Michael Braukus Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1979) Lori Rachul Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH (Phone

: 216/433-8806) RELEASE: 98-180

October 8, 1998

CONFERENCE REVIEWS PROGRESS OF NASA AERONAUTICS PROGRAM One year ago, NASA set ten bold aeronautics and space transportation goals that will have a dramatic impact on the United States into the 21st Century. On Friday, Oct. 9, 1998, NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH, will host the inaugural "Turning Goals Into Reality" conference to present the progress being made toward those goals. NASA representatives, university and industry partners, who developed the ten outcome-based goals, along with airlines, aircraft maintenance companies, air cargo firms and other government organizations, will come together to review and assess NASA's technology programs, partnerships and overall progress. Panel discussions geared to each of the three "Pillars" -Global Civil Aviation, Revolutionary Technology Leaps and Access to Space -- will be led by NASA Center Directors: Jerry Creedon, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA; Henry McDonald, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA; and Deputy Director Carolyn Griner, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL. Panelists will include representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), General Electric, The Boeing Co., Williams International, Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin Corp., Orbital Sciences Corp. and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Some of the innovations and technological breakthroughs achieved over the past year also will be displayed in the Lewis hangar. Researchers from NASA and industry will be on hand to discuss their accomplishments and the benefits people can expect to see as these technologies enter into the marketplace. As part of this inaugural annual conference, NASA will present awards to industry and university and government teams that have made significant contributions or accomplishments in

aviation research. This year's NASA Administrator's Award will be presented to the Center-TRACON Automation System Team of NASA's Ames Research Center, Langley Research Center and the FAA for its accomplishments in improving aviation system capacity. The other award recipients include: For accomplishments in aviation safety - The NASA Airframe Structural Integrity Program Team, including NASA's Langley Research Center; Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Company; Cornell University and the University of Texas. For accomplishments in environmental compatibility/emissions The High-Speed Research Combustor Configuration Team of NASA's Lewis Research Center, GE Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney. For accomplishments in environmental compatibility/noise - The Advanced Subsonic Transport Engine Systems Noise Reduction Team of NASA's Langley Research Center, and Lewis Research Center; FAA; Allison Engine Company; AlliedSignal Engines; AYT Corporation; Boeing Commercial Airplane Group; Fluidyne; BF Goodrich Aerospace; GE Aircraft Engines; Lockheed Martin; Northrop Grumman; NYMA; Pratt & Whitney; Virginia Consortium of Engineering and Science Universities. For accomplishments in affordable air travel - The Composite Wing Team of NASA's Langley Research Center and Boeing Commercial Airplane Group. For accomplishments in high-speed travel - The PETI-5 Development team of NASA's Langley Research Center. For accomplishments in general aviation - The Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments Consortium (AGATE) of NASA's Langley and Lewis Research Centers, AGATE Alliance and the FAA. For accomplishments in next-generation design tools and experimental aircraft - The APNASA Development Team of NASA's Lewis Research Center; U. S. Army Vehicle Technology Center; U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate; Allison Engine Co.; AlliedSignal Engines; GE Aircraft Engines; ASE Technologies; OAI and NYMA.

For accomplishments in affordable access to space - The X33/Reusable Launch Vehicle Propellant Densification Team of NASA's Lewis Research Center, Kennedy Space Center, and Marshall Space Flight Center; Sierra Lobo Inc.; Gilchrest; The Boeing Co.; Analex; ADF; and Lockheed Martin Michoud Space Systems. In order to provide an opportunity for the AgencyÕs stakeholders, the general public, educators and students to participate, the conference will be cybercast live through NASA's Learning Technologies Channel. To participate visit: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/Itc/lewis/tgir/index.html Additional activities, NASA Facts, educational resources and the Aeronautics and Space Transportation Technology Annual Progress Report 1997-98, can be found on the conference Web site at: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/aero/conf98/ - end -