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NASA Selects First Payloads For Upcoming Reduced-Gravity Flights

May 13, 2011

Sonja Alexander 
Headquarters, Washington                                         

Leslie Williams 
Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. 

Rachel Hoover 
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. 

RELEASE: 11-147


WASHINGTON -- NASA has selected 16 payloads for flights on the 
commercial Zero-G parabolic aircraft and two suborbital reusable 
launch vehicles as part of the agency's Flight Opportunities Program. 
The flights provide opportunities for space technologies to be 
demonstrated and validated in relevant environments. In addition, 
these flights foster the development of the nation's commercial 
reusable suborbital transportation industry. 

The payloads and teams from ten states and the District of Columbia 
were selected from applications received in response to a NASA call 
issued last December. Of the payloads, 12 will ride on parabolic 
aircraft flights; two on suborbital reusable launch vehicle test 
flights; and two on both platforms. 

"Through our Flight Opportunities Program, NASA is able to align 
research and technology payloads with commercially-available flights 
to mature technologies that will benefit America's future in space," 
said Bobby Braun, NASA chief technologist at NASA Headquarters in 
Washington. "This program allows researchers, technologists and 
innovators to help NASA meet our future mission needs while infusing 
new knowledge and capabilities into our nation's universities, 
laboratories and space industry." 

The commercial Zero-G aircraft payloads will fly during a weeklong 
campaign from Houston's Ellington Field in mid-July. The suborbital 
reusable launch vehicle payloads will fly on the Xaero, developed by 
Masten Space Systems of Mojave, Calif., and the Super Mod, developed 
by Armadillo Aerospace of Heath, Texas. These selected payloads will 
fly on test flights scheduled throughout 2011. 
Selected payloads to fly on both platforms: 

--"Investigation to Determine Rotational Stability of On-Orbit 
Propellant Storage and Transfer Systems Undergoing Operational Fuel 
Transfer Scenarios" from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 
Daytona Beach, Fla., NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., and United 
Launch Alliance, Centennial, Colo.; Sathya Gangadharan, project 
manager (PM) 
--"Printing the Space Future" from Made In Space Inc., Moffett Field, 
Calif.; Jason Dunn, principal investigator (PI) 
Selected suborbital reusable launch vehicle payloads: 
--"Electromagnetic Field Measurements on Suborbital Launch Vehicles" 
from Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, Md.; 
Todd Smith and Lars Dyrud, co-PI 
--"Precision Landing Exploration Technology (PLANET) Demonstration" 
from Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., Cambridge, Ma., and 
NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston; Douglas Zimpfer, PM; Tye Brady, 
Selected parabolic payloads: 
--Crew-Autonomous Biological Telemetric experiment from the University 
of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; Robert Ferl and Anna-Lisa Paul, co-PIs 

--Advanced, Two-Phase, Space Heat Exchangers Design Tools experiment 
from the University of Maryland, College Park; Jungho Kim and Serguei 
Dessiatoun, co-PIs 
--Thermosyphon Array with Controlled Operation experiment from NASA's 
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland. Donald Jawaorske, PI 
--Radio Frequency Mass Gauge experiment from Glenn; Gregory Zimmerli, 
--Grey Water Purification using Control Moment Gyroscopes from 
Kennedy, Glenn and the ASRC Aerospace Corp., Greenbelt, Md.; Walt 
Turner, PM 
--Indexing Media Filtration experiment from Glenn, Aerfil LLC, 
Filtration Group Inc, Joliet, Ill., and ASRC Aerospace; Gary Ruff, PM 

--Autonomous Robotic Capture from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, 
Greenbelt, Md.; West Virginia University, Morgantown; the U.S. Naval 
Research Laboratory, Washington and Yasakawa America Inc., Waukegan, 
Ill.; Thomas Evans, PM 
--Validation of Atomization Mechanism and Droplet Transport for a 
Portable Fire Extinguisher from Glenn, ADA Technologies Inc, 
Littleton, Colo., and the Colorado School of Mines, Golden; Jim Butz, 
--Cryocooler Vibrational Characterization from Ad Astra Rocket Co. 
Webster, Texas; Benjamin Longmier, PI 
--Monitoring Radiation-Induced DNA Degradation from Kennedy; Howard 
Levine, PI 
--EHD-Pumped Two-Phase Loops experiment from the Air Force Research 
Laboratory and Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.; Greg Busch, Sam 
Sinnamon and Andrew Williams, co-PIs 
--Electric Field Effects on Pool Boiling Heat Transfer experiments 
from the University of Maryland and University of Pisa, Italy; Jungho 
Kim and Paolo DiMarco, co-PIs 

NASA will continue to accept Flight Opportunities Program proposals 
until Dec. 31, 2014. NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist directs 
the Flight Opportunities Program, which is managed at NASA's Dryden 
Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif. NASA's Ames Research Center 
at Moffett Field, Calif., manages the payload activities for the 
program. For more information on the Flight Opportunities program, 



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