March 10, 2012

Ladies & Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Fundraising continues, sparks fly, Keith travels to Palo Alto, a new antenna reaches for the sky, Darren Grove meets Andy Green and Ron Ayers, NAE at COE, highlights of the NW Bonneville Racer’s Association.

It was another very busy and productive weekend as Ed Shadle, Jon Higley, Bernard McVay, Keith Zanghi, Larry Martinson, Dustin Martinson, Chris Greene, Omar Chramosta, Jeremiah Avery, and John Drury met once again and put in a hard day’s work on the North American Eagle™. Working virtual was Brandyn Bayes and Trish Wood.

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Longtime sponsor  Signs By Tomorrow of Huston South has put together a fund raising campaign to help with the $50,000 dollars in fees required by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the other expenses for this year’s speed tests and run for the record. Signs By Tomorrow Huston South makes all those vinyl decals that grace the NAE. See the February 24th update for details. Please consider donating and help us with our test session in early summer.

This Week’s Featured Sponsors

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Welding Sparks Fly

Electrons were flowing this week as Bernard and Chris were both pulling the triggers on the Central Welding Supply / Welders-Direct  MIG, TIG, and Plasma machines. Bernard welded up four tail cone mounting points on the back of the car where the Eagle Machine, Inc. spacer ring is attached. When this was done Larry and Jeremiah ground down the welds to the surrounding area.

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Meanwhile, Chris and Keith were putting together a third antenna tower to support our Tropos Wireless Mesh Routers. Three complete units will be set up along the run course every 2.5 miles to transmit data collected by the PCB Piezotronics data acquisition system and sent to our mission control center.


Steve Wallace was busy running rerouting wire for our Ecliptic Enterprise’s RocketCamTM systems cameras. Just a couple of weeks ago, on February 24th, United Launch Alliance launched an Atlas 5 rocket carrying the MUOS-1 US Navy satellite. The amazing video was captured by RocketCam™ systems cameras.

Keith Meets with Victor Aviation

In the middle of Silicon Valley, surrounded by the towns of Mountain View, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Menlo Park, Livermore, and San Jose,  lies the town of Palo Alto, CA. Silicon Valley is the home to Google, Apple, Motorola, Facebook, Tesla, Nvidia, HP, and Oracle. It is the birthplace of social networking, the personal computer and American made electric cars. In the middle of it all is Stanford University, NASA Ames, Moffitt Field and thousands of internet startups. It is the land of milk and honey… and venture capitalists on Sand Hill Road! It is also home to thousands of other companies leading the world of high tech.

Last weekend Keith met Victor Sloan at Victor Aviation in Palo Alto. Victor Aviation makes world class reciprocating aircraft engines. They are also at the forefront of Cryogenic NDT. With several patents in process, their clients include NASA and defense contractors. Victor showed Keith some new patented processes he has developed  that evenly space out the crystaline structure of metal matrixes. Using EMAT (Electro Magnetic Accustical Transmission) Victor can watch in real time the phase shifts of metal as it is brought to -300 degrees F.  Using Cryogenic NDT, Victor Aviation has analyzed and stress relieved all of the Eagle’s aluminum wheels and LevX® magnetic brake rotors.


Victor Sloan with his Cryogenic chamber


Keith and Victor

Team Meets BloodhoundSSC

While over in England performing wind tunnel testing at the 5 meter QinetiQ facility in Farnborough, Darren Grove got some time to meet up with Cmdr Andy Green and Ron Ayers to discuss some of aeronautical challenges facing the designs of land speed cars today. Ron Ayers is the Chief Aerodynamicist of the ThrustSSC and BloodhoundSSC projects,  Darren Grove isTeam NAE Aerodynamicist,  and Wing Commander Andy Green of the Royal Air Force, driver of ThrustSSC and BloodhoundSSC. Knowledge transfer and open discussions about the underlying physics that play an important roll in the performance and safety of a LSR car were conducted over a few pints of beer at the Sphere Bar.


Left to Right: Ron Ayers, Darren Grove, and Andy Green


The late Ed Drumheller II with Andy Green and Ron Ayers at Speed Week in Bonneville

2011 NW Bonneville Racers Reunion

Last month Ed, Cam, Keith and Dave Haller traveled to Portland, OR and attended the NW Bonneville Races Reunion. Everyone had a great time that included a lot of bench racing, and a tremendous show was  MC’d by Glenn Freudenburger,  with  photos taken  by Ray The Rat. Below is a photo of Ed & Glenn taken by Ray. You can see many more cool photos at The Rat’s Nest. Glenn is one of the photographers documenting another NW land speed car, The Target 550 mph Project. Ray The Rat does the web site.


Glenn Freudenberger and Ed

NAE and Idex Solutions Team Up at COE

Once again, Team NAE will be participating in COE. This will be the fifth COE Annual PLM Conference & TechniFair the team has attended. COE has been bringing together the users of Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions for more than twenty five years.

COE (formerly the CATIA Operators Exchange) is the only international, professional organization uniting the users of Dassault Systèmes software solutions. With thousands of users in hundreds of member companies, representing the aerospace & defense, automotive & transportation, architecture, engineering & construction, energy & process, industrial equipment, consumer goods, consumer packaged goods, ship building, financial & business services, high tech electronics, and life sciences industries. There is no better support community available.

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Bernard Charlès – President and CEO with Philippe Forestier, EVP – Global Affairs & Communities

Joining Ed & Keith will be the newly announced Co-Driver of the North American Eagle™ Valerie Thompson. Please stop by and visit all three at the Idex Solutions Booth.

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The Team at Idex Solutions has been working with the North American Eagle™ engineers since 2006 and is responsible for maintaining our Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 licenses. We look forward to working with the team from Idex Solutions next month in Las Vegas.