In this update:  Rear brakes cooling system modified; Data acquisition components are being replaced; Rear axle “twist” locked down; Mid wheels well being fitted with a new cover panel 

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It was brrrrrr weather this morning as the team bundled up for hangar time.  Braving the elements were an early arriving Steve Wallace, Von Armstrong, Les Holm, Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, Chris Greene, Rich Pengelley, Sam Yellowbird and Jon Higley.


 The Alvord map as it hangs in the hanger

The Alvord Desert test runs, though trashed by harsh weather and limited numbers, provided some significant data that is being addressed.  They also pointed out the need for further system improvements. That is why they are called test runs. Team NAE is all over those needed improvements.  So the beat goes on.

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Today the data acquisition compartment was pretty much torn asunder.  Technology advances so quickly these days that keeping up is hard to do.  Steve began some serious work in that regard.  Old wiring runs and components that worked very well when first installed are being replaced by new and better, thanks to the help provided by our newest sponsonsor,National Instruments. Steve’s upper torso remains buried in the electronic bay, hard at work.

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 Our newest team member, Les Holm, is a confirmed  and proven veteran gear head who worked with Chris Greene today.  Chris is getting a hands on and unique opportunity to learn by doing, while being mentored by those with long years of experience.  They worked  on installing a new valve that increases water flow to the braking cooling system.  Another problem identified in test runs.

The aerodynamic / engineering team has identified a potential for the rear axle to have a rotational twist upon accelleration.  Though very minimal, it was a cause for concern. Give Ed and Keith a cutting torch, some steel and a plan, and they are happy.  They fabricated a pair of braces that tie the axle to the fuselage support ring.  After approval from the engineers, we will install them on the car.

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Rich Pengelley made his long commute run south to the hangar and decided to spend his time on his back, under the mid wheels.  The panel cover damaged in the Alvord is being replaced with a new one.  Rich spent his day doing a final fit prior to re-installing the panel next week. 

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Sam Yellowbird has been working in his shop at home on a new hydraulic filling machine. It will be used to charge the front steering pump while in the field. He brought it in today for a critical design review before finishing it. 

Von, as Keith is wont to say, left early to work “virtual” at home, sending him pictures and this update on his electric computer. Done.

Ping Fu on Bloomberg TV


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 Bloomberg TV recently…twice!  Click on the images above for the Jan 4th and 7th broadcasts.  3D Systems has announced the purchase of Geomagic Software and she was on the show to talk about it.  If that wasn’t enough, travelers flying on Southwest Airlines this month can reach into the seat pocket for Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine  and read about Ping in the Business Lesson page.  We got word now that Delta Airlines has also published an ariticle in their inflight magazine!

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 is in Ping’s 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.

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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.

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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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