STUDENTS TO TAKE SIMULATED FLIGHTS IN NASA AERONAUTICS LABORATORY
NEW ORLEANS, LA., 04-MAY-01 -- Area students will explore engineering topics and simulate a cross-country flight as the NASA Mobile Aeronautics Education Laboratory (MAEL) takes up residence at the Space and Naval Warfare Information Technology Center in the University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park May 7-11.
The visit is made possible by a grant from the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
MAEL is a traveling state-of-the-art classroom that engages fifth grade through junior high students in a series of math, science and aviation-related activities.
The 53-foot trailer houses 10 computers where students are challenged to use their math and science skills in the hope of interesting them in an engineering career. At the end of the one-hour session, students will fly a short mission in a flight simulator that incorporates a head-mounted virtual reality display.
Media are invited to visit the laboratory at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 7. UNO Chancellor Greg O’Brien and representatives from local school district offices are expected to attend. Media wishing to participate may contact Marion LaNasa at 257-1307 or Harry Wadsworth at 257-0094.
In the New Orleans area, Lockheed Martin builds the Space Shuttle External tank for NASA and supports local area information technology growth through contracts with the Navy at the Information Technology Center located at UNO.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services. The corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space, aeronautics, and technology services.