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NAE™ Project: Update

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August 28, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Another great summer day at the Eagles Nest as Keith Zanghi, Ed Shadle, Steve Wallace, Tom Tiede and Chris Greene met to work on the North American Eagle™.

This week Keith and Tom started work on some ballistic mid-wheel barriers being installed at each of the two mid-wheel locations. The new wheel wells have two primary purposes. First to keep the buildup of desert playa from building up in the wheel well area. Second a little more protection for debris flying up in the wheel well cavity. The work went flawlessly as we used our Lincoln Welders from Central Welding Supply and, The team has used equipment and consumables from Central Welding Supplies for a long time. With over 19 locations in the Puget Sound area, we are never very far away from a dealer.

Steve stop by to return some Topcon GNSS telemetry that we used in the Dave Green's Lakester at Bonneville Salt Flats during Speed Week. The system was right out of the Eagle and provided highly accurate data that replicated the miles and miles of wires used by the SCTA and BNI to record timing at Speed Week. The Topcon Positioning System works in conjunction with our PCB Piezotronics Data Acquisition system. The entire data stream is sent via the airways over Tropos® IP Broadband Mesh Network.

 Ed continue his major overhaul of the parachute deployment systems. All new wires and connectors will provide a safe, reliable system when complete. Corrosion from previous test sessions had compromised the system, and complete rewire was in order. The Optima Batteries from Interstate Batteries was installed and next week the system should be ready for functional tests.

The team ordered some new Lenovo ThinkStations for our Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis. Lenovo ThinkStations are the only desktop computer available that handle the massive computations needed for this important work. When the systems arrive we will load with Dassault Systèmes CATIVA V5 R19 software, Geomagic Software and CFD Software. During our test sessions in October, 18 air ports on the outside of the Eagle will provide pressure data that will be used to put in actuals on our CFD model.

In June Micah Carter using an ATOS 3D Digitizer captured the car with over 20 million points. He took over 500 high resolution photos in a process called photogrammetry that ties all the scans together. The work performed by the folks from Capture 3D was sent to Troy Ashby at Geomagic Software who converted the huge point cloud into surfaces. Don Mitchell, our Eagle Programmer can now manipulate the model in Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 R19 software.

This data is what we will use in the CFD Software to analyze the transonic shock waves that will develop as Ed approaches Mach 0.8. Look for a major announcement in the next couple weeks regarding our CFD Software.

Team North American Eagle™ just received some new photo cards printed by South Island Print Services in Vancouver BC. South Island Print Services provides custom printing of business cards, stationery and posters for Team NAE™.

Next week Ed and Keith will give a presentation to the Alfifi Shriners in Tacoma Washington. Look for an update in next week.

The team is getting very excited as work details are coming to an end in preparation for an upcoming test session in October. We'll have more information in the coming weeks.

The Bookstand


Now available for sale is Colonel Joe Kittinger's new book Come Up and Get Me: An Autobiography of Colonel Joseph Kittinger is can be purchased on A longtime friend of the North American Eagle, we consider Col Joe a consultant, who advises us on technical matters regularly.

On the Newsstands

If you own a Falcon Business Jet, then you have seen the North American Eagle in the latest issue of Falconer Magazine, Issue 36 / 2010. If you're not lucky enough to own a multi-million dollar business jet, the you can read The Quest To Be The Fastest Car On Earth written by Grant Kielczewski, Managing Editor on line. It features extraordinary photos of our July 2009 test session at The Black Rock Desert, and tells the story of tenacity and resourcefulness as our team challenges the 763 mph world land speed record.


Intel Solid State Drive Videos

If  you haven't seen them yet now would be a good time to watch the videos we did with Intel promoting their indestructible Solid State Drives.

F-104 decals

For All you F-104 Scale Model Builders

Tony Landis from NASA Dryden sent us this information. Rocketeer Decal, a manufacturer of scale model decals now offer a decal sheet that includes turning your 1/72 F-104 model with the livery of 56-0763. Cool huh?

We know a lot of our fans are on facebook.  Now the North American Eagle™ is on facebook!   In fact many of our team members are also!  Tell your friends! It's fun!

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