Scientists Complain NASA Is Neglecting Air For Space | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 07.29.14/Oshkosh Day 2! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.29.14/Oshkosh Day 2 **
** Airborne 07.28.14/Oshkosh Day 1! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.28.14/Oshkosh Day 1 **

Tue, Jun 20, 2006

Scientists Complain NASA Is Neglecting Air For Space

Aeronautics Research Suffers During Budget Crisis

Is NASA's quest for an increased presence in space neglecting the very foundation those journeys will be built upon? Some scientists say yes... that stellar myopia is causing NASA to let go of aeronautics research that has allowed the United States to maintain a worldwide lead in aviation for years.

The reason? Budgetary concerns, of course... and with only so much funding to go around, NASA's higher-profile projects are getting the bulk of the funds.

"[The aeronautics] budget is just going to suffer horrendously," said Alex Roland, a professor of technology history at Duke University. "I don't know if it will disappear... [but] I wouldn't want to depend on NASA anytime soon for aeronautics research."

While you may not see a NASA logo on your airplane, or the next commercial airliner you fly on... items such as deicing technology and composite fan blades have their roots in NASA research.

Another NASA-supported project -- the Small Aircraft Transport System, or SATS -- has been called nothing less than the future of private aviation... and some fear without NASA lending a hand, both general and commercial aviation will suffer.

"It's certainly a concern because who's going to pick up the gap," said Christina Frederick-Recascino, associate provost at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which has partnered with NASA on aeronautics research, and counts the agency as one of its top three funders.

USA Today reports several NASA labs are already feeling the pinch.

Personnel at Ohio's Glenn Research Center, Langley Research Center in Virginia, and California's Ames and Dryden Flight research centers were reportedly stung by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's comments earlier this month, that the fate of aeronautics is akin to that of slide rule makers in the United States.

"The last slide rule maker went out of business I think in 1975," Griffin said June 5, when declaring what roles the agency's labs would play in developing the next-generation Crew Exploration Vehicle. "We simply are not doing all of the things that all of our centers once did."

As Aero-News reported, each of those labs received projects associated with the CEV. However, Griffin added the aeronautics heritage of those facilities "just doesn't fit" with NASA's new goals... and if those labs want to see continued funding, they'd better adapt... and quickly.

Lisa Porter, NASA's associate administrator for aeronautics, maintains the agency is not giving up on aircraft... but is instead focusing more on long-term research. With a sharper focus on cutting edge priorities, Porter asserts, NASA's future goals will focus on areas such as ATC advancements and hypersonic flight.

Still, for scientists working in the field, morale has suffered... with many wondering if NASA has forgotten that it's the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

FMI: www.nasa.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 07.25.14: Global Flight Tragedy, Blue Angel Update, GA's Next Big Thing

Also: Eve Of Oshkosh, WomenVenture, Garmin Flight Stream, AEA Pilot's Guide The father-son duo of Babar Suleman and 17-year-old Haris Suleman of Plainfield Indiana had planned thei>[...]

IMC CLubs Leads The Way To OSH14 Special Event Coverage

IMC Clubs: Building Instrument Proficiency Through Community When it comes to flying, there is no substitute for proficiency and training. And maybe nowhere is that more important >[...]

Electrifying OSH2014 Sponsor: Concorde Batteries

Concorde Charges Up Our Oshkosh 2014 Coverage! Concorde Battery Corporation has been in the battery manufacturing business for over 30 years and is the world leader in Valve Regula>[...]

Innovative OSH14 Sponsor, iFlightPlanner, Provides Expert Guidance

What is iFlightPlanner? iFlightPlanner is general aviation’s most comprehensive suite of easy-to-use flight planning tools for private and corporate pilots. Featuring iFlight>[...]

OSH2014 Sponsor: Eclipse Aerospace -- In Full Production!

The Eclipse 550: Economical. Efficient. Incredible. The Eclipse 550 not only has the lowest acquisition cost of any twin-engine jet on the planet, it also has the lowest operating >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC