jim won the Baron Hilton Cup and the Return to Kitty Hawk race across America in 2003. Jim was awarded the Soaring Society of America’s highest honor, the Eaton Trophy, in 2003. One of his records has been chosen as a Most Memorable Record an unprecedented nine different years by the National Aeronautical Association. He flew the challenging Perlan 2 from first flight in 2015 through the world record-setting high altitude flights in Argentina in 2018. In the Air Force Jim was Top Gun of his Aggressor class and a Distinguished Graduate of his 1982 USAF Test Pilot School class. In 2018 Jim was selected Distinguished Alumnus of TPS. The Society of Experimental Test Pilots selected Jim for the Test Pilot of the Year – Kincheloe Award. In 2019 the Guinness Book of Records selected Perlan’s 2017 World Record for their aviation page. Jim received the “Inspiration and Patriotism Award” from Living Legends of Aviation for 2018.

 

Jim’s fastest soaring flight was a 300 kilometer Out and Return speed of 305 kpm (189 mph) along the Sierra Nevada mountains. His furthest flight was 2,907 km (1,806 miles) from Minden, NV. His highest flight is in the Perlan 2 at 76,124 feet pressure altitude from El Calafate, Argentina. His longest flight was 15.6 hours in the Patagonia wave.

 

SURFING IN THE SKYGlider pilots have surfed on mountain waves since 1932. The process is like surfing on a wave in the ocean, except the glider is in the wave rather than on the surface of the wave. Einar Enevoldson, a NASA Test Pilot, saw evidence that in regions closer to the Poles, in winter, the waves could extend above the troposphere and well into the stratosphere.

 

Previously, no one had searched for waves in the stratosphere in sub-polar regions in winter. From 1992 until 1998 he gathered more evidence that these waves existed, and might be strong enough to lift a sailplane to remarkable altitudes. In 1998 Dr. Elizabeth Austin joined Einar in the search for an understanding of stratospheric mountain waves. She found that the Polar Vortex, and one of its principal components, the stratospheric polar night jet, existing only in winter, provided the high speed wind in the stratosphere that powered incredibly high waves. The Perlan Project was formed to explore these waves and soar them to the edge of space.

 

Tentative Agenda

10:05 am Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane (Welcome, AIAA LA-LV Section Chair)

10:10 am Jim Payne

11:40 am (TBD)

1:10 pm Adjourn

 

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e-Town Hall Meeting with Dr. Bill Gerstenmaier (SpaceX), Dr. Bruce Banerdt (JPL), and Frank Czopek (GPS)

September 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm PDT

e-Town Hall Meeting w/ Dr. Bill Gerstenmaier (SpaceX), Dr. Bruce Banerdt (JPL), & Frank Czopek

 Sep 5, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PT)

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Agenda/Schedule (September 5, 2020)

10:05 AM Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane (AIAA LA LV Section Chair) (Welcome)
10:10 AM Dr. Dan Dumbacher (AIAA Eexcutive Director)
10:30 AM Dr. Bill Gerstenmaier (SpaceX)
12:00 PM Dr. Bruce Banerdt (Mars InSight)
1:30 PM Frank Czopek (Introduction to GPS and Pre-History of GPS)
4:00 PM Adjourn

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International Space Station’s critical role in enabling human exploration beyond low Earth orbit

by

Dr. William H. Gerstenmaier

SpaceX

AIAA Honorary Fellow

Former Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (NASA HQ)

 

Gerstenmaier is widely considered one of the world’s top specialists in flying humans in space, frequently testifying before Congress on the subject. -CNBC.com, 22 February, 2020

William H. Gerstenmaier (born September 1954) is an aerospace engineer and policymaker, who served as NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations between 2005 and July 10, 2019. Prior to being Associate Administrator, Gerstenmaier served as the International Space Station Program Manager, at Johnson Space Center, a position he began in June 2002. In February of 2020 SpaceX announced that Gerstenmaier, had joined the company as a consultant, as the company prepared to launch astronauts for the first time.

As a teenager he followed the early space programs of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. He had early dreams of being a test pilot, and after high school, enrolled at the United States Naval Academy. After seeing so many pilots returning from the Vietnam War, he thought he may not get a chance to fly, and chose to reconsider his path. He transferred to Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, hoping to get into flight via academics. During his time at Purdue, Gerstenmaier found a great interest in space technology, and chose to focus on this area for his career.

Gerstenmaier graduated with a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1977, and joined the Lewis Research Center (now called the John Glenn Research Center) in Ohio, beginning his career with NASA. Initially doing research with supersonic wind tunnels, developing air data curve information used during entry on the Space Shuttle. Gerstenmaier continued his education, obtaining his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Toledo in 1981.

In 1980, Gerstenmaier moved to Houston, Texas, to work at the Johnson Space Center, in mission control specializing in propulsion systems on the Space Shuttle, and was involved in the earliest phases of the International Space Station design. In 1984, he was a semi-finalist in the selection for NASA Astronaut Group 10

In 1992, Gerstenmaier was given a fellowship from NASA to obtain his doctorate degree from Purdue, and in 1992 and 1993, he completed course work for a doctorate in dynamics and control, with a minor in propulsion at Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Of the time away from NASA, he said, “It was the most humbling experience of my life.” In May 2019, Purdue awarded Gerstenmaier an Honorary Ph.D. In Aeronautics and Astronautics.

In 1995, Gerstenmaier returned to NASA as the Shuttle/Mir Program Operations Manager, and was the liaison to the Russian Space Agency for operations and protocols. For the first half of 1996, he was stationed in Russia to support astronaut Shannon Lucid, who spent six months aboard Mir.

In December 2000, Gerstenmaier was named Deputy Manager of the International Space Station Program.

Throughout his career he has received numerous awards, but he recognizes that these awards are only possible through the work of amazing teams.

Mr. Gerstenmaier is well suited to talk about the unique role of ISS in exploration.

International Space Station’s critical role in enabling human exploration beyond low Earth orbit

Station is often recognized for being an engineering marvel, playing a key role in international cooperation, and for having crews continuously on board for almost 20 years. This presentation will focus on the key role that ISS is playing in enabling human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. ISS obviously can enable testing of spacecraft systems that must work for the extended journey’s beyond low Earth orbit. This presentation will discuss many subtle and critical aspects that are not commonly attributed to ISS. It is often stated that the funds spent of ISS would be better spent directly on human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. This presentation will provide an alternate viewpoint and show that ISS today is contributing in ways that could be critical to the future success.

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The InSight Mission to Mars
by
JPL Mission Principal Investigator
Dr. Bruce Banerdt
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(Landed at Elysium Planitia on November 26, 2018)

Dr. Bruce Banerdt, Principal Investigator of the InSight mission, is a planetary geophysicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He holds a B.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Southern California and has worked in the Earth and Space Sciences Division of JPL since 1977. Dr. Banerdt has served on a number of NASA and National Academy of Sciences advisory panels on planetary and space science and has published over 90 journal articles, reports and book chapters. His research focuses on the geological history of the planet Mars and geophysical investigations of the interiors of terrestrial planets using analyses of gravity, magnetic, topographic and seismic data. He has participated in several planetary flight instrument teams, including the MOLA altimeters on Mars Observer and Mars Global Surveyor, the SAR on Magellan, and the Seismometer on the CNES NetLander mission, and he served as Project Scientist for the Spirit and Opportunity rovers for six years.

The InSight Mission to Mars

The InSight landed in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars on November 26, 2018. In contrast to the 45 previous missions to Mars, which have thoroughly explored its surface features and chemistry, atmosphere, and searched for past or present life, InSight will focus on the deep interior of the plane, investigating the processes of terrestrial planet formation and evolution by performing the first comprehensive surface-based geophysical measurements on Mars, using seismologya, precision tracking (for rotational dynamics), and heat flow measurements. It will provide key information on the composition and structure of an Earth-like planet that has gone through most of the evolutionary stages of the Earth up to plate tectonics. I will describe the mission and its science goals, and give an update on its current status on the surface of Mars.

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Introduction to GPS & Pre-History of GPS

by

Frank Czopek

• Has worked Space and armor systems for all his career • 35 years on GPS• Hired at the start of the GPS operational era• Held numerous jobs on GPS from Responsible Engineer to Program Manager• Unofficial GPS Space historian

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN*What Does the following have to do with GPS-The Slovakian independence movement of 1918-Development of RADAR-Nixon being elected to the second term in the White House-Sputnik-AC 130 Gunship*The significance of-NDS payload-ICDs*Why Raytheon claims to have invented GPS*The cast of Individuals who we need to thank

 

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