National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Week 9 Summary

By Andrew A. and Anup

Week 9 Photos

Sunday July 26th, 2009

Sunday was a very quiet day at the Stud. The weary Academyites elected not to go to Dayton that day, and so canceled their trip. Instead they opted to sleep in and catch up on their rest. Much of the day was spent on group project work. Everyone diligently worked on their portion of the group project report for much of the afternoon and evening. Adam and his girlfriend had spent some good quality time hanging out earlier in the day. Otherwise, nothing particularly eventful happened on Sunday, which was a nice breather for the group.

Monday July 27th, 2009

We went to Sandusky and toured Plum Brook Research Station, a 6,400 acre facility where large scale tests are conducted. The group toured the Space Power facility and the Spacecraft Propulsion Research facility. After this the group went back to GRC and worked for a few hours on individual projects. At 4:30, the group came to building 49 to work on the group project. The crew stayed a bit later, until they could do no more, and made their way back to the Stud.

Tuesday July 28th, 2009

On Tuesday the group went to breakfast. Andrew H. had discovered a great secret to breakfast, the over-easy egg, and now many of the other folks were getting it every morning. After work, the group met Vince Bilardo, a project manager for Ares I-X. After the talk, the group went back down into the basement of 49. Vince came for a little while so the group could show him what they were working on, and it turned out that he was intrigued by the work we had done so far.

Wednesday July 29th, 2009

Wednesday was a typical one at Glenn. After breakfast we all wandered off to work on individual projects all day. Anup wanted to eat lunch and so he did with Jon. After work on individual projects, we again all went to building 49 after work and worked on the group project.

Thursday July 30th, 2009

The day began with a breathtaking breakfast bonanza as the Glennterns hurried to their cars in order to get to the Glenn cafeteria. Voting for the Wall of Fame was conducted with Carmen Sandiego, Colour Clocks (the British spelling was important), and Bonnie and Clyde.

After work, the gang headed down to the basement of 49 to begin an official test of the rail gun. Speed data was acquired using the video camera and a makeshift ruler. Andrew A. and Harkirat worked on deriving some complicated physics equations which described how the current rail gun design worked.

In the middle of all this excitement, Anup broke into the room and informed the group that we we could not stay past the time Dr. Kankam stayed, which was 7 p.m. Unfortunately, this was not enough time to perform all the tests required. I guess the heroic Glennterns will have to finish some other day.

Upon returning to the Stud, Andrew A. decided to get a hair cut, but had them all cut instead. Jamie, sporting a fashionable bath robe, inducted Bonnie and Clyde to the Wall of Fame, while Harkirat and Brendan inducted Colour Clocks and Carmen Sandiego, respectively.

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Friday was another fun-filled day for the eager Glennterns. The morning was filled with breakfast conversations concerning CNN and its lack of relevant newscasting. Since nothing overly interesting was happening, the group decided to head to work promptly at 8:00 a.m. Harkirat and Jamie headed over to the Cleveland Clinic around midday to participate in an activity there, while the rest of the gang, minus Kristin, went to the CEV talk at the Visitor Center. The air conditioner above Joe Shaw’s office developed a leak and Kristin was the only around to take care of the issue.

Kathy Schubert gave the talk about the Orion, the Crew Exploration Vehicle.

In the afternoon the gang headed down to Panera Bread to listen to an Academy alum from Ames 2000, Ames staff 2001, and Goddard staff 2006, named Natacha Chough, talk about Aerospace Medicine. The talk was very interesting and informative, especially for Jamie and Harkirut who were very engaged in the biological side of things. Natacha hung out with the group for the evening, as well as introduced a number of them to the wonders of Twitter and tweeting.

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

The group worked on group project stuff all day. We were lucky to get a guy in the ballistics lab to escort us around the lab and act as our sponsor for the day. Chuck ended up being a great resource for us as he let us use one of the high-speed cameras and offered advice on how to test our experiment. This was probably the most productive group project day to date. Afterwards, a set of us went to Fatheads for dinner. Harkirat met up with one of her friends, and it was a quiet evening.