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July 18, 1990

NASA TO FEATURE AERONAUTICS AND SPACE AT EAA CONVENTION NASA returns to Oshkosh, Wis., July 27-Aug. 2 for the 38th Annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) International Fly-In Convention and Sport Aviation Exhibition with a new exhibit entitled "NASA: Technology for America's Future." The exhibit will showcase the technologies being developed for future flight vehicles for safer, more efficient flight and for space science and exploration. A highlight of the exhibit is the NASA/USAF X-29 forward-swept-wing research aircraft, scheduled for one of its first public displays away from its Southern California base. NASA's participation also includes the return of technical forum speakers and the NASA craftsmanship display. Supporting the NASA exhibit are the agency's aeronautics field centers, Ames Research Center, Mountain View, Calif., Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, Calif.; Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.; and Lewis Research Center, Cleveland. Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., will provide its SARSAT van, a mobile exhibit that tells the story of the Search And Rescue Satellite System. NASA's AEROVAN traveling aeronautics exhibit also will make an appearance. Throughout the 7-day convention, visitors to the NASA exhibit will be treated to a wide range of display topics, aircraft and spacecraft models and research hardware.

The first X-29 jet research aircraft will be displayed in front of the NASA exhibit building. Its distinctive wing design and other advanced aerodynamic, structural and avionic technologies were tested during 242 flights over a broad range of speeds. A second X-29 continues to gather data on maneuverability at high angles-of-attack (a nose-high attitude relative to the flight path). - more -2There will be no aerial demonstration of the X-29 at the air show. Pilots and support staff will be available to answer questions. Inside the exhibit building, visitors will see new vehicle shapes, materials and propulsion concepts. They will see how advances in supercomputers give NASA researchers breakthrough computational codes that can better predict flight performance. The exhibit will depict NASA's research on weather-related safety factors such as icing, heavy rain and windshear avoidance, as well as studies involving human interaction in the flight process. The space science area will highlight NASA's Great Observatories, four missions that may radically alter knowledge about the universe. And because humans will be assisted by robots in performing many tasks associated with the operation of Space Station Freedom, examples of recent achievements in robotics technology will be displayed. Vehicles being developed for short-haul space transportation also will be exhibited. More than 2 dozen NASA speakers will participate in technical forums during the EAA convention, covering subjects as diverse as "Research Results Using the World's Largest Motion-Base Piloted Simulator", "Environmental Aspects of the High Speed Civil Transport" and "The Dream Continues - Back to the Moon and On to Mars." Back by popular demand is a NASA craftsmanship exhibition operated by technicians from Langley and Lewis research centers. The presentation spotlights fabrication crafts with displays of selected metal and composite structures, aeronautical models, test equipment and data measurement hardware.

For 75 years, the research centers of NASA and its predecessor agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, have led the world in aeronautical research and technology development. Today, NASA scientists and engineers work closely with industry and universities to continue that tradition, developing technology for America's future in aeronautics throughout the speed regime from hover to hypersonic flight. - end NOTES TO EDITORS: To reach a NASA public affairs representative at the EAA convention, phone 414/235-5424. Background briefings on selected subjects will be conducted at 10 a.m., Friday through Monday.

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