In this update: Protective coating; System monitoring; Rear axle structure; Parachutes and HP Calculators!

Today’s Featured Sponsors

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Signing in for today’s work session:  Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, Steve Wallace, Omar Chramosta and John Winchester.

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 Larry Boyd from LizardSkin® drops off some product

Shortly after the hangar door was opened this morning, Larry Boyd arrived after a lonely 4 hour drive from Eastern Washington. He brought to Team NAE 16 gallons of an amazing liquid coating that will soon be put to good use.  LizardSkin® coating has three very effective properties; it absorbs heat, it provides protection from corrosion, and it has a durable and weather proof finish.  It will soon be put to good use on the interior afterburner section of the tail cone and on the roof of the semi trailer.


Ed and Steve programming the National Instruments Data Aquisition System

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 Computers, computers and more computers!

Steve, Ed, and Keith wielded an array of test instruments, heat sensors, batteries and laptop computers.  The makeover of the data acquisition compartment relies heavily on laptops for indepth analysis.  What would we do without them?

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Keith, Von, and Omar worked on the rear axle suspension.  After raising the 6 ton jet car up onto jackstands, the existing anti rotation bracing struts were removed and both they and their support plates are being modified.  This will beef up the entire rear axle assembly while maintaining necessary aerodynamic design.  Our aerodynamics team is creating CFD Solutions for the final configuration of the car.  John Winchester came by to advise that the parachute deployment lines are complete and that the chutes are ready to be packed and loaded into the cannisters!

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HP Graphing & Scientific Caluculators are used by all of our Aerodynamic and Mechanical Engineers on the North  American Eagle™ The HP 50g is the ultimate in graphing calculators for our engineers.  The HP 50g graphing calculator features an SD card slot with formatting functions, RPN~, Algebraic and Textbook data entry, the largest high-contrast screen with more usable space then ever, serial port and USB and connectivity. 


Keith, a mathematics major, has been using HP Graphing & Scientific Calculators since 1986 with the introduction of the HP 48sx; then later the HP 48g. After 27 years those calculators are still used today!  Many of our engineers have their collection of HP Graphing Calculators themselves. At the hanger on Sunday, Keith pulled out his Smartphone and showed his HP 48 app!


Click on the HP 50g photo above and buy yours today. The price is $150 cheaper then 1986!

 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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Eric Wittler With His Lenovo Laptop

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