Press Release

NASA technology to be featured at Moffett Field Air Show

By SpaceRef Editor
July 31, 2001
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NASA’s cutting-edge research in information technology, aeronautics and
space science will be showcased in a new “Technology Pavilion” during the
Air Show Network’s Air Expo at Moffett Field, Aug. 11-12.

Housed in historic Hangar One, the display will feature a variety of
exhibits highlighting
new and emerging technologies. NASA Ames research will be featured in a
10,000-square-foot interactive display within the Technology Pavilion.

“This event offers NASA an extraordinary opportunity to promote our mission
in information technology and aeronautics,” said Dr. Henry McDonald,
director of NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. “It will also
enable us to develop new strategic partnerships with the private sector.
Through these partnerships, industry will benefit from the advanced
research capabilities we have at this Center, and we will benefit from
their expertise in making our technologies more readily available to the
public,” he said.

“This activity fits in well with our new NASA Research Park initiative,”
explained McDonald. “The NASA Research Park will bring together the best
of Silicon Valley, and the nation, to work with us to accomplish our
mission. A critical element of our mission is to share what we learn with
the public; what better way than through an exciting air show and
exposition, ” McDonald added.

“The Air Expo event will be a tremendous opportunity for NASA to showcase
its latest developments in the areas of aeronautics and information
technology,” said Mountain View Mayor Mario Ambra. “The City of Mountain
View looks forward to this exciting event,” he added.

“The Moffett Field air shows and expositions have long been exciting
opportunities for the public to view both the history and future of
aviation,” said Sunnyvale Mayor Jack Walker. “NASA Ames is continuing that
tradition, as well as offering a chance for the public to glimpse some of
NASA’s newest efforts in aerospace and information technology.”

The Ames information technology display will highlight advances made by
applying the latest techniques in digital technology to real-world problems
and situations. The Ames aeronautics display will feature research aimed
at improving the nation’s air traffic management system to increase
efficiency and reduce delays while maintaining air travel safety. The
science display will showcase the diverse research being conducted at Ames
in astrobiology, medical applications and various experiments and hardware
for the International Space Station.

Featured in the NASA exhibit will be displays highlighting NASA Research
Park and the California Air and Space Center, the space shuttle docking
simulator, intelligent flight control, artificial heart assist pump, air
traffic management tools, rotorcraft and tiltrotors, robots, and the
Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

Among the aerial acts to be featured at the Air Expo will be formation
aerobatics by the Smirnoff Ice MiG-17s; Team Oracle stunt pilot Sean D.
Tucker; Greg Poe in the Crucial Technology Edge 540 and Steve Appleton in a
former RAF Hawker Hunter; a high-speed demonstration by the U.S. Navy’s
F/A-18 demonstration team flying with a World War II era F8F Bearcat; and
sky diving and combat rescue demonstrations by the 129th squadron of the
California Air National Guard. Audiences can see more than 30 aircraft on
display, including NASA’s 747 space shuttle transport, a B-1 Bomber, an
F-117 Stealth Fighter, and the C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft.

“We are pleased to be working with NASA, the premier space and technology
organization in the world, in the development of this important event,”
said Jim Breen, president and founder of The Air Show Network, Carpinteria,
CA. “As the leader in aerospace and technology, the United States should
have a world-class event to showcase its achievements, and we believe the
Air Expo at Moffett Field will be such an event. Located in the heart of
Silicon Valley, Moffett Field offers the finest combination of location and
facilities possible for the development of a world-class event such as
this,” Breen said.

More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the two-day Air Expo, which
will be held from
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. On-site parking is available only with advance
purchase of premier seating at http://www.airshownetwork.com Limited
off-site parking is available at the Juniper Networks, and Lockheed
facilities on Mathilda Road, and free secured bicycle parking will be
offered at the Ellis Street entrance. The VTA will also add additional
service and link CalTrain
with the event at the Mountain View station. For additional information,
call 650/562-3665 or
visit the Air Show Network web site.

Located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, NASA Ames Research
Center encompasses the Moffett Field property formerly occupied by the
Navy. Ames is NASA’s lead center for astrobiology, information technology,
and aviation systems operations and capacity. For more information about
NASA Ames, visit: http://www.arc.nasa.gov/

The Air Show Network is the largest air show producer in North America. The
company has supported more than 600 aviation events during the past 14
years, working with all branches of the U.S. military, as well as the Royal
Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom. The Air
Show Network is owned by Umbrella Entertainment Group, a privately held
company based in Carpinteria, CA. For more information about The Air Show
Network, visit: http://www.airshownetwork.com

SpaceRef staff editor.