In this update: A new year begins and Ping Fu is in the news…again..and again…and again!

 Today’s Featured Sponsors

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With the start of 2013 upon us, John Winchester, Steve Wallace, Sam Yellowbird, Omar Chramosta, Jon Higley, John Winchester, John Drury, Keith Zanghi and Ed Shadle were on hand for another day of working on the North American Eagle™


 Steve Wallace

Steve worked in the electrical bay preparing the way for a new data aquisition system.  Look for a new sponsor announcement later this week. Utilizing extensive sensors provided by PCB Piezotronics, the new unit will be more robust and save weight.  Omar, Jon and Keith masked off the back of the car in preparation for some touchup paint. Sam took measurements on a new hydraulic pump that will be used to charge the hydraulic steering system.  John Winchester has been busy at home, making some modifications to the deployment bags for the parachute system.  John Drury did some work on the nose cone’s forward station mounting bolts.


Omar Chramosta prepares a section for painting


 Sam Yellowbird


John Winchester


John Drury

Sunday January 6th


Ed, John, Bill, Don, Steve Green, Steve Wallace, and Darren

Some of the team members met on Sunday for a debriefing on the last Alvord Desert test session.  An analysis of each of the test runs was presented by Darren. Numerous changes were made in preparation for our next test session.  It was a long and productive meeting.


CMOS Xray provides gamma and X-ray analyses of critical components.  This can be done in the field. For example, all of the North American Eagle™ wheels will be X-rayed before each run.

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 announce 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.  It is a 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.

“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.

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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