NASA Ames Simulation Laboratories – Learn How to Test Without the Need to Invest

Previously Recorded on - Thursday, March 20, 2014, 2:00 pm ET

Whether you’re researching air traffic management concepts, analyzing vehicle design and performance, or evaluating complex systems, now you can do it using NASA’s space-age technology without the cost and headaches of designing, building, and maintaining your own test system.

SimLabs operates 3 high-tech flight and air traffic control simulators at the NASA Ames Research Center that support things like NASA research on the Next Generation Air Traffic System (NextGen), Unmanned Aerial Systems, Aviation Safety, and Fundamental Aeronautics, as well as the research needs of other Government organizations and private industry through collaborative arrangements. Collaborative arrangements with companies just like yours! Information about a new reconfigurable image generator architecture that has potential for applications in entertainment/gaming, education, and ultra-realistic scenery will be presented.

Attend this very special Webinar to learn how SimLabs can put space age testing technology at your fingertips for a fraction of the cost it would take to do it yourself.





Speaker Bios:

  David Morse, Chief of Technology Partnerships, NASA Ames Research Center

David Morse
is the Chief of the Technology Partnerships Division at NASA Ames Research Center. In that capacity, he leads efforts to create innovative partnerships with private industry, academia and other government agencies; to spin out (technology transfer) and spin in (infusion) technologies that both serve NASA missions and create new markets and jobs that enhance the quality of life on Earth; to protect and leverage the agency’s intellectual property portfolio; and to encourage and facilitate low-cost commercial access to space. He oversees a team of 12 civil servants and approximately 20 contractor employees who, collectively, bring in about $20 million annually to Ames scientists and researchers from external funding sources and through collaborations that result in cost avoidance. 
 Bimal Aponso, Chief of the Aerospace Simulation R&D Branch, NASA Ames Research Center

Bimal Aponso is responsible for strategic planning, operations, and safety at the SimLabs facilities and ensures that the research needs of the customers are met and exceeded.

Bimal's technical background includes over 20-years of experience in vehicle modeling and simulation, stability and control, and handling qualities. He has an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a MBA from the University of Southern California.

  Dr. Barbara Sweet, Aerospace Engineer, Human Systems Integration Division, NASA Ames Research Center

Dr. Barbara Sweet is an aerospace engineer in the Human Systems Integration Division. Her technical background includes handling qualities, human factors, manual control, visual perception, and flight simulation. She recently completed an eight-year project with the Air Force to develop a flight simulator to be used for studies exploring the link between pilot visual perception and operational performance. The Operational Based Vision Assessment (OBVA) program culminated with the building and installation of the simulator at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

  Karol "Bo" Bobko, NASA Astronaut (Former), Program Manager of the SAIC SimLabs Contract at NASA Ames Research Center (Retired)

Karol ”Bo” Bobko graduated in the first class of the Air Force Academy and flew fighter aircraft at the start of his career. He then attended the A.F Test Pilot School and was selected for the Air Force Manned Orbiting Laboratory and finally NASA. He had many different assignments at NASA, including a number that used the Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) for Space Shuttle development/training. He flew as a chase pilot on the Approach & Landing Tests of the Space Shuttle prototype Enterprise. During the Shuttle operational program, he flew three missions: as pilot on STS-6, the first flight of Challenger; as Commander of Discovery on STS-51D; and as Commander of Atlantis on its maiden flight, STS-51J.

Bobko is a member of the Astronaut Hall of Fame, President of the Association of Space Explorers (US chapter), and an Associate Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. After retiring from NASA he joined the aerospace industry. He has been Program Manager of the SAIC SimLabs contract at the NASA Ames Research Center (which includes the VMS) for the past 8 years, and has just retired from that position.


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