Suborbital Astronautics Workshop

Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, TX — June 20-24, 2011 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL — July 18-22, 2011 AERO Institute, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Palmdale, CA — July 25-29, 2011

US companies are developing the next generation of space vehicles. Suborbital reusable launch vehicles (RLVs) will bring about a revolution in low-cost access to space. In the near future, these vehicles will enable thousands of Americans to fly in space and create jobs for the next generation of space pilots. Some of those future pilots may be students in your own school right now. Developed by Teachers in Space, in cooperation with NASA and other partners, the Suborbital Astronautics Workshop will provide secondary-level STEM teachers with a glimpse into the exciting world that awaits these new space pilots. Participating teachers will experience an unpowered aircraft flight to simulate the glide landing of a suborbital orbital vehicle such as the Lynx, now under development by XCOR Aerospace. Later, they will have a chance to fly a flight simulator developed by XCOR to train Lynx pilots. Instruction will be by expert pilots, including Col. Rick Searfoss, former NASA Shuttle commander and XCOR chief test pilot. At the conclusion of the workshop, teachers will receive a copy of the Lynx simulator software to take back to the classroom. This workshop is presented at no charge to participating teachers. Subsidized housing will be available for $14 per night (shared rooms). Meals are not provided, but a limited number of stipends will be available to defray meal and transportation costs. If you require a travel stipend, you are urged to apply early. The deadline for workshop applications is April 15, but selection may close early based on the number and quality of applications received. Only 25 spaces are available in each workshop, so apply today.

Workshop topics • Principles of unpowered aircraft flight • Aviation weather • Theory of flight simulation • Off-the-shelf flight-simulation software • Principles of rocket propulsion • Structure and characteristics of the upper atmosphere and near-Earth space • Spaceflight dynamics • Space math • Classroom applications • Much more For application forms and additional information, visit:

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