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This report selectively summarizes NASA Glenn Research Center’s research and technology accomplishments for fiscal year 2007. It comprises 104 short articles submitted by the staff scientists and engineers. The report is organized into six major sections: Aeropropulsion, Power and Space Propulsion, Communications, Space Processes and Experiments, Instrumentation and Controls, and Structures and Materials. A table of contents and an author index have been developed to assist readers in finding articles of special interest. This report is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of all the research and technology work done over the past fiscal year. Most of the work is reported in Glenn-published technical reports, journal articles, and presentations prepared by Glenn staff and contractors. In addition, university grants have enabled faculty members and graduate students to engage in sponsored research that is reported at technical meetings or in journal articles. For each article in this report, a Glenn contact person has been identified, and where possible, a reference document is listed so that additional information can be easily obtained. The diversity of topics attests to the breadth of research and technology being pursued and to the skill mix of the staff that makes it possible. For more information, visit Glenn's Web site at http://www.nasa.gov/glenn. For publicly available reports, visit the Glenn Technical Reports Server at http://gltrs.grc.nasa.gov.
About the photographs:
Left: Artist’s concept of Ares I on launch pad. Glenn is building the Ares I–X Upper Stage Simulator for a flight test in preparation for Ares I. Look for the 2008 Research & Technology report for updates on this work.
Top right: Full-scale NACA–23012 airfoil model in Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (ONERA) F1 wind tunnel facility in Le Fauga-Mauzac, France. The airfoil was fitted with ice shapes made from molds of ice accreted on a similar airfoil model in NASA's Icing Research Tunnel then subjected to conditions that might be experienced by a commuter aircraft flying in natural icing.
Second from top right: Glenn’s Vacuum Facility 12 with the compact flash evaporator system (FES) test rig. This spray-cooling concept is being developed as an alternative heat sink technology for future spacecraft thermal control architectures.
Third from top right: Scarab lunar rover. By obtaining and analyzing core samples from the lunar surface, Scarab will look for hydrogen, water, and other chemicals that could eventually be mined to support lunar outposts.
Bottom right: Suni Williams performs the Soldering in Reduced Gravity Experiment (SoRGE) experiment in the International Space Station Maintenance Work Area during Expedition 14. The work area will be configured similarly for Component Repair Experiment-1 (CRE–1) operations.
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Last updated: November 25, 2008
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