NASA Daily News Summary For Release: May 13, 1999 Media Advisory m99-096 Summary: -- News Release

: Synthetic Vision Could Help Pilots Steer Clear of Fatalities -- Video File for May 13, 1999 -- Upcoming Live Interview Opportunity: Synthetic Vision, May 14 ***** SYNTHETIC VISION COULD HELP PILOTS STEER CLEAR OF FATALITIES NASA and industry are developing revolutionary cockpit displays to give airplane crews clear views of their surroundings in bad weather and darkness, which could help prevent deadly aviation accidents. NASA has selected six industry teams to create Synthetic Vision, a virtualreality display system for cockpits, offering pilots an electronic picture of what's outside their windows, no matter the weather or time of day. Contact at Headquarters: Michael Braukus, 202/358-1979; Contact at Langley: Kathy Barnstorff, 757/864-9886. For full text of the release: If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will e-mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: ***** Video File for May 13, 1999 ITEM 1 SHUTTLE HAIL DAMAGE ITEM 2 SYNTHETIC VISION (TRT 06:57) ITEM 3 HUBBLE FINDS LENSES IN SPACE (TRT 03:00 APPROX.) ***** ITEM 1 Shuttle Hail Damage Space Shuttle Discovery sustained hail damage from a severe weekend

storm. If Shuttle managers determine that all repair efforts can be completed at the launch pad, the additional work will not impact Discovery's May 20 launch date from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL. However, if evaluations reveal that significant work must be performed in the Vehicle Assembly Building, the launch date could be delayed by one week. Contact at Headquarters: Jennifer McCarter: 202/358-1639; Contact at Kennedy: Joel Wells, 407/867-2468. ***** ITEM 2 Synthetic Vision (TRT 06:57) Item 2A Cockpit Technologies Animation NASA is developing two innovative cockpit technologies -- Aviation Weather Information to give pilots timely moving weather map displays and Synthetic Vision to give pilots an electronic picture of terrain, traffic and obstacles. Item 2B Synthetic Vision Simulator The deadliest aviation accidents happen in poor visibility. NASA is working with industry teams to create Synthetic Vision for pilots. NASA will use a simulator to develop concepts for Synthetic Vision and to evaluate and assess them. Item 2C Airplane b-roll Footage shows airplanes taxiing on the runway, taking off and landing when visibility is poor -- during inclement weather and at night. Item 2D Interview excerpts: Michael Lewis, NASA Aviation Safety Program Director, Langley Research Center. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Michael Braukus, 202/358-1979; Contact at NASA Langley: Kathy Barnstorff, 757/864-9886. ***** ITEM 3 Hubble Finds Lenses in Space (TRT 03:00 approx.) The NASA Hubble Space Telescope survey of the sky has uncovered exotic patterns, rings, arcs and crosses that are optical mirages produced by a gravitational lens, nature's equivalent to a giant magnifying glass in space. For more information, visit:

Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute: Cheryl Gundy, 410/3384707. ***** UPCOMING LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: Synthetic Vision Will Reduce Airline Fatalities, May 14 TOPIC: The deadliest accidents for airliners and small aircraft happen in poor visibility -- either at night, in bad weather or both. The NASA Aviation Safety Program is working to put an end to those kinds of accidents. NASA and aviation industry teams are developing Synthetic Vision, a revolutionary cockpit display system that would use new and existing technologies to give pilots a clear, electronic picture of what's outside their windows no matter what the weather or time of day. TALENT: Michael Lewis, NASA Aviation Safety Program Director TIME: May 14, 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT To book an interview, contact Ivelisse Gilman, 757/864-5036. ***** The NASA Video File airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight Eastern Time. NASA Television is available on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz. Refer general questions about the video file to NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo, 202/358-4555, or Pam Poe, 202/358-0373. During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will continue to be posted at: For general information about NASA TV see: ***** Contract Awards Contract awards are posted to the NASA Acquisition Information Service Web site: ***** The NASA Daily News Summary is issued each business day at approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time. Members of the media who wish to subscribe or unsubscribe from this list, please send e-mail message to: ***** end of daily news summary