In this Update:  Trailer readied for the road; Work on car continues;  System checks in progress; Test run preparations underway

 Today’s Featured Sponsors

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A large turnout for this Saturday’s work:  Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, Keith Zanghi, John Winchester, Steve Wallace, Chris Greene and cousin, Layne Smith, Andrew Kirk, Bernard McVay, Larry Martinson, Bill Eckberg, Brandyn Bayes,  Rich Pengelley, Omar Chramosta, and Jon Higley.

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Dog lovers were revealed as Bernard celebrated “Bring your dog to work day”, bringing Grizzy along for a return visit.  Keith jumped at a photo op chance and Ed displayed the Greyhound Owner decal on his van’s window.  He recently adopted another rescue Greyhound.

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Work began in getting the transport trailer in order, removing stored equipment that won’t be needed on the trip South; and Ed traced down and replaced a faulty switch for the overhead crane.

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Keith led the construction and welding of new cross fuselage support members that beef up the rear axle assembly. They help distribute and reduce torsion forces.  Many thanks again to our welding sponsors Central Welding Supply, Pacific Welding Supply and 

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Bill, Steve and Ed were busy with the wiring of heat sensor units for the magnetic brakes. Rich Pengelley and Ed took on the task of purging and resetting the hydraulic brake lines.  John Winchester and Chris were looking at the parachute packing needs.

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John Winchester prepares parachute spacers

Bernard and Larry inspected and loaded up the fire fighting tanks.  Bernard picked up two 5 gallon buckets of 3% AFFF Buckeye Platinum foam concentrate provided by our good friends at Western Fire & Safety Company.  Our 125 gallon units can lay down 5 minutes worth of highly effective AFFF fire retardent foam. The on board David Clark Communication System was plugged in and voice tested.   Much discussion was held on the down range antenna array for the upcoming test runs and into the future as run distance and speeds ramp up.  All in all it was a long and busy work session as the test run date approaches.

New Computational Fluid Dynamic Graphics

Our aerodynamics team of Darren Grove, Ron Doll, Rex Walter, and Mike Thoe have been busy studying the aerodynamic flow patterns around the North American Eagle™;  called computational fluid dynamics or more commonly called CFD.  This work is being done on high end Lenovo ThinkStations and ThinkPads using 3Dconnexion SpacePilot™ Pro 3D mouse;  the use of Pointwise CFD mesh and grid generating pre-processing software;  then Metacomp Technologies CFD++ flow solver software;  and finally put in a graphic form using CEI EnSight post-processing visualization software. It is the absolute best suite of software tools for building land speed cars and aerospace vehicles.  Below are two examples of the work being done on the rear parachute fairings.  From ideas to computer and, next week,  to hardware, look for installation of the new rear fairing in next week’s update.

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NAE alvord setup CFDmesh aft undercarriage fairing

New iOS App

Android smart phone users have been using the NAE™ App for several months.  Now iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users can download the free app!  Read all the updates, and view photos and video from your smart phone. iOS 6 will be available immediately following the public release on Wednesday September 19th.

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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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Lenovo Video

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