In this update:  New strut rods received; Aerodynamics reviewed; Heat sensor guage tested; Data acquisition system progressing

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Working inside while the rain fell outside: Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, Keith Zanghi, John Mittleider, Chris Greene, Jon Higley, Omar Chramosta, Larry Martinson and Sam Yellowbird

FIRST Robotics

Andrew Kirk, Chris Greene and Brandyn Bayes at the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition

Guess who is turning 18 on Monday?  Chris Greene showed up with a big smile because he left  to celebrate his birthday a little early with a family party.  He left before we could get a proper picture but Team NAE wishes him a great birthday time. Keith has been spending a lot of time with Chris, Brandyn and Andrew on their high school robotics project.  All of the young team members are gettting an invaluable work experience as part of the North American Eagle™ project. 

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John Mittleider came in to review with Ed and Keith the structural dynamics involved and the forces exerted on our 56 foot long 6 plus ton jet car running at high speeds on a less than perfect surface.  Previous test runs have revealed the need for modifications to the rear axle and they are ongoing in our work sessions.

John also worked with Ed on setting up a properly calibrated heat sensor guage for the cockpit that records temperatures on the rear brake rotors.  A new water valve is also being installed to replace a faulty valve in the water cooled braking system.

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As a part of the rear axle modifications, relocation and beefing up of the strut assembly is in progress.  Newly machined and threaded strut rods were received this week.  Keith, Sam, and Larry worked on the fabrication, torch cutting and grinding of the assembly plates. 



Steve continued programming and assembling the National Instruments data acquisition system.

During the lunch break, Ed gave a stand up briefing to the team, including the time and weather crunch facing any planned test runs in the immediate future.  There is a very narrow window governed by lakebed condition  and environmental regulations.  We are on a short leash weather watching status.  Time will tell.


A final note.  Despite an obvious attempt to ridicule the chef, the photographs taken of the fiery inferno in the grill were merely the result of the proper heat cleaning of the grill…AFTER the feast.  No harm was caused to the hamburgers during the filiming of this event. 

 Ping Fu on PBS

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Ping Fu on PBS Tavis Smiley Show Jan 30, 2013


Ping Fu on Boomberg TV Jan 4, 2013


Inside Look at Geomagic and 3D Printing.  Bloomberg TV Jan 7, 2012

Long time sponsor on the North American Eagle™ is Geomagic Software.  Ping Fu, CEO is on a nation wide book tour and was on TV agiain!  Click on the images above for the broadcasts.  3D Systems has announced the purchase of Geomagic Software and Ping was on the show to talk about it. As if that weren’t enough, travelers flying on Southwest Airlines this month can reach into their seat pocket for Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine  and read about Ping in the Business Lesson page.  It is  great to be Ping!

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.

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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

NAE mobile Apps now support the entire iOS and Droid Platforms…and they’re free!


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


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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