July 6, 2007
The NASA Glenn Academy was given their own private tour of the Engine Component Research Lab at NASA Glenn. There were two pieces of equipment being tested; both were for U.S. Army purposes. First, there was an apache helicopter engine in a wind tunnel, where air was passed over the compressor blades. The goal was to prevent stall at the tip of the blades.
The second set up was a small off-the-shelf model engine that could be used for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The engine was tested using a more economic, efficient fuel and its performance was analyzed. The Academy was also shown the control room; the walls were covered with switches, monitors, and circuitry.