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2010 NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference

Papers of the 2010 NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference are organized within nine tracks: Aviation and Aerodynamics, Avionics and Software, Ground Systems, National Security Aviation and Space Systems, Space Commerce, Space Exploration, Space Research of NSBE, Space Science, and Systems Engineering.  Links to papers are contained on this page, within each track.


Aviation and Aerodynamics

The Aviation and Aerospace Research track includes design, experiments, studies, and applications related to general and commercial aviation as well as results in both computational and theoretical aerodynamics.

1 Aeroelastic Studies of a Rectangular Wing with a Hole: Correlation of Theory and Experiment   Howard J. Conyers , Earl H. Dowell, Kenneth C. Hall
2 A Hybrid Neural Network Finite Element Scheme for Prediction of Crack Orientation on a Curved Panel Cameron W. Coates
3 Using XML to Integrate Aircraft Mechanical 3D CAD Data into a Visual Repository of Tessellated, Articulated 3D Geometry George W. Earle, Sourajit Guha
4 Improving Flight Safety through Aircraft Simulation Instruction   Ronald H. Freeman
5 Multidisciplinary Optimization of Small Battery-Powered Aircraft for Maximum Range Flight   Kevin W. Reynolds, Ilan M. Kroo
6 Motion Capture and Photogrammetry System Hybridization for Dynamic In-Flight Tracking and Measurement Marcus Jameson, David Rogers, Christopher Allen, Joseph Blandino, Alan Jennings, Daniel Magree, S. Adam Pollock, Jonathan Black
7 Aerodynamic Characterization of Scale Model Aircraft using 5 DOF Dynamic Test Rig   N. K. Peyada, M. K. Dhiman, A. K. Ghosh
8 Statistical Modeling of Interactions between Gas Molecules and Pulsed Optical Lattices   Cedrick Ngalande, Sergey Gimelshein, Mikhail Shneider
9 A Concept for Intelligent Fault Detection Using a Multi-resolution Analysis   Ousmane Diallo, Dimitri Mavris, Ph.D.
10 Solution of the von Karman-Howarth Equation by Gradient Flux Approximation   James F. Willie


Avionics and Software

The Avionics and Software track encompasses papers related to sensors for cryogenic lunar and space applications, high-temperature microsystems for use in aerospace vehicle engines, viable alternatives to existing calibration sources for on-orbit sensors and their characterization, flight software topics on architecture for onboard space vehicle systems management and assessment of onboard memory usage for deep space probes, and communications topics addressing delay-tolerant networking, software-defined radio and related challenges encountered when conducting planetary analog field trials.

1 SiGe-based Reconfigurable Current Sensor for Lunar Applications   Obadiah Kegege, Matt Barlow, Alan Mantooth
2 Silicon Carbide Microsystems for Engine Applications   Robert S. Okojie
3 IR LED Calibration Sources for Space Applications   John Silny, Cherizar Walker, Jason Smith
4 Vehicle Systems Management on Orion   CreShenda Tia’ Sands
5 Analysis of Spacecraft Macro Memory Usage on the New Horizons and the MESSENGER Space Programs Donna Williams
6 Considerations in Configuring Spans for the Licklider Transmission Protocol   Amalaye Oyake
7 An Aside on Autonomous Modulation Classification for SDR   Clarence Weston, James E. Whitney, II, Richard Carr
8 Communications Challenges in Field Research Activities   Ray Gilstrap


Ground Systems

The Ground Systems track encompasses descriptions of ground facilities and systems in use and under development including vehicle launch processing and pad facilities, facilities used to test and verify aerospace subsystem prior to launch as well as approaches to emulating aerospace system operating environments including regolith simulants, environmental chambers, testbeds, mockups, and devices for crewenvironmental chambers, testbeds, mockups, and devices for crew or human in the loop training. 

1 Launching the Future… Constellation Program at KSC   Erik C. Denson
2 Human Factors Evaluations of Two-Dimensional Spacecraft Conceptual Layouts   Robert L. Howard, Jr., Ph.D.
3 Thermal Vacuum Testing: Test Preparation   Michael A. McCullar
4 Lunar Regolith Control and Resource Utilization   Ronald G. Pirich, Michael A. DiGiuseppe


National Security Aviation and Space Systems

The National Security Aviation and Space Systems track is comprised of papers covering human factors associated with enhancements to modern Navy aircraft, impact assessment of modular open systems on a long standing Air Force bomber program, the merits of radar simulation tools supporting missile defense hardware-in-the-loop simulations, and rocket propellant technology advancements impacting launch systems and response times.

1 Too Much of a Good Thing: A Discussion of the Excessive Advisories, Cautions, & Warnings in the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Lawrence D. Nance, Patrick Svatek
2 Modular Open Systems Assessment of the B-52 Program: A Case Study   Ebonika Williams
3 Hardware-in-the-loop Simulations for Ballistic Missile Defense Systems   Shafique Ahmed, Toya Desarmes
4 Nano-Structured Propellants and Launch Systems   John P. Kosky, PhD, Aydin K. Sunol, PhD, Nick Herren


Space Commerce

The scope of the Space Commerce track includes programs, research and activities associated with commercial space transportation and commercial aerospace public safety as it relates to launch vehicle operations. 

1 Amateur Rockets: The Little Giants in the Aerospace Industry   Marcus Ward
2 Overview of the FAA’s Space Traffic Management Program   Kevin B. Coleman
3 Genesis – The Dawn of a New Era in Airspace Management   William P. Hincy


Space Exploration

The scope of the Space Exploration track spans technology and concepts for advanced robotic and human space flight systems that enable human and robotic exploration of the Moon, of Mars, and beyond.

1 Entropy-Based Measure of Spacecraft Planned Activity Complexity: Applied to Mars Exploration Rovers Surface Activities Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu
2 3D Visualization for Phoenix Mars Lander Science Operations   Laurence Edwards, Leslie Keely, David Lees, Carol Stoker
3 ATHLETE Vehicle Tool Manipulation and Usage   Norman M. Aisen
4 Haptic Mobility Control for Teleoperated Rovers   Ben Horan, Saeid Nahavandi, Edward Tunstel, PhD
5 Rover Prototype for Mobile Surveying Technology Development   Edward Tunstel, PhD, Lamar McFarlane, Victor Mejia
6 Information Exchange in Multi-rover SLAM   Brandon M. Jones and Lang Tong
7 Open-Source Simulation for Planetary Surface Robotics   Edward Tunstel, Russell Turner, Christopher Olson


Space Research of NSBE

The Space Research of NSBE track consists of volunteer work performed by NSBE engineering professionals.  Each paper is a space-related, scientific or engineering research endeavor in a research domain initiated by the NSBE Space SIG for the purpose of advancing human knowledge in fields of spacecraft engineering and development

1 NSBESAT 1: Systems Engineering Overview   Christianna Taylor, Michael McCullar, Horace Bussey
2 Macho Mengi – Ground-based Interferometric Telescope   Horace Bussey, Kevin Calvin, Darnell Cowan, George Kilgore, Chemuttaai K. Lang'at, Michael McCullar
3 Project Arusha Pressurized Rover Cabin Layout   Robert L. Howard, Jr., Ph.D., LaTasha Taylor
4 Arusha Pressurized Rover Waste, Water, Hygiene, and Crew Accommodations Subsystems   Robert L. Howard, Jr., Ph.D., LaTasha Taylor
5 Arusha Pressurized Rover Displays, Controls, and Workstations   Robert L. Howard, Jr., Ph.D., LaTasha Taylor
6 Arusha Pressurized Rover Lighting   Robert L. Howard, Jr., Ph.D., LaTasha Taylor, Joeletta Patrick
7 Low Fidelity Mockup of NSBE Arusha Pressurized Rover   Robert L. Howard, Jr., Ph.D., Madeline Clark, Marietta Leonard, Jennifer Onita, Alana A. Whitaker, Lance Wyndon


Space Science

The Space Science track consists of industry papers authored by African Americans reporting developments in science-enabling engineering, including both small cubesat-based science and overarching scientific rationales fro human exploration of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids. 

1 New Technique for Improving the Spatial Resolution of Pixilated Space Observations   Hakeem M. Oluseyi, Patrick Malvoso, Jessica Williamson, Malek Abunaemeh
2 Line-shape Analysis of Spectral Distributions   Sunil Dixit, Ph.D., Nahush Dixit
3 Database and Library Development of Organic Species using Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectral Measurements in Support of Sample Analysis at Mars Raul Garcia, Prabhakar Misra, Paul R. Mahaffy, Inge L. ten Kate
4 Terrestrial Applications of the Thermal Infrared Sensor, TIRS   Ramsey L. Smith, Kurtis Thome, Cathleen Richardson, James Irons, Dennis Reuter


Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering track consists of of industry papers authored by African Americans that address modern systems engineering challenges and explore alternative approaches to systems acquisition.

1 Sustaining Life in Space: Environmental Systems on the Space Shuttle   Jamie Haynes
2 Verification and Implementation of Operations Safety Controls for Flight Missions   Cheryl L. Jones, James R. Smalls, Alicia S. Carrier
3 Results from the NASA Instrument Capability Study   Donya Douglas, John Leon, Juan Rivera, Deborah Clark, Jason Jenkins
4 A Holistic Approach to Managing Risk Factors Contributing to Falls in an Aerospace Environment   Dr. Joylene Hall Ware, Dr. Pamela McCauley Bush
5 Ground Station Selection Investigation for the HyspIRI Satellite Mission   Christianna Taylor, Tony S. Tao
6 Concept for Constellation Program Certification of Flight Readiness   Vanessa Ellerbe Wyche
7 A Presentation of an Intelligent Integrated Vehicle Health Management Concept for Spacecraft Systems Deidre Paris-Michael, Ph.D.
8 Use of NASA University Competitions as Augments to Curriculum   Eldon D. Triggs II