In this update: Work continues on hydraulic steering.

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This week Ed Shadle,  Omar Chramosta,  Sean Rondestvedt, Chris Greene, John Drury and Keith Zanghi spent a beautiful Pacific Northwest day working on the North American Eagle™


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Work on the hydraulic steering continued today. Sean finished up the rear hydraulic bay and re-installed all the hoses and hydraulic tank lids.  The team reinstalled the race axle so that we can finish up some fairings that were not completed prior to our Alvord Test Session. Sean and Chris replaced the magnetic brake rotors and reinstalled both rear wheels. Omar and Keith worked on the new hydraulic pump. They installed a 2 gallon tank and an integrated sight gauge used to measure the level of hydraulic fluid in the tank.



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  Sean and Chris remove one of the rear wheels

Ed removed the steering control valve last week and installed a larger capacity housing today.  By the end of the day he had reinstalled the control unit and hooked up all the hydraulic lines. He also ran new electrical cables to supply power to the new hydraulic pump.  Later in the day Keith and Chris completed fabricating  new hydraulic pump mounts.   In all, it was a very productive day.  During the upcoming week we will completely finish and test the new hydraulic system.

New Red Bull Stratos video starring Felix Baumgartner and Col Joe Kittinger, USAF Ret

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Col. Joe Kittinger sent us a link to a real cool music video from the Red Bull Stratos project.  During the record jump, Col. Joe talked about Felix’s guardian angel protecting him.  Click on the photo above and listen to the new Jamayl Maleek No Limit music video. 

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NAE Team members… be sure to block off next Saturday December 8th.  Our annual Christmas breakfast will be served at the America’s Car Museum Senior Center.  Look for an email announcement from Ed.

CFD Webinar now on YouTube!


Click on the YouTube link above to watch the webinar

If you missed the live webinar on Wednesday November 7th, you can now watch it on YouTube.  Sponsored by Pointwise Software and CEI EnSight Software, listen to NAE’s aerodynamicist Darren Grove, along with Chris Sideroff, PhD from Pointwise and Kevin Coburn from CEI, talk about the Computation Fluid Dynamic studies taking place on the North American Eagle™
The webinar is highly technical with a target audience in the aerospace industry, but non-technical viewers should be able to follow along and gain insight into the highly complex North American Eagle™ project.
About the Graphic: Metacomp CFD++ solution of the North American Eagle @ 700 MPH with design cycle 1 fairings. Composite image showing unstructured viscous mesh generated with Pointwise, overlaid by stream-wise velocity on ground & symmetry planes, vehicle surfaces colored by pressure and near surface streamlines using EnSight post-processing software.

Ping Fu, Founder and CEO of Geomagic,  has a new book


Ping Fu (next to Ed) and her sister Hong – Their story in a new book, Bend, Not Break.

“Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times. . . . Your ability to thrive depends, in the end, on your attitude to your life circumstances. Take everything in stride with grace, putting forth energy when it is needed, yet always staying calm inwardly.”

—Ping Fu’s “Shanghai Papa”

Ping Fu knows what it’s like to be a child soldier, a factory worker, and a political prisoner. To be beaten and raped for the crime of being born into a well-educated family. To be deported with barely enough money for a plane ticket to a bewildering new land. To start all over, without family or friends, as a maid, waitress, and student.

Ping Fu also knows what it’s like to be a pioneering software programmer, an innovator, a CEO, and Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. To be a friend and mentor to some of the best-known names in tech­nology. To build some of the coolest new products in the world. To give speeches that inspire huge crowds. To meet and advise the president of the United States.

It sounds too unbelievable for fiction, but this is the true story of a life in two worlds.

Born on the eve of China’s Cultural Revolution, Ping was separated from her family at the age of eight. She grew up fighting hunger and humiliation and shielding her younger sister from the teenagers in Mao’s Red Guard. At twenty-five, she found her way to the United States; her only resources were $80 in traveler’s checks and three phrases of English: thank you, hello, and help.

Yet Ping persevered, and the hard-won lessons of her childhood guided her to success in her new home­land. Aided by her well-honed survival instincts, a few good friends, and the kindness of strangers, she grew into someone she never thought she’d be—a strong, independent, entrepreneurial leader. A love of problem solving led her to computer science, and Ping became part of the team that created NCSA Mosaic, which became Netscape, the Web browser that forever changed how we access information. She then started a company, Geomagic, that has literally reshaped the world, from personalizing prosthetic limbs to repair­ing NASA spaceships.


Bend, Not Break depicts a journey from imprisonment to freedom, and from the dogmatic anticapitalism of Mao’s China to the high-stakes, take-no-prisoners world of technology start-ups in the United States. It is a tribute to one woman’s courage in the face of cruelty and a valuable lesson on the enduring power of resilience.

Get Connected with NAE Mobile Apps

Updates for NAE Mobile are also now available to connect with the new website.  These updates include improved access to Project Updates as well as all of the other pages.  Available exclusively on the iPad is the ability to shop through the Gear Store for your favorite items.  The iPad version will also now rotate to any rotation for optimal viewing.


iPhone 5 App is now available. Click on the photo above to download the App


Got an iPad? Get the NAE App for Free!

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The NAE App works on iPad Mini too!

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New Lenovo Video

Lenovo recently released a new video featuring the North American Eagle™ .  The NAE™  scenes were edited by Steve Wallace. Team NAE™  uses Lenovo ThinkStations and ThinkPad for aerodynamic and engineering analysis.  Click on the photo below and watch this exciting video!

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