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  1. Training at Aerospatiale

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chabod, Rene

    A training plan for Aerospatiale is outlined which incorporates goals for both the organization and the individual. Emphasis is placed on the training of staff in multiple skills such as mechanics/electronics. Other areas considered include the development of information tools, the development of commercial approaches, and the learning of new industrial techniques and foreign languages.

  2. An Overview on Aerospatiale Magnetic Bearing Products for Spacecraft Attitude Control and for Industry

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Samuel, Alain; Lechable, Bernard

    1996-01-01

    Aerospatiale magnetic bearings are based on the use of permanent magnets and on the control of the rotor around a zero force equilibrium point. The present developments of magnetic bearing wheels for space applications focus on the versatility of a basic design which leads to a family of reaction and momentum wheels with tailored torque and kinetic momentum, leading to competitive mass and cost. The present industrial applications concern kinetic energy accumulators, medical x-ray rotating devices, avionics equipment, cryotechnic compressors and vacuum pumps.

  3. Efficacy of Kanchanara Guggulu and Matra Basti of Dhanyaka Gokshura Ghrita in Mootraghata (benign prostatic hyperplasia)

    PubMed Central

    Patel, Joyal Kumar K.; Dudhamal, Tukaram S.; Gupta, Sanjay Kumar; Mahanta, Vyasadeva

    2015-01-01

    Background: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a senile disorder affects male of and above 40 years characterized by retention, incomplete voiding, dribbling, hesitancy, and incontinence of urine. This condition is comparable with Mootraghata in Ayurveda. Surgical intervention has been accepted as standard management, but has acute cystitis, acute epididymitis, erectile dysfunction, retrograde ejaculation, etc. as complications. Conservative treatment with modern medicine is also associated with side effects. Hence, to avoid such complications and improve the quality of life in senile age, conservative management with Ayurveda is attempted. Aim: To evaluate clinical efficacy of Kanchanara Guggulu and Dhanyaka Gokshura Ghrita Matra Basti in Mootraghata. Materials and Methods: Total 30 patients having signs and symptoms of BPH were selected from OPD and IPD of Shalya Tantra and enrolled equally into three groups (n = 10). Patients of Group A were administered with Kanchanara Guggulu (500 mg, 3 times a day orally), Group B were with Dhanyaka Gokshura Ghrita Matra Basti, while patients of Group C were administered both the drugs for 21 days. International prostate symptom score (IPSS) was used to assess the efficacy. paired and unpaired “t” test, Chi-square test were applied for significance. Results: In IPSS, Group B had shown the better results (84.27%) than the Group A (72.68%) and Group C (82.10%). In all objective parameters, Group C had shown better effect (23.60%) than Group A (15.70%) and Group B (18.24%). Symptomatic relief was better in Group B than Groups A and C. Comparison between three groups on objective parameters was better in Group C than in Group A and B. Conclusion: Kanchanara Guggulu orally and Dhanyaka Gokshura Ghrita Matra Basti is effective conservative management for symptomatic relief in BPH of senile age. PMID:27011713

  4. Clinical effect of Matra Basti and Vatari Guggulu in the management of Amavata (rheumatoid arthritis).

    PubMed

    Khagram, Rita; Mehta, Charmi S; Shukla, V D; Dave, Alankruta R

    2010-07-01

    Amavata is the most crippling of the joint diseases. It occurs throughout the world in all climates and all ethnic groups. Though all the Doshas take part in the causation of this disease, Ama and vitiated Vata play the dominant role. The clinical features of rheumatoid arthritis, such as pain, swelling, stiffness, fever, and general debility, are almost identical to that of Amavata. Treatment provides symptomatic relief, but the underlying pathology remains unchecked because of the absence of effective drugs. In the management of Amavata all the acharyas have described the sequential employment of Dipana, Amapachan, Shodhan, and Shaman therapies. For this study, 118 patients of Amavata were randomly divided into two groups. The patients in group A (50 patients) were given Matra Basti with Brihat Saindhavadi Taila along with Vatari Guggulu; the patients in group B (53 patients) were given only Vatari Guggulu. All the patients responded favorably to the treatment in both the groups; however, patients treated with Matra Basti had better relief in most of the cardinal signs and symptoms of the disease.

  5. Clinical effect of Matra Basti and Vatari Guggulu in the management of Amavata (rheumatoid arthritis)

    PubMed Central

    Khagram, Rita; Mehta, Charmi S.; Shukla, V. D.; Dave, Alankruta R.

    2010-01-01

    Amavata is the most crippling of the joint diseases. It occurs throughout the world in all climates and all ethnic groups. Though all the Doshas take part in the causation of this disease, Ama and vitiated Vata play the dominant role. The clinical features of rheumatoid arthritis, such as pain, swelling, stiffness, fever, and general debility, are almost identical to that of Amavata. Treatment provides symptomatic relief, but the underlying pathology remains unchecked because of the absence of effective drugs. In the management of Amavata all the acharyas have described the sequential employment of Dipana, Amapachan, Shodhan, and Shaman therapies. For this study, 118 patients of Amavata were randomly divided into two groups. The patients in group A (50 patients) were given Matra Basti with Brihat Saindhavadi Taila along with Vatari Guggulu; the patients in group B (53 patients) were given only Vatari Guggulu. All the patients responded favorably to the treatment in both the groups; however, patients treated with Matra Basti had better relief in most of the cardinal signs and symptoms of the disease. PMID:22131737

  6. Identification of Matra Region and Overlapping Characters for OCR of Printed Bengali Scripts

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Goswami, Subhra Sundar

    One of the important reasons for poor recognition rate in optical character recognition (OCR) system is the error in character segmentation. In case of Bangla scripts, the errors occur due to several reasons, which include incorrect detection of matra (headline), over-segmentation and under-segmentation. We have proposed a robust method for detecting the headline region. Existence of overlapping characters (in under-segmented parts) in scanned printed documents is a major problem in designing an effective character segmentation procedure for OCR systems. In this paper, a predictive algorithm is developed for effectively identifying overlapping characters and then selecting the cut-borders for segmentation. Our method can be successfully used in achieving high recognition result.

  7. A Clinical study of Matra Vasti and an ayurvedic indigenous compound drug in the management of Sandhigatavata (Osteoarthritis)

    PubMed Central

    Shah, Mayuri R.; Mehta, Charmi S.; Shukla, V. D.; Dave, Alankruta R.; Bhatt, N. N.

    2010-01-01

    Sandhigatavata is described under vatavyadhi in all ayurvedic classical texts. Osteoarthritis is the most common articular disorder which begins asymptomatically in the second and third decades and is extremely common by age 70. Here Matra Vasti (therapeutic enema) was given with Bala taila as Vasti is the best treatment for vatavyadhies. It has vatashamaka and rasayana properties. Indigenous compound drug containing Guggulu, Shallaki, Yastimadhu, Pippali, Guduchi, Nirgundi, Kupilu and Godanti was given in one group along with Matra Vasti. In this study, 33 patients of Sandhigatavata completed the treatment. Patients were randomly divided into two groups. Sixteen patients in Group-A (sarvanga Abhyanga-swedana + matravasti) and 17 patients in Group-B (sarvanga Abhyanga–swedana+ matravasti + indigenous compound drug). The results of the study indicate that the patients of both the groups obtained highly significant relief in almost all the signs and symptoms of Sandhigatavata. PMID:22131712

  8. A clinical study of Nirgundi Ghana Vati and Matra Basti in the management of Gridhrasi with special reference to sciatica

    PubMed Central

    Ali, Mumtaz; Shukla, V. D.; Dave, A. R.; Bhatt, N. N.

    2010-01-01

    Gridhrasi can be equated with sciatica, where pain, weakness, numbness, and other discomforts along the path of the sciatic nerve often accompanies low back pain. It is a common affliction of adults, costing billions of dollars in healthcare and resulting in more lost days of work than any other illness but the common cold. A herniated disc, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, etc., can all cause sciatica. The treatment available for sciatica in modern medicine is not very satisfactory.The role of research in Ayurveda is to elucidate the underlying principles and to explain them in modern parameters. The present study was aimed at establishing clinically the effect of Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) Ghan Vati (dried water extract) alone as well as in combination with Matra Basti in the management of Gridhrasi. A total of 119 patients were registered for the study, out of which 102 patients completed the treatment: 52 patients in group A (Nirgundi Ghan Vati) and 50 in group B (Nirgundi Ghan Vati + Matra Basti). The results show that both treatments had an effect on Gridhrasi, but there was better relief of the signs and symptoms in group B. Matra Basti and Nirgundi Ghan Vati might both contribute to different extents in the recovery of the patient. PMID:22048539

  9. A clinical study of Nirgundi Ghana Vati and Matra Basti in the management of Gridhrasi with special reference to sciatica.

    PubMed

    Ali, Mumtaz; Shukla, V D; Dave, A R; Bhatt, N N

    2010-10-01

    Gridhrasi can be equated with sciatica, where pain, weakness, numbness, and other discomforts along the path of the sciatic nerve often accompanies low back pain. It is a common affliction of adults, costing billions of dollars in healthcare and resulting in more lost days of work than any other illness but the common cold. A herniated disc, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, etc., can all cause sciatica. The treatment available for sciatica in modern medicine is not very satisfactory.The role of research in Ayurveda is to elucidate the underlying principles and to explain them in modern parameters. The present study was aimed at establishing clinically the effect of Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) Ghan Vati (dried water extract) alone as well as in combination with Matra Basti in the management of Gridhrasi. A total of 119 patients were registered for the study, out of which 102 patients completed the treatment: 52 patients in group A (Nirgundi Ghan Vati) and 50 in group B (Nirgundi Ghan Vati + Matra Basti). The results show that both treatments had an effect on Gridhrasi, but there was better relief of the signs and symptoms in group B. Matra Basti and Nirgundi Ghan Vati might both contribute to different extents in the recovery of the patient.

  10. Inlet/Body Integration Preliminary Design for Supersonic Air-Breathing Missiles Using Automated Multi-Discilinary Optimization

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2000-06-01

    configuration, 33 ometry necessitate sophisticated numerical codes rameters to be d fine theigura tio and refined spatial discretizations which are...get there. The development strategy the exit location of the inlet subsonic diffuser is followed by Aerospatiale Matra Missiles and Rut- fixed. Second...approxi- Parameter Name Value mate 2- D /3- D geometrical models and low accu- 1 Missile diameter (caliber) 1 D racy physical analysis models. 2 Base diameter

  11. Controle d'attitude d'un lanceur en phase atmospherique approche par applications gardiennes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dubanchet, Vincent

    In a first phase, the modelling process underlines the presence of highly time varying parameters during the ascent, due to a fast mass variation along with propellant consumption. Linearizing the dynamical equations at six main flight instants yields linear time invariant models to be considered during control design. Each of them is to be stabilized by one control law, while respecting given specifications. The synthesis becomes even more complex when the bending modes are taken into account. Moreover, scheduling appears necessary to deal with the time variations. Indeed it is shown that no single gain setting is able to respect all the specifications along the trajectory. Furthermore, increasing complexity when modelling a whole launch vehicle pushes one to consider the model's errors and uncertainties. They represent a major issue in this study since it is asked to ensure the nominal performances in a robust fashion. Owing to their properties, guardian maps appear to be the most suitable tool to deal with such a problem of scheduling with robust performances. In light of this, the development of synthesis methods based on guardian maps is the main contribution of the project. It appears that actual state of the art in this field is focused on theoretical issues, whereas practical ones could be improved. Two approches are presented in the memoire. The first one is based on a graphical approach consisting in drawing the vanishing locus of guardian maps. A program using image analysis techniques is devised to check automatically which gain settings satisfy the constraints. The second one is based on an optimisation procedure involving guardian maps. Starting with the open loop system, the iterative process proposed ends up with a satisfactory gain setting for the closed-loop. These methods are tried and tested for the launch vehicle, with specifications from ASTRIUM-ST. Their practical application is motivated by the system complexity, the different kinds of constraints and the essential need for robustness. Many restrictions that finally bring about the interest and the efficiency of guardian maps for such a problem.

  12. Noise measurement flight test: Data-analyses Aerospatiale SA-365N Dauphin 2 helicopter

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Newman, J. S.; Rickely, E. J.; Daboin, S. A.; Beattie, K. R.

    1984-04-01

    This report documents the results of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) noise measurement flight test program with the Dauphin twin-jet helicopter. The report contains documentary sections describing the acoustical characteristics of the subject helicopter and provides analyses and discussions addressing topics ranging from acoustical propagation to environmental impact of helicopter noise. This report is the second in a series of seven documenting the FAA helicopter noise measurement program conducted at Dulles International Airport during the summer of 1983. The Dauphin test program involved the acquisition of detailed acoustical, position and meteorological data. This test program was designed to address a series of objectives including: (1) acquisition of acoustical data for use in assessing heliport environment impact, (2) documentation of directivity characteristics for static operation of helicopters, (3) establishment of ground-to-ground and air-to-ground acoustical propagation relationships for helicopters, (4) determination of noise event duration influences on energy dose acoustical metrics, (5) examination of the differences between noise measured by a surface mounted microphone and a microphone mounted at a height of four feet (1.2 meters), and (6) documentation of noise levels acquired using international helicopter noise certification test procedures.

  13. La gestion des gestionnaires de projets: Le cas de l'industrie aerospatiale au Quebec

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Petit, Marie-Claude

    This research focuses on the management of project managers (PMs) working in high technology organizations. In particular, it examines how these professionals are taken charge of from a human resources management (HRM) standpoint in firms within the aerospace industry in Quebec. The literature in the field of project management generally depicts PMs as entrepreneurs and resource managers, managing human resources (e.g. project team members) among other things. It also defines them as single-handedly responsible for managing their own career, stress and motivation. This profile suggests that once selected and assigned to projects, PMs receive little attention in terms of HRM from the organization. It is hardly conceivable, however, that PMs would move about completely on their own within the organization, let alone that they wouldn't represent any special challenge in terms of HRM, as the ones the literature so clearly underlines for project team members. The review of the literature also reveals that the subject of HRM as applied to PMs is poorly documented empirically, especially on the topic of what particular challenges the project context might bring up for the HRM of PMs. There is also little told about the actors involved in supporting and contributing to meet the challenges that arise out of managing PMs. This study sought to discern those challenges and the means put forth to address them. Also, it wanted to identify the actors of the HRM of PMs, their roles, their skills, and their relationships, among themselves and with the PMs, in order to efficiently take charge of them. This study also wanted to demonstrate the logic that ties the means put forth by the identified actors with the objectives PM-employing organizations want to reach. Finally, the study wanted to identify the impact of the HRM of PMs as it is occurring in organizations. The Quebec aerospace sector was chosen as the field of research primarily because the success of projects in organizations of that sector, alongside regular manufacturing operations, seems to contribute to their performance. In fact, most of these organizations currently are industry leaders worldwide. The data that form the basis of this research were obtained through 65 semi-structured interviews with representatives of project management, HRM and upper management in eight organizations in the aerospace industry in Quebec. First, the collected data was treated case by case using the qualitative data analysis software application Atlas.ti. Subsequently, the description and interpretation of the data were developed in a transversal way to achieve a sector-wide portrait of the HRM of PMs. The results reveal that PMs, like other human resources, do present particular HRM challenges and are actually managed as such in the organizations. PMs benefit both from traditional HRM practices (collective HRM) and from the relationship established and maintained with their immediate manager (individualized HRM). A network of actors is also involved in the HRM of PMs. Among these, the immediate manager of PMs stands out as the key HRM actor. In addition to applying HRM policies and practices to PMs, the manager of PMs, in his position of proximity with PMs, is destined to play different roles such as coach, motivator and talent agent. This hybrid HRM of PMs provides a sense of well-being among PMs and allows organizations to retain these creators of value, it secures faithful customers (repeat business) as a consequence of the success of projects managed by those PMs, and contributes to build a pool for their future managerial elite. Keywords: project management, human resource management, project manager, proximity management, high technology, aerospace industry, Quebec.

  14. Noise Measurement Flight Test: Data/Analyses Aerospatiale SA 365N Dauphin 2 Helicopter

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1984-04-01

    Sound Level ALT - Aircraft altitude above the r.icropolone location APP - Approach operational mode CLC - Centerline Center CPA - Closest point of...located parallel to Runway 12/30 between the runway and tne taxiway. The helicopter hover point for the static operations was located on the southwest...static operations consisted of sites 7H, 5H, 1H, 2, and 4H. These sites were situated around the helicopter hover point which was located on the

  15. Cardiopulmonary Aspects in Aerospace Medicine (Les Aspects Cardiopulmonaires en Medecine Aerospatiale)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1993-10-01

    aviators from continued flying duties. Surgical, Necropsy, and Forensic Material", Br Heart J 40, p 468, 1978. The ultimate disposition for all aviators... Hypnosis , acupuncture and other measures are often tried but appear to have a low long-term success rate. 6. Eriksson S. Pulmonary emphysema and alpha-l

  16. Motion Sickness: Significance in Aerospace Operations and Prophylaxis (Le Mal des Transports: Son Importance pour les Operations Aerospatiales et Prophylaxies)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1991-09-01

    earth and, by their central neural processes, generate Inotor responses that serve to maintain balance, to stabilize vision through oculonlotor...control and in general serve to improve the quality of tbe control of motion relative to the earth . The vestibular system, the visual system, and the...only the vestibular system is csQusively dedicuted to: 1) detecting mtrotion of the head and body relative to the earth , and 2) generating reflexive

  17. Generation de chemins de couverture pour des operations automatisees de controle non destructif appliquees dans l'industrie aerospatiale

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Olivieri, Pierre

    Non destructive testing (NDT) plays an important role in the aerospace industry during the fabrication and maintenance of the structures built and is used, among other useful applications, to detect flaws such as cracks at an early stage. However, NDT techniques are still mainly done manually, especially on complex aeronautical structures, which then results in several drawbacks. In addition to be difficult and time-consuming, reliability and repeatability of inspection results are likely to be affected, since they rely on each operator's experience and dexterity. The present thesis is part of a larger project (MANU-418) of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ). In this project, it has been proposed to develop a system using a 6-DOF manipulator arm to automate three particular NDT techniques often needed in the aerospace industry: eddy current testing (ECT), fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI), and infrared thermography (IRT). The main objective of the MANU-418 project is to demonstrate the efficiency of the developed system and provide inspection results of surface and near surface flaws (cracks usually) at least as reliably and repeatably as inspection results from a human operator. One specific objective stemming from the main objective of the project is to develop a methodology and a software tool to generate covering paths adapted for the three aforementioned NDT techniques to inspect the complex surfaces of aerospace structures. The present thesis aims at reaching this specific objective. At first, geometrical and topological properties of the surfaces considered in this project are defined (flat surfaces, round and straight edges, cylindrical or near cylindrical surfaces, holes). It is also assumed that the 3D model of the surface to inspect is known in advance. Moreover, it has been decided within the framework of the MANU-418 project to give priority to the automation of ECT compared with the other techniques (FPI and IRT). As a result, the methodology developed to generate inspection paths is more closely focused on path constraints relative to the manual operations of ECT using a differential eddy current probe (named here EC probe), but it is developed to be flexible enough to be used with the other techniques as well. Common inspection paths for ECT are usually defined by a sweeping motion using a zigzag pattern with the EC probe in mild contact with the inspected surface. Moreover, the main axis of the probe must keep a normal orientation with the surface, and the alignment of its two coils must always be oriented along the direction of its motion. A first methodology is then proposed to generate covering paths on the whole surface of interest while meeting all EC probe motion constraints. First, the surface is meshed with triangular facets, and then it is subdivided into several patches such that their geometry and topology are simpler than the whole surface. Paths are then generated on each patch by intersecting their facets with offset section planes defined along a sweeping direction. Furthermore, another methodology is developed to generate paths around an indication (namely a small area where the presence of a flaw is suspected) whose position and orientation are assumed to be known a priori.. Then, a software tool with a graphical user interface has been developed in the MATLAB environment to generate inspection paths based on these methodologies. A set of path parameters can be changed by the user to get desired paths (distance between passes, sweep direction, etc.). Once paths are computed, an ordered list of coordinates (positions and orientations) of the tool is exported in an EXCEL spreadsheet so that it could be used with a real robot. In this research, these data are then used to perform simulations of trajectories (path described as a function of the time) with a MotoMan robot (model SV3XL) using the MotoSim software. After validation of these trajectories in this software (absence of collisions, positions are all reachable, etc.), they are finally converted into instructions for the real MotoMan robot to proceed with experimental tests. These first simulations and experimentations on a MotoMan robot of the generated paths have given results close to the expected inspection trajectories used manually in the NDT techniques considered, especially for the ECT technique. Nevertheless, it is strongly recommended to validate this path generation method with more experimental tests. For instance, a "test" tool could be manufactured to measure errors of position and orientation of this tool with respect to expected trajectories on a typical complex aeronautical structure. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  18. AMP Short Course: Neurological, Psychiatric and Psychological Aspects of Aerospace Medicine (Aspects Neurologiques, Psychiatriques et Psychologiques de la Medecine Aerospatiale)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1991-09-01

    headphones on. "’he cockpit is the maternal womb, the predominance of the human factor in air accidents. pilot is a fetus in its egg.. Above your head...siell the children and adolescents , they idetify %%,tilt characters mishaps arisig Inl such a process whtich possess superiumnan abilities, anid are...iiasteinicit, thes aire lac challeniges atic risks Marriage, paternity aiiic .cidenits deceiving, Individual variatioti aiic subjectivity are of iii emotional

  19. Mobilization and attenuation of metals downstream from a base-metal mining site in the Matra Mountains, northeastern Hungary

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Odor, L.; Wanty, R.B.; Horvath, I.; Fugedi, U.; ,

    1999-01-01

    Regional geochemical baseline values have been established for Hungary by the use of low-density stream-sediment surveys of flood-plain deposits of large drainage basins and of the fine fraction of stream sediments. The baseline values and anomaly thresholds thus produced helped to evaluate the importance of high toxic element concentrations found in soils in a valley downstream of a polymetallic vein-type base-metal mine. Erosion of the mine dumps and flotation dump, losses of metals during filtering, storage and transportation, human neglects, and operational breakdowns, have all contributed to the contamination of a small catchment basin in a procession of releases of solid waste. The sulfide-rich waste material weathers to a yellow color; this layer of 'yellow sand' blankets a narrow strip of the floodplain of Toka Creek in the valley near the town of Gyongyosoroszi. Contamination was spread out in the valley by floods. Metals present in the yellow sand include Pb, As, Cd, Cu, Zn, and Sb. Exposure of the local population to these metals may occur through inhalation of airborne particulates or by ingestion of these metals that are taken up by crops grown in the valley. To evaluate the areal extent and depth of the contamination, active stream sediment, flood-plain deposits, lake or reservoir sediments, soils, and surface water were sampled along the erosion pathways downstream of the mine and dumps. The flood-plain profile was sampled in detail to see the vertical distribution of elements and to relate the metal concentrations to the sedimentation and contamination histories of the flood plain. Downward migration of mobile Zn and Cd from the contaminated upper layers under supergene conditions is observed, while vertical migration of Pb, As, Hg and Sb appears to be insignificant. Soil profiles of 137Cs which originated from above-ground atomic bomb tests and the Chernobyl accident, provide good evidence that the upper 30-40 cm of the flood-plain sections, which includes the yellow sand contamination, were deposited in the last 30-40 years.The regional geochemical baseline values are established for Hungary using low-density stream-sediment surveys of flood-plain deposits of large drainage basins and of the fine fraction of stream sediments. The baseline values and anomaly thresholds allowed the evaluation of the importance of high toxic element concentrations in soils in a valley, downstream of a polymetallic vein-type base-metal mine. The metals present in the yellow sand include Pb, As, Cd, Cu, Zn and Sb. To evaluate the areal extent and depth of the contamination, active stream sediment, flood-plain deposits, lake or reservoir sediments, the soils and surface water were sampled along the erosion pathways downstream of the mine and dumps.

  20. Congreve and toulouse

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Escalettes, J.-P.; Jung, Ph.

    Toulouse is well known as probably the biggest European aerospace concentration with such names as Aerospatiale, Dassault, Thomson, MATRA, CNES, Air France and many others. What is less known, however, is that nearly two centuries ago an early rocketry pioneer, William Congreve, had his rockets used in anger during the Toulouse battle. Even more interesting, he later happened to stay in the Languedoc capital while trying to find his way to Nice on his boat: death caught him there before he could reach his final destination. This paper explains the significance of the use of Congreve rockets during the Toulouse battle, which was actually the last Napoleonic combat before exile. It also elaborates on the research trying to clarify the many unknowns about Congreve's stay in Toulouse at the end of his life. This includes a search for his grave since the original one has been displaced with the disappearance under the builder's axe of the original Protestant and Jewish Cemetery in the town centre.

  1. Physiopathologie et Pathologie des Affections du Rachis en Medecine Aerospatiale (Physiopathology and Pathology of Affections of the Spine in Aerospace Medicine),

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1981-04-01

    partant du principe que le nucleus eat un capteur de force. Ils ont 6tabli que la pression du milieu liquide A 1’int~rieur du nucl6us 6tait directement li~e...si is tampa de isont~e en acc6l~ration eat court par rapport aux p~riodes naturelles dti corps ( jolt 6lev6) on pourra assistar & des ph~nomtns d...phiques et des cadavres 6quip6s d’acc6ldrombtres, de jauges de contrainte et de capteurs d’ef fort, ii a 6t6 possible de tirer un certain nombre de

  2. Allergic, Immunological and Infectious Disease Problems in Aerospace Medicine Held in Rome, Italy on 21 - 25 October 1991 (Les Problemes Causes par les Maladies Allergiques, Immunologiques et Contagieuses en Mdecine Aerospatiale).

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-04-01

    315, 1986. of high risk groups, including babies born to HBsAg carrier 6. Szmuness W., Stevens C.E., Harley E.J., et al. Hepatitis mothers (41...377, 1981. HEPATITIS B VACCINATION IN ITALY. 8. Szmuness W., Stevens C.E., Harley C.E., et al. Hepatitis Hepatitis B is endemic in Italy. 1.5 million...sperm DNA, 50%formamide) and to 8 months, while p24 antigenemia was hybridized to a 32P nick translated HIV- always undetectable. In contrast to the 1

  3. Technical Evaluation Report on the Fluid Dynamics Panel Symposium on Computational Methods for Aerodynamic Design (Inverse) and Optimization (Les Methodes de Calcul pour la Conception Aerodynamique (Methodes Inverses) et l’Optimisation)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1990-04-01

    Misegades4 are mentioned. Consentino and Holst utilized a gradient search strategy in combination with a parameterized definition of a portion of a wing...Pales d’Helicoptere par Optimisation Numerique J. RENEAUX, ONERA and M. ALLONGUE, Aerospatiale. FR 20. Aerodynamic Design by Optimization K.W. BOCK...Dornier GmbH, GE 21. Optimisation Numerique de Voilures en Regime Transsonique 0. DESTARAC, J. RENEAUX, ONERA and D. GISQUET, Aerospatiale. FR 23

  4. History of infrared optronics in France

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fouilloy, J. P.; Siriex, Michel B.

    1995-09-01

    In France, the real start of work on the applications of infrared radiations occurred around 1947 - 1948. During many years, technological research was performed in the field of detectors, optical material, modulation techniques, and a lot of measurements were made in order to acquire a better knowledge of the propagation medium and radiation of IR sources, namely those of jet engines. The birth of industrial infrared activities in France started with the Franco-German missile guidance programs: Milan, HOT, Roland and the French air to air missile seeker programs: R530, MAGIC. At these early stages of IR technologies development, it was a great technical adventure for both the governmental agencies and industry to develop: detector technology with PbS and InSb, detector cooling for 3 - 5 micrometer wavelength range, optical material transparent in the infrared, opto mechanical design, signal processing and related electronic technologies. Etablissement Jean Turck and SAT were the pioneers associated with Aerospatiale, Matra and under contracts from the French Ministry of Defence (DGA). In the 60s, the need arose to enhance night vision capability of equipment in service with the French Army. TRT was chosen by DGA to develop the first thermal imagers: LUTHER 1, 2, and 3 with an increasing number of detectors and image frequency rate. This period was also the era in which the SAT detector made rapid advance. After basic work done in the CNRS and with the support of DGA, SAT became the world leader of MCT photovoltaic detector working in the 8 to 12 micron waveband. From 1979, TRT and SAT were given the responsibility for the joint development and production of the first generation French thermal imaging modular system so-called SMT. Now, THOMSON TTD Optronique takes over the opto-electronics activities of TRT. Laser based systems were also studied for military application using YAG type laser and CO2 laser: Laboratoire de Marcousis, CILAS, THOMSON CSF and SAT have

  5. Europe Report, Science and Technology

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-11-02

    INDUSTRY Renault of France Needs Fr 4 Billion for Subsidiary Bailout 11 Renault Chief Besse Talks About Strategy for Change 13 Briefs Fiat -Matra Auto...to promote the industrial development of advanced composites. The principal founding companies include: Dow Chemical , Toray, Hysol Graphil, BASF...JPRS*EST*86*038 8 December 1986 WEST EUROPE/AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY BRIEFS FIAT -MATRA AUTO VENTURE— Fiat has just announced the signing of an

  6. Tracks for Eastern/Western European Future Launch Vehicles Cooperation

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    Eymar, Patrick; Bertschi, Markus

    2002-01-01

    exclusively upon Western European elements indigenously produced. Yet some private initiatives took place successfully in the second half of the nineties (Eurockot and Starsem) bringing together companies from Western and Eastern Europe. Evolution of these JV's are already envisioned. But these ventures relied mostly on already existing vehicles. broadening the bases in order to enlarge the reachable world market appears attractive, even if structural difficulties are complicating the process. had recently started to analyze, with KSRC counterparts how mixing Russian and Western European based elements would provide potential competitive edges. and RKA in the frame of the new ESA's Future Launch Preparatory Programme (FLPP). main technical which have been considered as the most promising (reusable LOx/Hydrocarbon engine, experimental reentry vehicles or demonstrators and reusable launch vehicle first stage or booster. international approach. 1 patrick.eymar@lanceurs.aeromatra.com 2

  7. Occupational Medicine Relevant to Aviation Medicine, Conference Proceedings of the Aerospace Medical Panel Symposium Held at London on 4 October 1983.

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    1984-05-01

    give rise to physical symptoms after a certain period of ti- me. The seriousness of these symptoms depends on the individual resistance of the wor...COMPARATIVE CHEZ L’ANIMAL DE LA TOXICITE DES PRODUITS DE THERMOLYSE DE DIVERS MATERIAUX J.-P. DELCROIX - M. GUERBET LABORATOIRE CENTRAL DE BIOLOGIE AEROSPATIALE... materiaux presentant le minimum de toxicit6 en cas d’in- cendie dans une enceinte close et plus particulie rement A bord des aeronefs. Le6tude analytique

  8. Calendar of Selected Aeronautical and Space Meetings January 1988 (Calendrier des Manifestations Aeronautiques et Spatiales (Selection) Janvier 1988).

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    1987-12-01

    aerospatiales2 02 - Electronique, Optique et Metrologie 03 - Mccaniquec du Vol 28 04 - Dynamnique des Fluides et Acoustique 30 05 - Navigation, Guidagce t...Ferromagnetism 07-42, 07-43, 07-65. 07-71 Fibre Optics 02-03, 02-12. 02-13. 02-22. (2-39. 02-44. 02-53. 02-54. 02-56). 02-78, 02-83. 02-84. 12-18 Fibre

  9. Shock-Wave Boundary Layer Interactions

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    1986-02-01

    proprietes de la couche limite subissent au cours de I’interaction; les methodes integrales ou aux differences finies qui permettent le calcul continu de... integrale de calcul d’une couche limite turbulente sur une paroi courbee longitudinalement. La Recherche Aerospatiale, No. 1977-1, pp. 1-13 (Jan...Docteur, Faculte des Sciences de I’Universite de Paris. Quemard, C. and Archambaud, J. P. (1976): Methode integrale de calcul d’un sillage avec gradient

  10. Advancing Detached-Eddy Simulation

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    2007-01-01

    predicted using LES. While DES is now relatively well understood in massively separated flows characterized by thin boundary layers prior to separation...version has been tested on the flow over the Aerospatiale A-airfoil. To ensure that the new version does not degrade predictions in massively separated...flows characterised by massive separation using RANS approaches (49). A number of different RANS models have been considered in the past with no

  11. JPRS Report, Science & Technology, Japan

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    2007-11-02

    Ford Aerospace of the U.S. or Aerospatiale of France. It will be equipped with two infrared-ray cameras to improve observation capabilities. The...and by scanning it with a laser beam. An X-ray fiber is not only effective as a sensor technology but expected to trigger social demand more than...omitted]. With regard to the Compton type free electron laser using high-energy small- current electron beam sources (linear accelerator, electron

  12. Benefits of advanced software techniques for mission planning systems

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    Gasquet, A.; Parrod, Y.; Desaintvincent, A.

    1994-01-01

    The increasing complexity of modern spacecraft, and the stringent requirement for maximizing their mission return, call for a new generation of Mission Planning Systems (MPS). In this paper, we discuss the requirements for the Space Mission Planning and the benefits which can be expected from Artificial Intelligence techniques through examples of applications developed by Matra Marconi Space.

  13. Sensor fusion: lane marking detection and autonomous intelligent cruise control system

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    Baret, Marc; Baillarin, S.; Calesse, C.; Martin, Lionel

    1995-12-01

    In the past few years MATRA and RENAULT have developed an Autonomous Intelligent Cruise Control (AICC) system based on a LIDAR sensor. This sensor incorporating a charge coupled device was designed to acquire pulsed laser diode emission reflected by standard car reflectors. The absence of moving mechanical parts, the large field of view, the high measurement rate and the very good accuracy for distance range and angular position of targets make this sensor very interesting. It provides the equipped car with the distance and the relative speed of other vehicles enabling the safety distance to be controlled by acting on the throttle and the automatic gear box. Experiments in various real traffic situations have shown the limitations of this kind of system especially on bends. All AICC sensors are unable to distinguish between a bend and a change of lane. This is easily understood if we consider a road without lane markings. This fact has led MATRA to improve its AICC system by providing the lane marking information. Also in the scope of the EUREKA PROMETHEUS project, MATRA and RENAULT have developed a lane keeping system in order to warn of the drivers lack of vigilance. Thus, MATRA have spread this system to far field lane marking detection and have coupled it with the AICC system. Experiments will be carried out on roads to estimate the gain in performance and comfort due to this fusion.

  14. High-Obliquity Impact of a Compact Penetrator on a Thin Plate: Penetrator Splitting and Adiabatic Shear

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    1998-01-01

    stress deviator set to zero. On the time scale of our simulations, shear bands are hot and thus weak in tension as well as shear. To account for this...LIVERMORE CA 94550 R DAMINITY CODE U43 J P MATRA 7 DIRECTOR P WALTER SANDIA NATL LABS L MENSI E S HERTEL JR MS 0819 K KIDDY A ROBINSON MS 0819 F J

  15. The Behavior of Systems in the Space Environment

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    1991-07-19

    studies is linked to the experiments of Guglielmo Marconi . In 1895, when he was only 21, he built a demonstration wireless telegraph on his father’s estate...Technologies, GEC- Marconi , Matra Harris, IR). The range of devices offered is restricted and understandably not of the very latest technology

  16. On-orbit demonstration of automated closure and capture using ESA-developed proximity operations technologies and an existing, serviceable NASA Explorer Platform spacecraft

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    Hohwiesner, Bill; Claudinon, Bernard

    The European Space Agency (ESA) has been working to develop an autonomous rendezvous and docking capability since 1984 to enable Hermes to automatically dock with Columbus. As a result, ESA with Matra, MBB, and other space companies have developed technologies that are also directly supportive of the current NASA initiative for Automated Rendezvous and Capture. Fairchild and Matra would like to discuss the results of the applicable ESA/Matra rendezvous and capture developments, and suggest how these capabilities could be used, together with an existing NASA Explorer Platform satellite, to minimize new development and accomplish a cost effective automatic closure and capture demonstration program. Several RV sensors have been developed at breadboard level for the Hermes/Columbus program by Matra, MBB, and SAAB. Detailed algorithms for automatic rendezvous, closure, and capture have been developed by ESA and CNES for application with Hermes to Columbus rendezvous and docking, and they currently are being verified with closed-loop software simulation. The algorithms have multiple closed-loop control modes and phases starting at long range using GPS navigation. Differential navigation is used for coast/continuous thrust homing, holdpoint acquisition, V-bar hopping, and station point acquisition. The proximity operation sensor is used for final closure and capture. A subset of these algorithms, comprising the proximity operations algorithms, could easily be extracted and tailored to a limited objective closure and capture flight demonstration.

  17. Worldwide Report, Telecommunications Policy, Research, and Development

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    2007-11-02

    NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE SPRINGFIELD, VA. 22161 o NOTE JPRS publications contain information primarily from... ELECTRONIQUE ACTUALITES, 8 Mar 85) 51 Thomson Telecommunications, CIT Alcatel Merge (Paris ELECTRONIQUE ACTUALITES, 19 Apr 85) 53... ELECTRONIQUE ACTUALITES, 20 Sep 85) 56 Matra of France Works on Software for Low-Orbit Space Vehicles (Paris ZERO UN INFORMATIQUE HEBDO, 23 Sep

  18. Working with Industry the UK MoD Experience

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    2007-11-02

    defence world is becoming at the same time more connected - largely through digital technology - and more uncertain. • We therefore need to better...Systems) EASAMS Chertsey (Land Systems) EDS Malvern (CIS/SP) Logica CAE Invertron GEC Marconi Headway Consultants Matra BAe Dynamics Primary Image Thomson

  19. Towards a new generation of mission planning systems: Flexibility and performance

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    Gasquet, A.; Parrod, Y.; Desaintvincent, A.

    1994-01-01

    This paper presents some new approaches which are required for a better adequacy of Mission Planning Systems. In particular, the performance flexibility and genericity issues are discussed based on experience acquired through various Mission Planning systems developed by Matra Marconi Space.

  20. Market Perception of Consolidations in the European Defense Industry from 2001 to 2009 a Case of Event Studies

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    2009-06-01

    Marconi Systems, Matra BAe Dynamics (MBD), and formed MBDA. In June 2003 EADS acquired total ownership of Astrium , a space and satellite manufacturer...to create EADS Astrium . In October 2006 EADS acquired BAE’s share in Airbus and became the sole owner of the company. In December 2005 EADS joined...of ASTRIUM from BAE Systems. The first step is to calculate the daily arithmetic returns for both the stock price of EADS and the EURONEXT 100 index

  1. Robot Tools

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1996-01-01

    Mecanotron, now division of Robotics and Automation Corporation, developed a quick-change welding method called the Automatic Robotics Tool-change System (ARTS) under Marshall Space Flight Center and Rockwell International contracts. The ARTS system has six tool positions ranging from coarse sanding disks and abrasive wheels to cloth polishing wheels with motors of various horsepower. The system is used by fabricators of plastic body parts for the auto industry, by Texas Instruments for making radar domes, and for advanced composites at Aerospatiale in France.

  2. Prediction of SA 349/2 GV blade loads in high speed flight using several rotor analyses

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    Gaubert, Michel; Yamauchi, Gloria K.

    1987-01-01

    The influence of blade dynamics, dynamic stall, and transonic aerodynamics on the predictions of rotor loads in high-speed flight are presented. Data were obtained from an Aerospatiale Gazelle SA 349/2 helicopter with three Grande Vitesse blades. Several analyses are used for this investigation. First, blade dynamics effects on the correlation are studied using three rotor analyses which differ mainly in the method of calculating the blade elastic response. Next, an ONERA dynamic stall model is used to predict retreating blade stall. Finally, advancing blade aerodynamic loads are calculated using a NASA-developed rotorcraft analysis coupled with two transonic finite-difference analyses.

  3. Avionics system design for requirements for the United States Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin

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    Young, D. A.

    1984-01-01

    Aerospatiale Helicopter Corporation (AHC) was awarded a contract by the United States Coast Guard for a new Short Range Recovery (SRR) Helicopter on 14 June 1979. The award was based upon an overall evaluation of performance, cost, and technical suitability. In this last respect, the SRR helicopter was required to meet a wide variety of mission needs for which the integrated avionics system has a high importance. This paper illustrates the rationale for the avionics system requirements, the system architecture, its capabilities and reliability and its adaptability to a wide variety of military and commercial purposes.

  4. Hub and blade structural loads measurements of an SA349/2 helicopter

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    Yamauchi, Gloria K.; Heffernan, Ruth M.; Gaubert, Michel

    1988-01-01

    Data from 23 flight conditions, including level flights ranging from advance ratio mu = 0.14 to 0.37 and steady turning flights from advance ratio mu = 0.26 to 0.35, are presented for an Aerospatiale SA349/2 Gazelle helicopter. The data include hub loads data (for 6 of the 23 conditions), blade structural data at eleven different blade radial stations, and fuselage structural data. All dynamic data are presented as harmonic analysis coefficients (ten harmonics per rotor revolution). The data acquisition and reduction procedures are also documented. Blade structural and inertial properties are provided in addition to control system geometry and properties.

  5. Identification de lois constitutives et de lois de frottement adaptées aux grandes vitesses de sollicitation

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    Dalverny, O.; Capéraa, S.; Pantalé, O.; Sattouf, C.

    2002-12-01

    Cet article présente une méthodologie d'identification de lois constitutives et de lois de contact adaptées aux matériaux métalliques sous chargement dynamique à grande vitesse de déformation. Les essais sont effectués à partir de montages expérimentaux adaptés à un lanceur à gaz permettant d'obtenir une vitesse de projectile de l'ordre de 350m/s pour une masse totale de 30gr. Le premier essai consiste en un impact de Taylor correspondant à un chargement mécanique de type compression. Le second essai de type “extrusion conique" permet la détermination des lois de frottement à grande vitesse. La procédure générale d'identification des lois de comportement à partir d'essais dynamiques se fait au moyen d'une analyse post-mortem des échantillons et de la corrélation entre ces résultats expérimentaux et un modèle numérique des essais. Pour les deux cas précédemment cités, nous présentons la configuration optimale d'essai ainsi que les résultats obtenus à partir d'un algorithme d'optimisation de type Levenberg-Marquard.

  6. Modeling of Flow Blockage in a Liquid Metal-Cooled Reactor Subassembly with a Subchannel Analysis Code

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    Jeong, Hae-Yong; Ha, Kwi-Seok; Chang, Won-Pyo; Kwon, Young-Min; Lee, Yong-Bum

    2005-01-15

    The local blockage in a subassembly of a liquid metal-cooled reactor (LMR) is of importance to the plant safety because of the compact design and the high power density of the core. To analyze the thermal-hydraulic parameters in a subassembly of a liquid metal-cooled reactor with a flow blockage, the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute has developed the MATRA-LMR-FB code. This code uses the distributed resistance model to describe the sweeping flow formed by the wire wrap around the fuel rods and to model the recirculation flow after a blockage. The hybrid difference scheme is also adopted for the description of the convective terms in the recirculating wake region of low velocity. Some state-of-the-art turbulent mixing models were implemented in the code, and the models suggested by Rehme and by Zhukov are analyzed and found to be appropriate for the description of the flow blockage in an LMR subassembly. The MATRA-LMR-FB code predicts accurately the experimental data of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory 19-pin bundle with a blockage for both the high-flow and low-flow conditions. The influences of the distributed resistance model, the hybrid difference method, and the turbulent mixing models are evaluated step by step with the experimental data. The appropriateness of the models also has been evaluated through a comparison with the results from the COMMIX code calculation. The flow blockage for the KALIMER design has been analyzed with the MATRA-LMR-FB code and is compared with the SABRE code to guarantee the design safety for the flow blockage.

  7. Solution of a Standard Thermal Hydraulics Problem in a Liquid Metal Subassembly

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    Son, Hyoung M.; Suh, Kune Y.

    2006-07-01

    The model subassembly of the BREST-type reactor core consists of a pin bundle of square arrangement. In this bundle there are two zones which differ in the pin diameter and heat production. The model pin bundle contains one spacer grid which is located near the mid-plane of the rod bundle geometry. The working is a eutectic alloy of 22% sodium (Na) plus 78% potassium (K). Three kinds of experiments were performed to observe the thermal and hydraulic behavior of the liquid metal coolant in the BREST core simulator. Results were obtained for the coolant exit temperature distribution, central measuring pin simulator external surface temperature distribution, and coolant velocity distribution over the perimeter of the measuring pin simulator. The experiments were performed five times with increasing pin power ratios. Analysis was performed on the model subassembly of the BREST-type reactor core using a subchannel analysis code MATRA and a computational fluid dynamics code CFX. Calculational results were compared against the experimental data. The experiment revealed that the temperature rise was strongly dependent upon the geometry of the pin simulator. In contrast to the experimental results, the MATRA results were mainly dependent upon the thermal and hydraulic conditions. It was concluded that MATRA requires modifications for the pressure drop correlations that were considered inappropriate for accurately simulating the coolant behavior near the BREST-type grid spacer. Hand calculations were additionally carried out under different assumptions to determine the coolant exit temperature distribution in the pin simulator. First, the hand calculation was performed to find the coolant exit temperature distribution assuming that there is no momentum or energy transfer between subchannels. Second, an assumption was made that the coolant mixing in the subchannel assembly took place instantaneously and the pressure was equilibrated at the channel exit. Since MATRA is based

  8. CSA: comprehensive comparison of pairwise protein structure alignments

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    Wohlers, Inken; Malod-Dognin, Noël; Andonov, Rumen; Klau, Gunnar W.

    2012-01-01

    CSA is a web server for the computation, evaluation and comprehensive comparison of pairwise protein structure alignments. Its exact alignment engine computes either optimal, top-scoring alignments or heuristic alignments with quality guarantee for the inter-residue distance-based scorings of contact map overlap, PAUL, DALI and MATRAS. These and additional, uploaded alignments are compared using a number of quality measures and intuitive visualizations. CSA brings new insight into the structural relationship of the protein pairs under investigation and is a valuable tool for studying structural similarities. It is available at http://csa.project.cwi.nl. PMID:22553365

  9. Comparison of CNES spherical and NASA hemispherical large aperture integrating sources. I - Using a laboratory transfer spectroradiometer. II - Using the SPOT-2 satellite instruments

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    Guenther, B.; Mclean, J.; Leroy, M.; Henry, P.

    1990-01-01

    CNES spherical and NASA hemispherical large aperture calibration sources are examined using a laboratory transfer spectroradiometer and SPOT-2 instruments. The sources, collected at Matra in France during October 1987, are compared in terms of absolute calibration, linearity, and uniformity. The laboratory transfer spectroradiometer data reveal that the calibration results correspond to within about 7 percent absolute accuracy level and the linearity of the CNES source with lamp level is good. It is observed using the satellite data that both sources have an excellent uniformity over a 4 deg field of view.

  10. CSA: comprehensive comparison of pairwise protein structure alignments.

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    Wohlers, Inken; Malod-Dognin, Noël; Andonov, Rumen; Klau, Gunnar W

    2012-07-01

    CSA is a web server for the computation, evaluation and comprehensive comparison of pairwise protein structure alignments. Its exact alignment engine computes either optimal, top-scoring alignments or heuristic alignments with quality guarantee for the inter-residue distance-based scorings of contact map overlap, PAUL, DALI and MATRAS. These and additional, uploaded alignments are compared using a number of quality measures and intuitive visualizations. CSA brings new insight into the structural relationship of the protein pairs under investigation and is a valuable tool for studying structural similarities. It is available at http://csa.project.cwi.nl.

  11. West Europe Report, Science and Technology.

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    2007-11-02

    34 ’ Bruno Hansen’s evaluation is an unstated but clear indication of a distinction from the better known insulin-producing giant enterprise of Novo. The...developing countries like this attitude." "For 20 years, we have been hearing that we shall be crushed by the large giant companies. But that has thus not...TWO SUBSIDIARIES Paris L’USINE NOUVELLE in French 19 Sep 85 p 51’ [Article by Antoine Schoen] [Text] At a time when giants such as Matra are

  12. Taos: A low cost satellite

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    Jung, P.

    Aerospatiale, under contract to CNES, has studied a new satellite based system with the double mission of mobile tracking and paging. This is called Taos. A constellation of five Taos satellites will allow positioning with an accuracy of 1 km, as well as small message transmission with a maximum time delay of 2 hours. Using a low earth orbit, Taos will have a small power budget, with the attendant gains in dimensions, mass, and eventually cost. The emergence of such class of lightsats has been fostered by the progress of electronics, as well as the new small launchers now being offered. Furthermore, the market is clearly hungry for ever more worldwide data collection. This paper describes the Taos system of satellite and ground segment, for which a primary goal will be a significant reduction of the recurring price. Weighing 152 kg, each satellite will have a power of 270 W.

  13. Separation of conductivity and distance measurements for eddy current nondestructive inspection of graphite composite materials

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    Dufour, Isabelle; Placko, Dominique

    1993-06-01

    This article deals with the study of a process based on the principle of eddy current sensors for the nondestructive evaluation of graphite composite plates. This research has been carried out in the Laboratoire d'Electricitd Signaux et Robotique by the team working on datacollecting sensors for robotics in collaboration with Aerospatiale. Eddy current sensors are characterized by their impedance, which varies when a conducting material is approached in their sensitive area. For a given sensor, the output signal depends directly on the electrical and geometrical properties of the object. In the case discussed here, the interesting data are the distance between the sensor and the object, and its local conductivity. In order to invert the relationships between the sensor signal and the properties of the material, an external parametrical model has been developed. A scanning of the surface with a sensor designed for good spatial resolution measurements gives two accurate maps of the useful data.

  14. CIRCE: a new approach to performance management of optical instruments

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    Philoreau, Sandrine; Simeoni, Denis; Miras, Didier; Papegay, Y.; De Sousa, J.

    1996-10-01

    This paper introduces the 'complex instruments ranking with a new computational environment' or CIRCE software tool for aiding elaboration and exploitation of analytic models for performance management of optical instruments. CIRCE is currently developed by the optical instrument preliminary design team at the Aerospatiale Company's Cannes, France, Center, in cooperation with the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique' or INRIA at the nearby Science Park of Sophia Antipolis. As a multiprogram tool, CIRCE incorporates the requirements at all stages of optical instrument development, from conception through manufacturing. It affords an original approach to creation and operation of performance models that facilitates know- how conservation through introduction of the notions of concepts (relations bases) and models (computation tree). It eases out the everyday tasks of engineers owing to generating capabilities for performance budgets or parametric analyses and to automatic numeric code generation.

  15. Human factor implications of the Eurocopter AS332L-1 Super Puma cockpit

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    Padfield, R. Randall

    1993-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to identify and describe some of the human factor problems which can occur in the cockpit of a modern civilian helicopter. After examining specific hardware and software problems in the cockpit design of the Eurocopter (Aerospatiale) AS332L-1 Super Puma, the author proposes several principles that can be used to avoid similar human factors problems in the design of future cockpits. These principles relate to the use and function of warning lights, the design of autopilots in two-pilot aircraft, and the labeling of switches and warning lights, specifically with respect to abbreviations and translations from languages other than English. In the final section of the paper, the author describes current trends in society which he suggests should be taken into consideration when designing future aircraft cockpits.

  16. Reflections on the mechanical structure of the base of the skull and on the face. Part 1: Classical theories, observed structures.

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    Ferré, J C; Chevalier, C; Robert, R; Degrez, J; Le Cloarec, A Y; Legoux, R; Orio, E; Barbin, J Y

    1989-01-01

    Using thick sections of the base of the skull and face their mechanical structure is viewed from the engineering aspect and the anatomic solutions evolved are compared with those selected by Aerospatiale engineers for the concept and development of the Airbus. It is concluded that the anterior and middle cranial fossae, together with the face, constitute an inseparable mechanical assembly each of whose component units participate in the rigidity of the others. Since this mechanical assembly must provide maximal rigidity for minimal weight, this suggests that aeronautical solutions should throw much light on the detail of construction of the skull and face. Indeed, the rigidity and lightness of the latter are obtained by means of solutions familiar in aeronautics: the reliance on thin-shelled beams with a honeycomb filling, the diploe analogous to a preconstrained composite or sandwich structure, a system of frames, struts and stiffeners, and the use of fillets at the sites of junction of struts.

  17. Separation of winged vehicles in supersonics

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    Bonnefond, T.; Kharitonov, A. M.; Brodetsky, M. D.; Vasenyov, L. G.; Adamov, N. P.; Derunov, E. K.

    The aim of this paper is to present the aerodynamic interferences occurring during the separation of two vehicles at supersonic speeds. After a description of the flowfield structure between the two stages, an experimental study prepared in cooperation between AEROSPATIALE and the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ITAM), Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Division and performed in the T-313 facility at ITAM is presented, including the justification of the models and test conditions. Results are then presented concerning both wall pressure measurements on the models and global aerodynamic coefficients of the two stages (drag, lift and pitching moment). Some comparisons with computations are also shown. Shortcomings of the present study are given in a last part, together with possible future complementary activities on this topic.

  18. The common case study: Lockheed design of a supersonic cruise vehicle

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    Clauss, J. S., Jr.; Hays, A. P.; Wilson, J. R.

    1978-01-01

    The objective was to compare the characteristics of SSTs designed for the same mission by Lockheed, McDonnell Douglas, British Aerospace (U.K.), Aerospatiale (France), and the USSR. This comparison was to be used to calibrate parametric design studies of the tradeoff between SST direct operating cost (DOC) and noise levels at the FAR 36 certification points. The guidelines for this common case study were to design an aircraft with the following mission: payload 23 247 kg (51 250 lbm), range - 7000 km (3780 n. mi.), and cruise Mach number - 2.2. Field length was constrained to 3505 m (11 500 ft). Other airfield constraints and fuel reserves were also specified, but no noise constraints were applied.

  19. Thermal hydraulic analysis of annular fuel-based assemblies

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    Kyu Hyun Han; Soon Heung Chang

    2004-07-01

    Thermal hydraulic characteristics of thorium-based fuel assemblies loaded with annular seed pins have been analyzed using AMAP combined with MATRA, and compared with those of the existing thorium-based assemblies. MATRA and AMAP showed good agreements for the pressure drops at the internal subchannels. The pressure drop generally increased in the cases of the assemblies loaded with annular seed pins due to the larger wetted perimeter, but an exception existed. In the inner subchannels of the seed pins, mass fluxes were high due to the grid form losses in the outer subchannels. About 43% of the heat generated from the seed pin flowed into the inner subchannel and the rest into the outer subchannel, which implies the inner to outer wall heat flux ratio was approximately 1.2. The maximum temperatures of the annular seed pins were slightly above 500 deg. C. The MDNBRs of the assemblies loaded with annular seed pins were higher than those of the existing assemblies. Due to the fact that inter-channel mixing cannot occur in the inner subchannels, temperatures and enthalpies were higher in the inner subchannels. (authors)

  20. Influence of a new generation of operations support systems on current spacecraft operations philosophy: The users feedback

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    Darroy, Jean Michel

    1993-01-01

    Current trends in the spacecraft mission operations area (spacecraft & mission complexity, project duration, required flexibility are requiring a breakthrough for what concerns philosophy, organization, and support tools. A major evolution is related to space operations 'informationalization', i.e adding to existing operations support & data processing systems a new generation of tools based on advanced information technologies (object-oriented programming, artificial intelligence, data bases, hypertext) that automate, at least partially, operations tasks that used be performed manually (mission & project planning/scheduling, operations procedures elaboration & execution, data analysis & failure diagnosis). All the major facets of this 'informationalization' are addressed at MATRA MARCONI SPACE, operational applications were fielded and generic products are becoming available. These various applications have generated a significant feedback from the users (at ESA, CNES, ARIANESPACE, MATRA MARCONI SPACE), which is now allowing us to precisely measure how the deployment of this new generation of tools, that we called OPSWARE, can 'reengineer' current spacecraft mission operations philosophy, how it can make space operations faster, better, and cheaper. This paper can be considered as an update of the keynote address 'Knowledge-Based Systems for Spacecraft Control' presented during the first 'Ground Data Systems for Spacecraft Control' conference in Darmstadt, June 1990, with a special emphasis on these last two years users feedback.

  1. The In-Orbit Battery Reconditioning Experience On Board the Orion 1 Spacecraft

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    Hoover, S. A.; Daughtridge, S.; Johnson, P. J.; King, S. T.

    1997-01-01

    The Orion 1 spacecraft is a three-axis stabilized geostationary earth orbiting commercial communications satellite which was launched on November 29, 1994 aboard an Atlas II launch vehicle. The power subsystem is a dual bus, dual battery semi-regulated system with one 78 Ampere-hour nickel-hydrogen battery per bus. The batteries were built and tested by Eagle Picher Industries, Inc., of Joplin, MO and were integrated into the spacecraft by its manufacturer, Matra Marconi Space UK Ltd. This paper presents the results obtained during the first four in-orbit reconditioning cycles and compares the battery performance to ground test data. In addition, the on-station battery management strategy and implementation constraints are described. Battery performance has been nominal throughout each reconditioning cycle and subsequent eclipse season.

  2. A Study on the Conceptual Design of a 1,500 MWe Passive PWR with Annular Fuel

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    Kwi Lim Lee; Soon Heung Chang

    2004-07-01

    In this study, the preliminary conceptual design of a 1500 MWe pressurized water reactor (PWR) with annular fuel has been performed. This design is derived from the AP1000 which is a 1000 MWe PWR with two-loop. However, the present design is a 1500 MWe PWR with three-loop, passive safety features and extensive plant simplifications to enhance the construction, operation, and maintenance. The preliminary design parameters of this reactor have been determined through simple relation to those of AP1000 for reactor, reactor coolant system, and passive safety injection system. Using the MATRA code, we analyze the core designs for two alternatives on fuel assembly types: solid fuel and annular fuel. The performance of reactor cooling systems is evaluated through the accident of the cold leg break in the core makeup tank loop by using MARS2.1 code. This study presents the developmental strategy, preliminary design parameters and safety analysis results. (authors)

  3. ORION: A Supersynchronous Transfer Orbit mission

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    Walters, I. M.; Baker, J. F.; Shurmer, I. M.

    1995-01-01

    ORION F1 was launched on 29th November 1994 on an Atlas IIA launch vehicle. It was designed, built and delivered in-orbit by Matra Marconi Space Systems Plc and was handed over to ORION Satellite Corporation on 20th January 1995 at its on-station longitude of 37.5 deg W. The mission differed significantly from that of any other geostationary communications satellite in that the Transfer Orbit apogee altitude of 123,507 km was over three times geosynchronous (GEO) altitude and one third of the way to the moon. The SuperSynchronous Transfer Orbit (SSTO) mission is significantly different from the standard Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO)mission in a number of ways. This paper discusses the essential features of the mission design through its evolution since 1987 and the details of the highly successful mission itself including a detailed account of the attitude determination achieved using the Galileo Earth and Sun Sensor (ESS).

  4. Delivering spacecraft control centers with embedded knowledge-based systems: The methodology issue

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    Ayache, S.; Haziza, M.; Cayrac, D.

    1994-11-01

    Matra Marconi Space (MMS) occupies a leading place in Europe in the domain of satellite and space data processing systems. The maturity of the knowledge-based systems (KBS) technology, the theoretical and practical experience acquired in the development of prototype, pre-operational and operational applications, make it possible today to consider the wide operational deployment of KBS's in space applications. In this perspective, MMS has to prepare the introduction of the new methods and support tools that will form the basis of the development of such systems. This paper introduces elements of the MMS methodology initiatives in the domain and the main rationale that motivated the approach. These initiatives develop along two main axes: knowledge engineering methods and tools, and a hybrid method approach for coexisting knowledge-based and conventional developments.

  5. Model of the porphyry copper and polymetallic vein family of deposits - Applications in Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania

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    Drew, L.J.

    2003-01-01

    A tectonic model useful in estimating the occurrence of undiscovered porphyry copper and polymetallic vein systems has been developed. This model is based on the manner in which magmatic and hydrothermal fluids flow and are trapped in fault systems as far-field stress is released in tectonic strain features above subducting plates (e.g. strike-slip fault systems). The structural traps include preferred locations for stock emplacement and tensional-shear fault meshes within the step-overs that localize porphyry- and vein-style deposits. The application of the model is illustrated for the porphyry copper and polymetallic vein deposits in the Central Slovakian Volcanic Field, Slovakia; the Ma??tra Mountains, Hungary; and the Apuseni Mountains, Romania.

  6. Fbis report. Science and technology: Economic review, September 19, 1995

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    1995-09-19

    ;Partial Contents: Germany: Braunschweig University Tests Organic Semiconductors; France: Ariane-5 Tests Suspended; First Tests in Euro-Russian RECORD Rocket Engine Program; France: Renault`s Multi-Model Assembly Line Presented; Germany: New High Speed Trains Under Development; France: Matra Test Drone, Missile Systems; France: Experimental Project for Automobile Recycling; Germany: Survey of Flexible Manufacturing Developments; Germany: Heinrich Hertz Institute Produces Polymer-Based Circuit; French Firms Introduce Computerized Control Room for Nuclear Plants; German Machine Tool Industry Calls for Information Technology Projects; Germany: R&D Achievements in Digital HDTV Reported; Hungary: Secondary Telecommunications Networks Described; EU: Mergers in Pharmaceutical Industry Reported; SGS-Thomson Business Performance Analyzed; Germany`s Siemens Invest Heavily in UK Semiconductor Plant.

  7. The first crystal structure of an archaeal helical repeat protein

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    Yoneda, Kazunari; Sakuraba, Haruhiko; Tsuge, Hideaki; Katunuma, Nobuhiko; Kuramitsu, Seiki; Kawabata, Takeshi; Ohshima, Toshihisa

    2005-01-01

    The crystal structure of ST1625p, a protein encoded by a hypothetical open reading frame ST1625 in the genome of the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus tokodaii, was determined at 2.2 Å resolution. The only sequence similarity exhibited by the amino-acid sequence of ST1625p was a 33% identity with the sequence of SSO0983p from S. solfataricus. The 19 kDa monomeric protein was observed to consist of a right-handed superhelix assembled from a tandem repeat of ten α-­helices. A structural homology search using the DALI and MATRAS algorithms indicates that this protein can be classified as a helical repeat protein. PMID:16511116

  8. Delivering spacecraft control centers with embedded knowledge-based systems: The methodology issue

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    Ayache, S.; Haziza, M.; Cayrac, D.

    1994-01-01

    Matra Marconi Space (MMS) occupies a leading place in Europe in the domain of satellite and space data processing systems. The maturity of the knowledge-based systems (KBS) technology, the theoretical and practical experience acquired in the development of prototype, pre-operational and operational applications, make it possible today to consider the wide operational deployment of KBS's in space applications. In this perspective, MMS has to prepare the introduction of the new methods and support tools that will form the basis of the development of such systems. This paper introduces elements of the MMS methodology initiatives in the domain and the main rationale that motivated the approach. These initiatives develop along two main axes: knowledge engineering methods and tools, and a hybrid method approach for coexisting knowledge-based and conventional developments.

  9. Protein structure comparison using the markov transition model of evolution.

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    Kawabata, T; Nishikawa, K

    2000-10-01

    A number of automatic protein structure comparison methods have been proposed; however, their similarity score functions are often decided by the researchers' intuition and trial-and-error, and not by theoretical background. We propose a novel theory to evaluate protein structure similarity, which is based on the Markov transition model of evolution. Our similarity score between structures i and j is defined as log P(j --> i)/P(i), where P(j --> i) is the probability that structure j changes to structure i during the evolutionary process, and P(i) is the probability that structure i appears by chance. This is a reasonable definition of structure similarity, especially for finding evolutionarily related (homologous) similarity. The probability P(j --> i) is estimated by the Markov transition model, which is similar to the Dayhoff's substitution model between amino acids. To estimate the parameters of the model, homologous protein structure pairs are collected using sequence similarity, and the numbers of structure transitions within the pairs are counted. Next these numbers are transformed to a transition probability matrix of the Markov transition. Transition probabilities for longer time are obtained by multiplying the probability matrix by itself several times. In this study, we generated three types of structure similarity scores: an environment score, a residue-residue distance score, and a secondary structure elements (SSE) score. Using these scores, we developed the structure comparison program, Matras (MArkovian TRAnsition of protein Structure). It employs a hierarchical alignment algorithm, in which a rough alignment is first obtained by SSEs, and then is improved with more detailed functions. We attempted an all-versus-all comparison of the SCOP database, and evaluated its ability to recognize a superfamily relationship, which was manually assigned to be homologous in the SCOP database. A comparison with the FSSP database shows that our program can

  10. Evaluation acousto-ultrasonique de l'endommagement thermique dans un materiau composite carbone/epoxyde

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    Beland, Sylvie

    1998-12-01

    Les materiaux composites avances a matrice polymerique lorsqu'utilises dans des applications structurales aerospatiales sont souvent exposes a des temperatures tres elevees durant de courtes periodes de temps. Ces expositions thermiques peuvent affecter de facon significative leurs proprietes mecaniques. Cette degradation des proprietes suite a la surchauffe est un probleme qui souleve de plus en plus d'inquietude au sein de la communaute aerospatiale. On s'interesse tout autant a la caracterisation de l'endommagement resultant de l'exposition thermique qu'a son evaluation non-destructive. Bien que la technique acousto-ultrasonique semble etre une technique d'evaluation non-destructive toute indiquee pour la detection et la caraterisation de l'endommagement thermique dans les composites avances, il semblerait qu'on ne l'ait pas encore exploitee en ce sens. Cette lacune combinee a l'engagement du Ministere canadien de la defense nationale a developper une technique d'evaluation non-destructive in-situ de l'endommagement thermique de structures composites dans certains avions de chasse de la flotte canadienne constituent la motivation majeure de ce projet de recherche. Cette etude evalue la capacite de la technique acousto-ultrasonique a detecter et quantifier l'endommagement subi par un materiau composite suite a une exposition thermique. Pour parvenir a cet objectif, l'approche de cette etude a ete principalement de nature experimentale. Dans ce contexte, une base importante de donnees acousto-ultrasoniques a ete generee sur des materiaux composites vierges et conditionnes dans le but de correler ces donnees a celles issues des essais mecaniques et des analyses micrographiques et fractographiques. L'evaluation acousto-ultrasonique de la degradation thermique a ete realisee sur des echantillons de resine pure et de composite ayant ete expose a divers conditionnements. De plus, l'evolution de l'endommagement dans des composites vierges et degrades thermiquement a ete

  11. Active learning in the space engineering education at Technical University of Madrid

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    Rodríguez, Jacobo; Laverón-Simavilla, Ana; Lapuerta, Victoria; Ezquerro Navarro, Jose Miguel; Cordero-Gracia, Marta

    This work describes the innovative activities performed in the field of space education at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), in collaboration with the center engaged by the European Space Agency (ESA) in Spain to support the operations for scientific experiments on board the International Space Station (E-USOC). These activities have been integrated along the last academic year of the Aerospatiale Engineering degree. A laboratory has been created, where the students have to validate and integrate the subsystems of a microsatellite by using demonstrator satellites. With the acquired skills, the students participate in a training process centered on Project Based Learning, where the students work in groups to perform the conceptual design of a space mission, being each student responsible for the design of a subsystem of the satellite and another one responsible of the mission design. In parallel, the students perform a training using a ground station, installed at the E-USOC building, which allow them to learn how to communicate with satellites, how to download telemetry and how to process the data. This also allows students to learn how the E-USOC works. Two surveys have been conducted to evaluate the impact of these techniques in the student engineering skills and to know the degree of satisfaction of students with respect to the use of these learning methodologies.

  12. Intermetallic and titanium matrix composite materials for hypersonic applications

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    Berton, B.; Surdon, G.; Colin, C. |

    1995-09-01

    As part of the French Program of Research and Technology for Advanced Hypersonic Propulsion (PREPHA) which was launched in 1992 between Aerospatiale, Dassault Aviation, ONERA, SNECMA and SEP, an important work is specially devoted to the development of titanium and intermetallic composite materials for large airframe structures. At Dassault Aviation, starting from a long experience in Superplastic Forming - Diffusion Bonding (SPF-DB) of titanium parts, the effort is brought on the manufacturing and characterization of composites made from Timet beta 21S or IMI 834 foils and Textron SCS6 fiber fabrics. At `Aersopatiale Espace & Defence`, associated since a long time about intermetallic composite materials with university research laboratories, the principal effort is brought on plasma technology to develop the gamma titanium aluminide TiAl matrix composite reinforced by protected silicon carbide fibers (BP SM 1240 or TEXTRON SCS6). The objective, is to achieve, after 3 years of time, to elaborate a medium size integrally stiffened panel (300 x 600 sq mm).

  13. VEGA, a small launch vehicle

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    Duret, François; Fabrizi, Antonio

    1999-09-01

    Several studies have been performed in Europe aiming to promote the full development of a small launch vehicle to put into orbit one ton class spacecrafts. But during the last ten years, the european workforce was mainly oriented towards the qualification of the heavy class ARIANE 5 launch vehicle.Then, due also to lack of visibility on this reduced segment of market, when comparing with the geosatcom market, no proposal was sufficiently attractive to get from the potentially interrested authorities a clear go-ahead, i.e. a financial committment. The situation is now rapidly evolving. Several european states, among them ITALY and FRANCE, are now convinced of the necessity of the availability of such a transportation system, an important argument to promote small missions, using small satellites. Application market will be mainly scientific experiments and earth observation; some telecommunications applications may be also envisaged such as placement of little LEO constellation satellites, or replacement after failure of big LEO constellation satellites. FIAT AVIO and AEROSPATIALE have proposed to their national agencies the development of such a small launch vehicle, named VEGA. The paper presents the story of the industrial proposal, and the present status of the project: Mission spectrum, technical definition, launch service and performance, target development plan and target recurring costs, as well as the industrial organisation for development, procurement, marketing and operations.

  14. RAMS approach for reusable launch vehicle advanced studies

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    Tatry, PH.; Deneu, F.; Simonotti, J. L.

    The emerging of reusable single stage to orbit concept as credible launchers in the turn of the century is changing some technical and technological approaches in the way of doing future launcher advanced studies. Among others (such as operations through the "aircraft-like operations" concept), the RAMS approach (reliability, availability, maintainability and safety) has to be implemented from the very beginning of a concept study, especially for the SSTOs ones in order to meet the "able" requirements (affordable, reusable, reliable, available and operable). Beyond the "traditional" considerations applied to expendable launchers and/or man rated space transportation systems, the RAMS involvement in reusable launcher advanced studies and concept trade-offs must allow to perform the best balance between costs, performance and related risks. For instance, in the framework of SSTOs key technologies identification studies performed at Aerospatiale, the RAMS have been involved from the beginning of the preliminary design task. This approach has shown that the assessment of the main propulsion failure risks and associated probabilities of occurrence have strongly affected the vehicle design within the mission management and technical aspects such as main propulsion specifications, ascent trajectory shaping and landing phase scenario (VTOVL configuration). This paper intends to describe this RAMS approach and addresses how it has been applied on trade-off on VTOVL concept.

  15. Canadian aeronautical mobile data trials

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    Pedersen, Allister; Pearson, Andrea

    1993-01-01

    This paper describes a series of aeronautical mobile data trials conducted on small aircraft (helicopters and fixed wing) utilizing a low-speed store-and-forward mobile data service. The paper outlines the user requirements for aeronautical mobile satellite communications. 'Flight following' and improved wide-area dispatch communications were identified as high priority requirements. A 'proof-of-concept' trial in a Cessna Skymaster aircraft is described. This trial identified certain development work as essential to the introduction of commercial service including antenna development, power supply modifications and doppler software modifications. Other improvements were also proposed. The initial aeronautical mobile data service available for pre-operational (Beta) trials is outlined. Pre-operational field trials commenced in October 1992 and consisted of installations on a Gralen Communications Inc. Cessna 177 and an Aerospatiale Astar 350 series light single engine helicopter. The paper concludes with a discussion of desirable near term mobile data service developments, commercial benefits, current safety benefits and potential future applications for improved safety.

  16. Numerical modelling of microdroplet self-propelled jumping on micro-textured surface

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    Attarzadeh, S. M. Reza; Dolatabadi, Ali; Chun Kim, Kyung

    2015-11-01

    Understanding various stages of single and multiple droplet impact on a super-hydrophobic surface is of interest for many industrial applications such as aerospace industry. In this study, the phenomenon of coalescence induced droplets self-propelled jumping on a micro-textured super-hydrophobic surface is numerically simulated using Volume of Fluid (VOF) method. This model mimics the scenario of coalescing cloud-sized particles over the surface structure of an aircraft. The VOF coupled with a dynamic contact angle model is used to simulate the coalescence of two equal size droplets, that are initially placed very closed to each other with their interface overlapping with each other's which triggers the incipience of their coalescence. The textured surface is modeled as a series of equally spaced squared pillars, with 111° as the intrinsic contact angle all over the solid contact area. It is shown that the radial velocity of coalescing liquid bridge is reverted to upward direction due to the counter action of the surface to the basal area of droplet in contact. The presence of air beneath the droplet inside micro grooves which aimed at repelling water droplet is also captured in this model. The simulated results are found in good agreement with experimental observations. The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Consortium de Recherche et d'innovation en Aerospatiale au Quebec (CRIAQ), Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt Whitney Canada.

  17. MARSNET: A European network of stations on the surface of Mars

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    Chicarro, A. F.

    1993-01-01

    Following an ESA preliminary study on the possible areas of European participation in the future international exploration of Mars and an ESA call for ideas of new missions, MARSNET, a network of small surface stations, was selected for further in-depth scientific and technical assessment studies as a potential European contribution to such exploration. Subsequently, the MARSNET phase A studies started in the autumn of 1991. The industrial kickoff took place in early January 1992, following the tender evaluation and the decision to select the Aerospatiale-led consortium including Dornier, Alcatel, Laben, and Etca to perform the industrial studies. The phase A studies ended in early 1993. However, critical items such as an instrument deployment device continue to be studied in the framework of ESA's Technology Research Program. The MARSNET mission consists of a network of three semihard landers to be placed on the Martian surface, several thousand kilometers apart, thus defining a regional/global seismological and meteorological network in the Tharsis region. The small stations would be targeted for landing at scientifically interesting sites in this region of Mars, which is the most likely area to still show tectonic activity; this would allow the seismometers to acquire data for the determination of the internal structure of the planet. Landing site geology and geochemistry will also be studied.

  18. Measurement of the steady surface pressure distribution on a single rotation large scale advanced prop-fan blade at Mach numbers from 0.03 to 0.78

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    Bushnell, Peter

    1988-01-01

    The aerodynamic pressure distribution was determined on a rotating Prop-Fan blade at the S1-MA wind tunnel facility operated by the Office National D'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiale (ONERA) in Modane, France. The pressure distributions were measured at thirteen radial stations on a single rotation Large Scale Advanced Prop-Fan (LAP/SR7) blade, for a sequence of operating conditions including inflow Mach numbers ranging from 0.03 to 0.78. Pressure distributions for more than one power coefficient and/or advanced ratio setting were measured for most of the inflow Mach numbers investigated. Due to facility power limitations the Prop-Fan test installation was a two bladed version of the eight design configuration. The power coefficient range investigated was therefore selected to cover typical power loading per blade conditions which occur within the Prop-Fan operating envelope. The experimental results provide an extensive source of information on the aerodynamic behavior of the swept Prop-Fan blade, including details which were elusive to current computational models and do not appear in the two-dimensional airfoil data.

  19. Accuracy of an unstructured-grid upwind-Euler algorithm for the ONERA M6 wing

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    Batina, John T.

    1991-01-01

    Improved algorithms for the solution of the three-dimensional, time-dependent Euler equations are presented for aerodynamic analysis involving unstructured dynamic meshes. The improvements have been developed recently to the spatial and temporal discretizations used by unstructured-grid flow solvers. The spatial discretization involves a flux-split approach that is naturally dissipative and captures shock waves sharply with at most one grid point within the shock structure. The temporal discretization involves either an explicit time-integration scheme using a multistage Runge-Kutta procedure or an implicit time-integration scheme using a Gauss-Seidel relaxation procedure, which is computationally efficient for either steady or unsteady flow problems. With the implicit Gauss-Seidel procedure, very large time steps may be used for rapid convergence to steady state, and the step size for unsteady cases may be selected for temporal accuracy rather than for numerical stability. Steady flow results are presented for both the NACA 0012 airfoil and the Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales M6 wing to demonstrate applications of the new Euler solvers. The paper presents a description of the Euler solvers along with results and comparisons that assess the capability.

  20. The first crystal structure of an archaeal helical repeat protein

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    Yoneda, Kazunari; Sakuraba, Haruhiko; Tsuge, Hideaki; Katunuma, Nobuhiko; Kuramitsu, Seiki; Kawabata, Takeshi; Ohshima, Toshihisa

    2005-07-01

    The crystal structure of ST1625p, a protein encoded by a hypothetical open reading frame ST1625 in the genome of the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus tokodaii, was determined at 2.2 Å resolution. The structure of ST1625p consists of a unique superhelix with a low-level structure resemblance to doamins from other proteins with known three-dimensional structures. The crystal structure of ST1625p, a protein encoded by a hypothetical open reading frame ST1625 in the genome of the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus tokodaii, was determined at 2.2 Å resolution. The only sequence similarity exhibited by the amino-acid sequence of ST1625p was a 33% identity with the sequence of SSO0983p from S. solfataricus. The 19 kDa monomeric protein was observed to consist of a right-handed superhelix assembled from a tandem repeat of ten α-helices. A structural homology search using the DALI and MATRAS algorithms indicates that this protein can be classified as a helical repeat protein.

  1. [Dutch-Romanian cooperation in the area of family practice].

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    van Es, J C

    2001-10-27

    During the years 1992-2000, there was a cooperative programme between the Romanian general practitioners' association (Societatea Nationala de Medicina Generala) in Romania and the Dutch Foundation for the Advancement of Quality in Healthcare in Romania. A succession of programmes were developed and carried out, which were financed by the Dutch government. The purpose of the cooperative programme was to support the development of Romanian general practice in terms of quality and structure. In the first programme, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, about 200 Romanian general practitioners received continuing education. This was followed by a social transformation programme (MATRA) that had two parts: (a) the general practitioners association was supported and advised with respect to improving its organisational efficiency and (b) about 50 carefully selected Romanian general practitioners were trained, in post-academic research, management or teaching. The Romanian authorities accredited these trainees as teachers. The co-operation is being continued in 2001 with the setting up of a sentinel station programme in which 100 Romanian general practitioners collect relevant, representative data on health, illness and practice.

  2. High performance parallelized implicit Euler solver for the analysis of unsteady aerodynamic flows

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    Borel, C.; Bredif, M.

    Simulation of transient flows is more and more useful for industrial applications in aeronautics. For instance, the unsteady aerodynamic coefficients can be of great importance in order to predict the behavior of flying bodies: this is in particular the case for missiles which are spun around their longitudinal axis. It is also well known that the experimental tools used to evaluate the unsteady aerodynamic characteristics present a certain number of limitations: complexity of the experiments, limited degree of accuracy, high costs and delays. In this context, the Computational Aerodynamics Department of Matra Defense has been developing a software library called AEROLOG for the prediction of the steady and unsteady aerodynamics of tactical missiles using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques. The aim of this paper is as follows: (1) Detailed presentation of the numerical method, with particular emphasis on the high performances in terms of computational time achieved thanks to the use of an implicit scheme combined with a domain decomposition of structured mesh well suited for vector and parallel implementation, and (2) Analysis of 2-D and 3-D unsteady numerical simulations corresponding to academic and industrial cases, showing the accuracy of the method together with its range of applications.

  3. Flight results of a new GEO infrared Earth sensor STD 15 on board TC2

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    Brunel, O.; Krebs, J. P.

    In the frame of the Telecom 2 and Hispasat spacecraft programs, Matra-Marconi Space (France) entrusted SODERN in 1988 for the development of an accurate version of the Earth sensor designed to operate on three axis stabilized satellites at geosynchronous altitude. This new sensor, called STD 15, is a versatile one directly derived from the STD 12 already used on board the SPOT/ERS satellites. Two STD 15 were launched for the first time in December 1991 on board the TC2-A satellite, followed by a second launch in April 1992 on board TC2-B and a third one in September 1992 on board HISPASAT 1A. After a few months of successful operation, the telemetry data have been analyzed by SODERN in order to draw conclusions about the STD 15 behavior. The aim of this paper is to descrbe the latest version of the sensor, then to carry out a preliminary analysis of the available in-flight data. After a short presentation of its operating principle and associated algorithms, the equipment is briefly described and its main features are shown with special attention to the error budget for the various operating modes: transfer orbit (classical or super-synchronous), Earth acquisition, antenna mapping attitude control and station keeping in GEO. Then the main performance results of on ground testing and computed theoretical results are discussed and compared with the in-flight results.

  4. A tectonic model for the spatial occurrence of porphyry copper and polymetallic vein deposits - applications to Central Europe

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    Drew, Lawrence J.

    2006-01-01

    A structural-tectonic model, which was developed to assess the occurrence of undiscovered porphyry copper deposits and associated polymetallic vein systems for the Matra Mountains, Hungary, has been expanded here and applied to other parts of central Europe. The model explains how granitoid stocks are emplaced and hydrothermal fluids flow within local strain features (duplexes) within strike-slip fault systems that develop in continental crust above subducting plates. Areas of extension that lack shear at the corners and along the edges of the fault duplexes are structural traps for the granitoid stocks associated with porphyry copper deposits. By contrast, polymetallic vein deposits are emplaced where shear and extension are prevalent in the interior of the duplexes. This model was applied to the Late Cretaceous-age porphyry copper and polymetallic vein deposits in the Banat-Timok-Srednogorie region of Romania-Serbia-Bulgaria and the middle Miocene-age deposits in Romania and Slovakia. In the first area, porphyry copper deposits are most commonly located at the corners, and occasionally along the edges, of strike-slip fault duplexes, and the few polymetallic vein deposits identified are located at interior sites of the duplexes. In the second area, the model accounts for the preferred sites of porphyry copper and polymetallic vein deposits in the Apuseni Mountains (Romania) and central Slovakian volcanic field (Slovakia).

  5. Formalizing procedures for operations automation, operator training and spacecraft autonomy

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    Lecouat, Francois; Desaintvincent, Arnaud

    1994-01-01

    The generation and validation of operations procedures is a key task of mission preparation that is quite complex and costly. This has motivated the development of software applications providing support for procedures preparation. Several applications have been developed at MATRA MARCONI SPACE (MMS) over the last five years. They are presented in the first section of this paper. The main idea is that if procedures are represented in a formal language, they can be managed more easily with a computer tool and some automatic verifications can be performed. One difficulty is to define a formal language that is easy to use for operators and operations engineers. From the experience of the various procedures management tools developed in the last five years (including the POM, EOA, and CSS projects), MMS has derived OPSMAKER, a generic tool for procedure elaboration and validation. It has been applied to quite different types of missions, ranging from crew procedures (PREVISE system), ground control centers management procedures (PROCSU system), and - most relevant to the present paper - satellite operation procedures (PROCSAT developed for CNES, to support the preparation and verification of SPOT 4 operation procedures, and OPSAT for MMS telecom satellites operation procedures).

  6. Structural re-alignment in an immunologic surface region of ricin A chain

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    Zemla, A T; Zhou, C E

    2007-07-24

    We compared structure alignments generated by several protein structure comparison programs to determine whether existing methods would satisfactorily align residues at a highly conserved position within an immunogenic loop in ribosome inactivating proteins (RIPs). Using default settings, structure alignments generated by several programs (CE, DaliLite, FATCAT, LGA, MAMMOTH, MATRAS, SHEBA, SSM) failed to align the respective conserved residues, although LGA reported correct residue-residue (R-R) correspondences when the beta-carbon (Cb) position was used as the point of reference in the alignment calculations. Further tests using variable points of reference indicated that points distal from the beta carbon along a vector connecting the alpha and beta carbons yielded rigid structural alignments in which residues known to be highly conserved in RIPs were reported as corresponding residues in structural comparisons between ricin A chain, abrin-A, and other RIPs. Results suggest that approaches to structure alignment employing alternate point representations corresponding to side chain position may yield structure alignments that are more consistent with observed conservation of functional surface residues than do standard alignment programs, which apply uniform criteria for alignment (i.e., alpha carbon (Ca) as point of reference) along the entirety of the peptide chain. We present the results of tests that suggest the utility of allowing user-specified points of reference in generating alternate structural alignments, and we present a web server for automatically generating such alignments.

  7. A cross-disciplinary response to improve test activities: The corporate memory capitalization in Ariane4 test domain

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    Vo, Dinh Phuoc; Soler, Christian; Aussenac, N.; Macchion, D.

    1993-01-01

    The Assembly, Integration, Test, and Validation (AIT/AIV) of the Ariane4 Vehicle Equipment Bay was held at Matra Marconi Space (MMS) site of Toulouse for several years. For this activity, incident interpretation necessitates a great deal of different knowledge. When complex faults occur, particularly those appearing during overall control tests, experts of various domains (EGSE, software, on-board equipment) have to join for investigation sessions. Thus, an assistance tool for the identification of faulty equipment will improve the efficiency of diagnosis and the overall productivity of test activities. As a solution, the Aramiihs laboratory proposed considering the opportunity of a knowledge based system intended to assist the tester in diagnosis. This knowledge based system is, in fact, a short-term achievement of a long-term goal which is the capitalization of corporate memory in the Ariane4 test domain. Aramiihs is a research unit where engineers from MMS and researchers from the IRIT-CNRS cooperate on problems concerning new types of man-system interaction.

  8. A randomized controlled clinical trial to assess the efficacy of Nasya in reducing the signs and symptoms of cervical spondylosis

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    Radhika, C; Kumar, G. Vinod; Mihirjan, K.

    2012-01-01

    This work was designed to assess the efficacy of Nasya in reducing the signs and symptoms of cervical spondylosis. The patients attending the O. P. D of Department of Kaya Chikitsa and Panchakarma, Government Ayurveda College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram were enrolled and subjected to the treatment schedule. Total duration of treatment was 21days. The schedule for the first 14 days was similar in both the groups. It included Rooksha Sveda for 7days followed by Patra Pottali Sveda for 7days. During this period, 90 ml Gandharvahastadi Kashaya twice and Guggulu Tiktaka Kashaya once were given internally. After this, in the Nasya group Nasya was done for 7days with Dhanwantaram Tailam (21times Aavartita), Mridu Paka in Madhyama Matra (8Bindu). Along with this Guggulu Tiktaka Kashaya was given thrice. In the control group, Guggulu Tiktaka kashaya alone was given thrice daily. Assessments were done with regard to pain, tenderness, radiation of pain, numbness, range of movements and hand grip strength. These were done before treatment, before nasya, after treatment and after 1month follow-up. The statistical hypothesis was tested using paired ‘t’ test and ‘Z’ test for proportion. The trial proved that conventional management along with Nasya was more efficacious than conventional management alone in reducing the signs and symptoms of cervical spondylosis. PMID:23049188

  9. The ARA Mark 3 solar array design and development

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    vanHassel, Rob H. A.

    1996-01-01

    The ARA (Advanced Rigid Array) Mark3 solar array of Fokker Space BV is currently in its final stages of qualification (wing tests to be completed in March, 1996; unit/part tests in April, 1996). With regard to its predecessor, the ARA Mark2, the design has not only been improved in terms of mechanical and electrical performance, but also with regard to production cost and throughput time. This 'state of the art' array is designed to fit the needs of a wide variety of geostationary telecommunications satellites and is qualified for launch on the complete range of medium/large size commercial launchers (Ariane IV & V, Atlas, Delta, Proton, Long March, H2). The first mission to fly the new ARA Mk3 array is Hot Bird 2 (customer: Eutelsat, prime contractor: Matra Marconi Space; launch: mid-1996). In this configuration, its end of life (EOL) power-to-mass ratio is 42 W/kg, with an operational life of more than 12 years. The main mechanisms on a solar array are typically found in the deployment system and in the hold down and release system. During the design and development phase of these mechanisms, extensive engineering and qualification tests have been performed. This paper presents the key design features of these mechanisms and the improvements that were made with regard to their predecessors. It also describes the qualification philosophy on unit/part and wing level. Finally, some of the development items that turned out to be critical, as well as the lessons learned from them, are discussed.

  10. The ARA Mark 3 solar array design and development

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    Vanhassel, R.H.A.

    1996-05-01

    The ARA (Advanced Rigid Array) Mark 3 solar array of Fokker Space BV is currently in its final stages of qualification (wing tests to be completed in March, 1996; unit/part tests in April, 1996). With regard to its predecessor, the ARA Mark 2, the design has not only been improved in terms of mechanical and electrical performance, but also with regard to production cost and throughput time. This `state of the art` array is designed to fit the needs of a wide variety of geostationary telecommunications satellites and is qualified for launch on the complete range of medium/large size commercial launchers (Ariane IV & V, Atlas, Delta, Proton, Long March, H2). The first mission to fly the new ARA Mk3 array is Hot Bird 2 (customer: Eutelsat, prime contractor: Matra Marconi Space; launch: mid-1996). In this configuration, its end of life (EOL) power-to-mass ratio is 42 W/kg, with an operational life of more than 12 years. The main mechanisms on a solar array are typically found in the deployment system and in the hold down and release system. During the design and development phase of these mechanisms, extensive engineering and qualification tests have been performed. This paper presents the key design features of these mechanisms and the improvements that were made with regard to their predecessors. It also describes the qualification philosophy on unit/part and wing level. Finally, some of the development items that turned out to be critical, as well as the lessons learned from them, are discussed.

  11. Autonomy for SOHO Ground Operations

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    Truszkowski, Walt; Netreba, Nick; Ginn, Don; Mandutianu, Sanda; Obenschain, Arthur F. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The SOLAR and HELIOSPHERIC OBSERVATORY (SOHO) project [SOHO Web Page] is being carried out by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a cooperative effort between the two agencies in the framework of the Solar Terrestrial Science Program (STSP) comprising SOHO and other missions. SOHO was launched on December 2, 1995. The SOHO spacecraft was built in Europe by an industry team led by Matra, and instruments were provided by European and American scientists. There are nine European Principal Investigators (PI's) and three American ones. Large engineering teams and more than 200 co-investigators from many institutions support the PI's in the development of the instruments and in the preparation of their operations and data analysis. NASA is responsible for the launch and mission operations. Large radio dishes around the world, which form NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN), are used to track the spacecraft beyond the Earths orbit. Mission control is based at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The agent group at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in collaboration with JPL, is currently involved with the design and development of an agent-based system to provide intelligent interactions with the control center personnel for SOHO. The basic approach that is being taken is to develop a sub-community of agents for each major subsystem of SOHO and to integrate these sub-communities into an overall SOHO community. Agents in all sub-communities will be capable of advanced understanding (deep reasoning) of the associated spacecraft subsystem.

  12. The QBito CubeSat: Applications in Space Engineering Education at Technical University of Madrid

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    Fernandez Fraile, Jose Javier; Laverón-Simavilla, Ana; Calvo, Daniel; Moreno Benavides, Efren

    The QBito CubeSat is one of the 50 CubeSats that is being developed for the QB50 project. The project is funded by the 7 (th) Frame Program to launch 50 CubeSats in a ‘string-of-pearls’ configuration for multi-point, in-situ measurements in the lower thermosphere and re-entry research. The 50 CubeSats, developed by an international network of universities and research institutions, will comprise 40 double CubeSats with atmospheric sensors and 10 double or triple CubeSats for science and technology demonstration. It will be the first large-scale CubeSat constellation in orbit; a concept that has been under discussion for several years but not implemented up to now. This project has a high educational interest for universities; beyond the scientific and technological results, being part of an international group of over 90 universities all over the world working and sharing knowledge to achieve a successful mission represents an exciting opportunity. The QBito project main educational motivation is to educate students in space technologies and in space systems engineering. The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is designing, developing, building and testing one of the double CubeSats carrying as payload a kit of atmospheric sensors from the consortium, and other payloads developed by the team such as an IR non-refrigerated sensor, a Phase Change Material (PCM) for thermal control applications, a Fuzzy Logic Attitude Control System and other technological developments such as an optimized antenna deployment mechanism, a lightweight multi-mission configurable structure, and an efficient Electric Power System (EPS) with a Maximum Peak Power Tracker (MPPT). This project has been integrated in the training of the Aerospatiale Engineering, Master and PhD degree students by involving them in the complete engineering process, from its conceptual design to the post-flight conclusions. Three subsystems have been selected for being developed from the conceptual design

  13. Final Report: Deconvolution of Adaptive Optics Images of Titan, Neptune, and Uranus

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    Gibbard, S; Marchis, F

    2002-12-20

    This project involved images of Titan, Neptune, and Uranus obtained using the 10-meter W.M. Keck II Telescope and its adaptive optics system. An adaptive optics system corrects for turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere by sampling the wavefront and applying a correction based on the distortion measured for a known source within the same isoplanatic patch as the science target (for example, a point source such as a star). Adaptive optics can achieve a 10-fold increase in resolution over that obtained by images without adaptive optics (for example, Saturn's largest moon Titan is unresolved without adaptive optics but at least 10 resolution elements can be obtained across the disk in Keck adaptive optics images). The adaptive optics correction for atmospheric turbulence is not perfect; a point source is converted to a diffraction-limited core surrounded by a ''halo''. This halo is roughly the size and shape of the uncorrected point spread function one would observe without adaptive optics. In order to enhance the sharpness of the Keck images it is necessary to apply a deconvolution algorithm to the data. Many such deconvolution algorithms exist such as maximum likelihood and maximum entropy. These algorithms suffer to various degrees from noise amplification and creation of artifacts near sharp edges (''ringing''). In order to deconvolve the Keck images I have applied an algorithm specifically developed for observations of planetary bodies, the myopic deconvolution algorithm MISTRAL (''Myopic Iterative STep-preserving Restoration ALgorithm'') (Conan et al. 1998, 2000). MISTRAL was developed by ONERA (Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales) and has been extensively tested on simulated and real AO observations, including observations of Titan (Coustenis et al.2001), Io (Marchis et al.2002, 2001), and asteroids (Hestroffer et al.2001, Rosenberg et al.2001, Makhoul et al.2001). Compared to more classical methods, MISTRAL avoids noise amplification and

  14. Mudflow Hazards in the Georgian Caucasus - Using Participatory Methods to Investigate Disaster Risk

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    Spanu, Valentina; McCall, Michael; Gaprindashvili, George

    2014-05-01

    The Caucasus form an extremely complex mountainous area of Georgia in terms of geology and the scale and frequency of natural disaster processes. These processes, especially mudflows, frequently result in considerable damage to the settlements, farmlands and infrastructure facilities. The occurrence intervals between mudflows are becoming significantly shorter, therefore the most populated areas and infrastucture need to be included in risk zones. This presentation reviews the case of the mudflow problem in Mleta village in the region of Dusheti where the mudflow risk is critical. The villages of Zemo Mleta (Higher Mleta) and Kvemo Mleta (Lower Mleta) are entirely surrounded by unstable slopes where mudslides, landslides and floods are often generated. These hazards occur at least twice per year and sometimes result in severe events. In 2006 and 2010 in Mleta village a very severe mudflow event occurred creating heavy damage. This paper focuses on the recognition of the importance of cooperating with the local communities affected by these disasters, in order to get useful information and local knowledge to apply to disaster prevention and management. In October 2010, the EU-financed MATRA Project (Institutional Capacity Building in Natural Disaster Risk Reduction) in Georgia included fieldworks in several locations. Particular attention was given to Mleta village in the Caucasus Mountains, where the activities focused on institutional capacity-building in disaster risk reduction, including modern spatial planning approaches and technologies and the development of risk communication strategies. Participatory methods of acquiring local knowledge from local communities reveal many advantages compared to traditional survey approaches for collecting data. In a participatory survey and planning approach, local authorities, experts and local communities are supposed to work together to provide useful information and eventually produce a plan for Disaster Risk Reduction

  15. Eco-monitoring of highly contaminated areas: historic heavy metal contamination in tree ring records

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    Baross, Norbert; Jordán, Győző; Albert, Julianna; Abdaal, Ahmed; Anton, Attila

    2014-05-01

    This study examines and compares tree rings of trees grown in a mining area highly contaminated with heavy metals. Tree rings offers an excellent opportunity for eco-monitoring polluted areas. Contamination dispersion from the source to the receptors can be studied in time and space. The sampled area is located in the eastern part of the Matra Mts. of the Inner-Carpathian calc-alkaline Volcanic Arc (Hungary) with abundant historical ore (Pb, Zn, Cu, etc.) mining in the area. Dense forests are composed of the most typical association of the Turkey oak (Quercus cerris). Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), European black pine (Pinus nigra), oak (Quercus robur), beech (Fagus sylvatica), and hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) also occurs in the landscape. Sampled trees are located within a 1km radius of the abandoned historic ore mines. Sample sites were located above the old mines and waste rock heaps, under the waste rock heaps and on the floodplain of the Ilona Creek. The sampled trees were selected by the following criteria: the tree should be healthy, showing no signs of thunderbolt or diseases and having a minimum diameter of 50 cm. Samples were taken with a tree borer at the height of 150 cm. At the same time, soil samples were also taken near the trees in a 25 cm depth. Prior to laboratory analysis, the samples measured and air dried. Every fifth years tree ring was taken from the samples under microscope, working backwards from the most recent outer ring (2012, the year of the sampling). Samples were digested with a mixture of H2SO4 and H2O2m in Teflon vessels in a microwave unit. The samples were analyzed by ICP-OES instrument. The results were evaluated with statistical method. Results revealed a consistent picture showing distinct locations and years of the contamination history in the former mining area. Some elements are built into the trees more efficiently than other elements depending on mobility in the soil solution that is influenced by soil chemical properties

  16. Three stages in the Late Paleozoic to Triassic magmatism of southwestern Gondwana, and the relationships with the volcanogenic events in coeval basins

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    Sato, Ana María; Llambías, Eduardo J.; Basei, Miguel A. S.; Castro, Carlos E.

    2015-11-01

    The intermediate to acid Choiyoi Magmatic Province is the most conspicuous feature along the Late Paleozic continental margin of southwestern Gondwana, and is generally regarded as the possible source for the widespread ash fall deposits interlayered with sedimentary sequences in the adjacent Gondwana basins. The Choiyoi magmatism is geologically constrained between the early Permian San Rafael orogenic phase and the Triassic extensional Huarpica phase in the region of Argentine Frontal Cordillera, Precordillera and San Rafael Block. In order to better assess the Choiyoi magmatism in Argentine Frontal Cordillera, we obtained 6 new LA-ICPMS U-Pb ages between 278.8 ± 3.4 Ma and 252.5 ± 1.9 Ma from plutonic rocks of the Colangüil Batholith and an associated volcanic rock. The global analysis of age data compiled from Chilean and Argentine Late Paleozoic to Triassic outcrops allows us to identify three stages of magmatism: (1) pre-Choiyoi orogenic magmatism, (2) Choiyoi magmatism (286-247 Ma), and (3) post-Choiyoi magmatism related to extensional tectonics. In the Choiyoi stage is there an eastward shift and expansion of the magmatism to the southeast, covering an extensive region that defines the Choiyoi magmatic province. On the basis of comparison with the ages from volcanogenic levels identified in the coeval Gondwana basins, we propose: (a) The pre-Choiyoi volcanism from the Paganzo basin (320-296 Ma) probably has a local source in addition to the Frontal Cordillera region. (b) The pre-Choiyoi and Choiyoi events identified in the Paraná basin (304-275 Ma) are likely to have their source in the Chilean Precordillera. (c) The early stage of the Choiyoi magmatism found in the Sauce Grande basin (284-281 Ma) may have come from the adjacent Las Matras to Chadileuvú blocks. (d) The pre-Choiyoi and Choiyoi events in the Karoo basins (302-253 Ma) include the longest Choiyoi interval, and as a whole bear the best resemblance to the age records along the Chilean and

  17. J. Preston Layton 1919-1992: A guiding light in nuclear space power and propulsion

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    Brill, Yvonne C.

    New Space Transportation Systems; and chaired a projection of space activities into the 2000 to 2020 time period for the National Research Council. More recently, he designed environmental and communications satellite propulsion systems for MATRA Espace and RCA Astro-Electronics. Layton was very active in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). In 1985, he served as International Program Committee Chairman of the 35th International Congress in Stockholm. Layton was a Fellow, American Astronautical Society, Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

  18. Marginal notes for a centenary

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    Balázs, Lajos G.

    2001-10-01

    Piszkesteto of the Matra mountain NE from Budapest. In 1982 the solar physics observatory joined the national observatory again and the Astronomical Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences was formed. The change of the political system in 1990 removed the embargo for products of high technology and a significant modernization was carried out in the institute. The centenary is an important occasion for thinking on the main issues of strength keeping our institute in existence.

  19. Teledetection passive et processus decisionnel a reference spatiale: Application a l'aquaculture en milieu marin

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    Habbane, Mohamed

    parametres sont compares deux a deux par rapport a la carte preliminaire regionale d'indices du potentiel maricole pour determiner leur poids relatif. La carte finale produite avec ces parametres du niveau 2 presente un secteur ou les indices du potentiel maricole sont de 0,5 a 0,75. Ce secteur longe la cote et epouse les isobathes de 10 a 30 m de profondeur. L'effet de la profondeur d'eau semble avoir jouer un role important. Le secteur de potentiel maricole de 0,25 a 0,5 est toujours present et couvre une superficie d'environ 426 kmsp2. L'etude necessitera toujours un suivi des conditions environnementales prevalant dans la region. Ce suivi peut etre effectue a l'aide d'un outil de vision aerospatiale (capteurs de teledetection) et d'analyse spatio-temporelle (SIG-PDRS). (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  20. Huygens probe on target

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    1995-07-01

    In October 1997, a Titan/Centaur rocket lifting-off from Cape Canaveral will boost the spacecraft into a 6.7 year trajectory to reach Saturn. The trajectory will use two swing-bys of Venus in April 1998 and June 1999, followed by an Earth swing-by in August 1999 and a Jupiter swing-by in December 2000 to boost speed and reach Saturn in July 2004. A few months after going into orbit around Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft will release the Huygens probe for its descent through the atmosphere of Titan, the largest satellite of Saturn. The Huygens probe will measure the abundance of elements and compounds in Titan's atmosphere, the distribution of trace gases and aerosols, winds, temperature, pressure and surface state and its composition. A multi-spectral camera on the probe will provide images of the landscape of Titan. Titan is a unique planetary body in the solar system. It has an atmosphere which is primarily nitrogen. but is also rich in hydrocarbons. Due to the vast distance of the Saturnian system from the Sun, this atmosphere is at a very low temperature, thus greatly slowing down all the chemical processes. A study of this atmosphere will throw light on the development of our own atmosphere and contribute to our understanding of the origins of life on Earth. The Huygens probe is being developed by ESA with Aerospatiale (F) as the industrial prime contractor. Since the start of the programme in April 1990, very good progress has been made in design and hardware development. The entry into the Titan atmosphere will result in a very high surface temperature on the probe, generated as it decelerates due to the friction of the upper atmospheric layers. After the probe has slowed down sufficiently, a system of parachutes ensures a slow descent to the surface of Titan in approximately two and a half hours. The scientific measurements can only begin after the heat shield, which is needed to protect the probe during the high temperature entry phase, has been ejected

  1. SOHO: on the road to recovery

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1998-08-01

    "This is the best news I've heard since we lost contact with SOHO on 25 June" said Roger Bonnet, ESA's Director of Science. "I never gave up hope of some recovery of this fantastic mission. We should just hope that the damage sustained by SOHO's enforced period of deep freeze does not affect the scientific payload too much." Following analysis of the expected on-board conditions by engineers from the European Space Agency and Matra Marconi Space (builders of the SOHO spacecraft) a series of command sequences was up-linked through the NASA Deep Space Network (DSN) station at Goldstone,CA. These sequences were designed to divert the available solar array power into a partial charging of one of the on-board batteries. After 10 hours of battery charging, the telemetry was commanded on and seven full sets of data of the on-board status were received. After one minute telemetry was switched off from ground controllers in order to preserve on-board resources. Further details on the on-board conditions were obtained the following day (Sunday 9 August) in two subsequent telemetry acquisitions lasting four and five minutes respectively. Data gathered included information on temperature and voltages for payload instruments, which are currently being analysed. With the battery charging technique proven successful, the team has requested a full 24-hour coverage of SOHO to attempt a more complete charging. The NASA DSN has accepted this request as a "Spacecraft Emergency" giving it priority over other DSN scheduled activities. The procedure is currently on-going. ESA's Francis Vanderbussche, in charge of the SOHO Recovery Team at GSFC, said "I am truly satisfied with the information the data we acquired gives us. Conditions on-board are as good as we expected them to be". At the moment the team is working on the next series of procedures which will be aimed at thawing the on-board hydrazine fuel, currently at 0(C, to enable attitude control of the spacecraft to be re

  2. Europe is going to Mars

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    1999-06-01

    for future exploration. ESA is now able to afford Mars Express because it will be built more quickly and cheaply than any other comparable mission. It will be the first of the Agency's new flexible missions, based on maximum reuse of technology off-the-shelf and from other missions (the Rosetta cometary mission in this case). Mars Express will explore the extent to which innovative working practices, now made possible by the maturity of Europe's space industry, can cut mission costs and the time from concept to launch : a new kind of relationship with industrial partners is starting. "We are adopting a new approach to management by delegating to Matra Marconi Space (the prime contractor) responsibility for the whole project. This means we can reduce the ESA's management costs" says Bonnet. Despite the knock-down price, however, the future of Mars Express has hung in the balance because of the steady erosion of ESA's space science budget since 1995. Last November, the SPC said the mission could go ahead only if it could be afforded without affecting missions already approved, especially the FIRST infra-red observatory and the Planck mission to measure the cosmic microwave background. On 19/20 May, the SPC, which has the ultimate decision over the Agency's science missions, agreed that the level of resources allowed was just sufficient to allow Mars Express to go ahead. "To do such an ambitious mission for so little money is a challenge and we have decided to meet", says Balsiger.

  3. Recent Investigations, Development and Industrial Applications of RF-ion Thrusters in Germany

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    Bassner, H.; Killinger, R.; Kukies, R.; Mueller, J.

    2002-01-01

    lifetime tests. First applications were planned for North- South-Stationkeeping on communication satellites, which did not realise. A first test in space was performed on the European Retrievable Carrier EURECA in 1992 using Xenon as the propellant which did demonstrate that the thruster can produce 10 mN of thrust and does not disturb the satellite operation. In parallel thrusters with 26 and 35 cm discharge chamber diameter have been manufactured and tested up to a thrust level of 200 mN for an application to interplanetary missions. For a first application to North-South-Stationkeeping of a geostationary satellite the thrust level of the RIT 10 has been increased to 15 mN. 2 RIT - thrusters are installed on the Artemis satellite next to 2 EIT thrusters, produced by Matra-Marconi-Space (now Astrium GB), which are using the "Kaufmann" ionisation principle. The satellite has been launched in July 2001 and is now, after a degraded launch performance of Ariane V, on the way to its geostationary position, propelled by ion thrusters. In parallel to this activity Astrium has started the development of the 22 cm discharge chamber diameter thruster RIT -XT, which shall be used for future application to commercial satellites and to interplanetary missions. Thrust levels up to 200 mN at a specific impulse up to 4500 s can be achieved. Competitive prices can be achieved if more than 10 systems can be produced per year.

  4. Amelioration de l'aerodynamisme des ailes d'avion par actionnement plasma

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    Demers, Francis

    11.67 inch-chord Aerospatiale-A airfoil with a DBD actuator placed on the suction side at a 15, 20 and 30 m/s incoming flow velocity for a Reynolds number of 2,8 x 10 5, 3,8 x 105 and 5,7 x 105, respectively, and an angle of attack (AOA) of 3º for concept one and 13.3° for concept two and three. The experiments were performed in a closed-loop wind tunnel with a square 24 inch x 24 inch test section. The 2D extruded wing was mounted vertically wall to wall at one chord downstream the entrance of the 96 inch long test section. Lift was calculated by pressure integration from 48 static pressure holes placed on the wing surface. Drag was obtained by wake survey with two Pitot-static tubes mounted on 2-D traverse systems placed half a chord upstream and one chord downstream of the wing. All the pressures were acquired simultaneously by four 16-channel piezo electric pressure scanners. The pressure side of the wing is made of aluminium while the suction side consist of 5 mm thick photopolymer panels made by stereolithography. The photopolymer panels also served as the dielectric material for the plasma actuator making the actuator non-intrusive to the flow. Prior 2-D simulations using the commercial RANS CFD code FLUENT solver had been carried out to design the test wing and determine the best placement of the DBD actuator. The plasma actuator was modeled as a time-averaged spatial body force distribution obtained from the DBD actuator model of Lemire and Vo (2011) and implemented in the CFD solver as a source term in the momentum equations. From the results of these simulations the DBD actuator was placed on the test wing at 26 % chord for concept 1, which is inside the laminar separation bubble responsible for bypass transition of the test wing at 3° AOA at nominal upstream flow velocity of 30 m/s without actuation. For the second and third concept, the optimum locations was found to be at 65 % and 54 % chord, which is near the separation of the boundary layer of the

  5. UK and ESA announce Beagle 2 inquiry - Investigation to learn lessons from Mars Lander

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    2004-02-01

    contributed to the loss of the mission. The Board, made up of people with no direct involvement in the Beagle 2 mission, is expected to begin work shortly and report by the end of March 2004. The key players in the Beagle 2 mission, including Colin Pillinger, the Open University, the University of Leicester, the National Space Science Centre, EADS-Astrium, and BNSC partners have all welcomed the setting up of the Inquiry Board. Notes to Editors The Beagle 2 project to make a lander element of the ESA Mars Express mission was headed by the Open University, providing the science lead, and EADS-Astrium, the prime contractor responsible for the main design, development and management of the lander. David Link is a former Director of Science and Radar Observation at Matra Marconi Space, now EADS-UK. Beagle 2 was designed to look for signs of life on Mars. It was to parachute down to the surface of the planet and collect soil samples, which would have been analysed for signs of past and present biological activity. The lander was also packed with a suite of instruments to take pictures, acquire geological information and study the weather, including temperature, pressure and wind. The Beagle 2 lander was funded through a partnership arrangement involving the Open University, EADS-Astrium, the DTI, the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), the Office of Science and Technology and ESA. Funding also came from the National Space Science Centre and the Wellcome Foundation. UK principal investigators for Beagle 2 came from the Open University (gas analysis package), Leicester University (environmental sensors and x-ray spectrometer) and Mullard Space Science Laboratory (imaging systems). The ESA Mars Express spacecraft, the mother ship, successfully entered orbit around Mars on Christmas Day and, following a series of orbital manoeuvres, has been performing excellently as it starts its two-year global survey of the planet. Among first results announced on 23 January

  6. Prestigious award for SOHO

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2003-09-01

    founded in 1960, in Stockholm, Sweden, to foster the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes. Its current membership includes individuals from 68 countries. SOHO is a project of international cooperation between ESA and NASA to study the Sun, from its deep core to the outer corona, and the solar wind. Fourteen European countries, led by the European Space Agency and prime contractor Astrium (formerly Matra-Marconi), built the SOHO spacecraft. It carries twelve instruments (nine European-led and three American-led) and was launched by an NASA's Atlas II-AS rocket on 2 December 1995. Mission operations are coordinated at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre. The spacecraft was designed for a two-year-mission but its spectacular success has led to two extensions of the mission, the first until 2003, and then again until March 2007.

  7. SOHO hunts elusive solar prey

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1995-10-01

    SOHO will carry twelve sophisticated telescopes and other instruments, developed in record time by twelve international consortia involving scientific institutes in 15 countries. Roger M. Bonnet, the Director of ESA’s Scientific Programme said: "Each one of these instruments by itself would be enough to make major breakthroughs in our understanding of the Sun. But what makes SOHO such an exciting mission is that we will operate all the instruments together and find possible links between various phenomena at different levels in the volume of the Sun and in the interplanetary medium". Four years of intense efforts by space engineering teams in ESA and across Europe, under the leadership of the prime contractor Matra Marconi Space of Toulouse, France, have fulflled the dream of scientists who wished to build a superb space observatory for examining the Sun. SOHO, together with the four-spacecraft Cluster mission - which will explore near-Earth space, forms the Solar-Terrestrial Science Programme, the first cornerstone in ESA’s long-term programme 'Horizon 2000'. No night time for SOHO Instead of being placed in orbit around the Earth, SOHO will be lofted to a position where the gravitational pulls of the Earth and the Sun cancel each other out exactly, at 1.5 million kilometres sunward from the Earth. This is known in astronomy as the inner Lagrangian point after the French mathematician, Joseph Louis Lagrange, who first calculated its position near the end of the eighteenth century. SOHO will fly in an elliptical, or "halo" orbit around the Lagrangian point, with an orbit radius of about 600,000 kilometres, allowing the spacecraft to experience perpetual day. It will have a continuous, uninterrupted view of the Sun for twenty four hours of the day, all three hundred and sixty five days of the year, producing an extraordinary amount of data. All previous solar observatories have either been on the Earth or in orbit around our planet. On the Earth, telescopes are

  8. Hipparcos to deliver its final results catalogue soon

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1995-10-01

    itself a time so inconceivably long that only a few revolutions of our Galaxy have been completed since its formation - dinosaurs ruling our planet less than one quarter of a revolution ago. Hipparcos has measured the details of this cosmic procession, and will allow a clear disentangling of the motions of the individual stars ; which lie relatively close to our Sun? which are massive highly-luminous stars at great distances from it ? which are moving in an orbit close to our Sun's ? and which are racing away from it hundreds of times faster than the speed of sound ? After eight years in the planning and construction stages, Matra Marconi Space, Alenia Spazio, and their 30 or so high-technology industrial partners delivered the Hipparcos satellite to ESA, on schedule and within cost. With the exception of its boost motor, the satellite and all its instruments functioned flawlessly, and indeed surpassed all expectations - in spite of he harsh environment that it was subjected to in its unintended orbit. The Matra Marconi Space Project Manager, Michel Bouffard, expressed his own satisfaction with the Hipparcos Catalogue completion, and remarked hat "the Hipparcos project is definitely one of the best examples of intense and fruitful collaboration between ESA, industry and scientist". A few more months work will be required before the Hipparcos Catalogue, and its companion Tycho Catalogue of more than a million stars, can be released by the European Space Agency. "We have to fit into the completed catalogue all of the double stars, and all of the magnitude measurements, that have been acquired", explained Dr Michael Perryman, ESA's scientist working with the European scientific teams. "But the schedule for this has now been drawn up " he added. Scientists who formulated parts of the satellite's observing programme, and who were involved in the analysis of the satellite data, will be given the first opportunity to try to understand what the data mean, from an astronomical

  9. Hipparcos: mission accomplished

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1993-08-01

    prime contractor was Matra Marconi Space (France), also responsible for the payload and the on-board software development: with Alenia (Italy) responsible for the procurement of the spacecraft, as well as integration and testing of the complete satellite. A total of 35 European firms were involved in the satellite construction. The satellite was launched by Ariane 4 on 8 August 1989. Hipparcos was named after the pioneer Greek astronomer Hipparchus who compiled a detailed star map in around 120 BC and, by comparing it with observations made by his predecessors, established that the Earth's rotation axis slowly changed its direction in space. The Hipparcos satellite carried out its measurements in a highly elliptical 10-hour orbit, ranging between 500 km and 36,000 km above the Earth's surface, resulting from non-functioning of the satellite's apogee boost motor shortly after launch. A redesign of the on-board attitude control system, and the addition of two more ground stations into the control network, nevertheless allowed ESA's operations team at ESOC (Darmstadt, Germany) to operate the satellite with close to full efficiency. For the 20-strong operations team at ESOC and the ground station teams in Perth (Australia), Goldstone (USA) and Kourou (French Guiana) the mission has been highly interesting, challenging and very demanding. "After more than three years of excellent performance, underlining the remarkable quality of the satellite's design and construction, it was showing its age in several areas" said Dietmar Heger, ESOC's Spacecraft Operations Manager for Hipparcos. "The orbit was subjected to very significant levels of high energy electron and proton radiation, much higher than those expected in its intended geostationary orbit. We cannot be surprised or disappointed that the satellite has finally ceased to function" he said. The scientific activities associated with the Hipparcos mission are under the responsibility of four European scientific teams

  10. First 3D view of solar eruptions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2004-07-01

    loops, rather than a bubble or rope-like structure. Although this technique had been independently developed previously to study relatively static structures in the solar atmosphere during eclipses, this is the first time that it is applied to fast moving CMEs. Moran and Davila believe that their method will complement data from the upcoming NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) mission, scheduled for launch in February 2006. STEREO will use two widely separated spacecraft to construct 3D views of CMEs by combining images from the different vantage points of the twin spacecraft. Commenting on this result, Bernhard Fleck, SOHO Project Scientist at ESA, said: "These are really amazing images. Once again scientists have come up with a clever idea for analysing SOHO data in ways that were not even dreamt of when the mission was designed." Movie: http://esamultimedia.esa.int/images/spcs/soho/soho20040702.mpg 3 stills from the movie http://esamultimedia.esa.int/images/spcs/soho/soho20040702c.tiff http://esamultimedia.esa.int/images/spcs/soho/soho20040702d.tiff http://esamultimedia.esa.int/images/spcs/soho/soho20040702e.tiff This movie shows a 3D rendering of the data in Figure 2. It starts out viewing the Sun from SOHO's perspective, then rotates the scene to view the data from the side, and finally from the top. Note that one distinct feature shown at about 11 o'clock in Figure 2 panel a has been left out of the movie, because it is a static structure and not a part of the CME. Notes to Editors: This new result by T. Moran and J. Davila is published in today’s issue of the magazine Science. More about SOHO SOHO is a project of international co-operation between ESA and NASA to study the Sun, from its deep core to the outer corona, and the solar wind. Fourteen European countries, led by the European Space Agency and prime contractor Astrium (formerly Matra-Marconi), built the SOHO spacecraft. It carries twelve instruments (nine European-led and three

  11. XMM-Newton detects X-ray 'solar cycle' in distant star

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2004-05-01

    the European Space Agency and prime contractor Astrium (formerly Matra-Marconi), built the SOHO spacecraft. It carries twelve instruments (nine European-led and three American-led) and was launched by an NASA's Atlas II-AS rocket on 2 December 1995. Mission operations are coordinated at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre. The spacecraft was designed for a two-year mission but its spectacular success has led to two extensions of the mission, the first until 2003, and then again until March 2007. More information on SOHO can be found at: http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMJFH374OD_1_spk.html

  12. Five years of discoveries with SOHO have made the Sun transparent

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2001-04-01

    regions of the Sun. Typical wind speeds of 50 000 kilometres per hour can become ten times faster in gusts. The alien breeze. A wind of gas from the stars blows through the Solar System, and the solar wind fights it. SOHO has fixed its direction (from the Ophiuchus constellation) and its speed (21 kilometres per second) more accurately. Some facts and figures about SOHO * With scientists from 62 institutes in 15 countries, in the teams that provide and operate the instruments, and with industries in 15 countries contributing to the spacecraft’s construction, SOHO is a masterpiece of international collaboration. * Weighing 1.85 tonnes at launch, the European-built SOHO was dispatched by a NASA rocket on 2 December 1995, and transferred to the vicinity of Lagrange Point No. 1, where it now hovers, 1.5 million kilometres from the Earth. * The spacecraft was commissioned in April 1996 for a nominal operational life of two years, but this was later extended by five years until the end of March 2003. * Observations were severely interrupted twice, between 25 June and 5 November 1998, and between 21 December 1998 and 2 February 1999. The first event was due to loss of contact and control, and the second to gyroscope failure. In both cases ESA and NASA engineers, fully supported by SOHO’s constructor Matra Marconi Space, now Astrium, worked wonders to restore the spacecraft to full operations. * More than 30 eruptions called solar proton events have bombarded SOHO with energetic particles. The most severe, on 14 July and 9 November 2000, temporarily blinded SOHO’s instruments with particle ‘snow’ and slightly impaired the efficiency of the spacecraft’s power-generating solar panels. * More than 3600 coronal mass ejections from the Sun have been observed by SOHO’s LASCO instrument, making an average of two per day during SOHO’s 5 years of observations. * SOHO is by far the most prolific discoverer of new comets in the entire history of astronomy. By mid-April 2001

  13. European astronaut selected for the third Hubble Space Telescope

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1998-08-01

    The STS-104 crew will rendezvous with the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope, which is the size of a city bus, capture it using the Shuttle's Canadian robot arm and secure it in Columbia's payload bay. Then, working in teams of two, the four astronauts will leave the Shuttle's pressurised cabin and venture into the payload bay, performing a variety of tasks that will improve the productivity and reliability of the telescope. The four astronauts will perform a series of six "extravehicular" activities in the open space environment. Such activities are commonly called spacewalks, but this term does little justice to the considerable physical and mental efforts that astronauts need to make in doing the very demanding work involved. The Shuttle commander and pilot for this flight have not yet been appointed, but the four designated mission specialists begin training for the STS-104 mission immediately. "The ambitious nature of this mission, with its six spacewalks, made it important for the payload crew to begin training as early as possible," said David C. Leestma, NASA Director of Flight Crew Operations at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, to which Claude Nicollier is on resident assignment from ESA's European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, the home base of the European astronaut corps. The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit in April 1990. It is one of the most capable optical telescopes available to astronomers today, producing images and spectral observations at the forefront of astronomy. The European Space Agency contributed a 15 share to the development of Hubble. One of the five scientific instruments on board, the Faint Object Camera, was built by a European industrial consortium made up of British Aerospace, Dornier and Matra under a contract with the European Space Agency. The solar arrays which provide Hubble with electrical power were manufactured by British Aerospace and Dornier. In its eight years of operation, the telescope has not

  14. Hubble Space Telescope: The Telescope, the Observations & the Servicing Mission

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1999-11-01

    the way for other space-based observatories. How the mission was named Hubble Space Telescope is named after Edwin Powell Hubble (1889-1953), who was one of the great pioneers of modern astronomy. Industrial Involvement The ESA contribution to HST included the Solar Panels and the Faint Object Camera (FOC). Prime contractors for the FOC were Dornier (now DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, Germany), and Matra (France); for the Solar Panels British Aerospace (UK). Launch date: April 25, 1990 Launcher: Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-31) Launch mass: 11 110 kg Dimensions Length: 15.9 m, diameter: 4.2 m. In addition two solar panels each 2.4 x 12.1 m. Payload (current) A 2.4 m f/24 Ritchey-Chretien telescope with four main instruments, currently WFPC2, STIS, NICMOS and FOC. In addition the three fine-guidance sensors are used for astrometric observations (positional astronomy). WFPC2 - Wide Field/Planetary Camera 2 is an electronic camera working at two magnifications. It has four CCD detectors with 800 x 800 pixels. One of these (called Planetary Camera) has a higher resolution (<0.1 arcsecond). STIS - Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph uses so-called MAMAs and CCDs to provide images and spectra. It is sensitive to a wide range of light from UV to Infrared. NICMOS - Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer provides images and spectra in the infrared. NICMOS uses cooled HgCdTe detectors. Currently NICMOS is dormant and awaits a new cooler to be provided during Servicing Mission 3B. FOC - Faint Object Camera - a very high resolution camera built by ESA. FOC is no longer in use and will be replaced by the new Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) during Servicing Mission 3B. Orbit Circular, 593 km with a 28.5 degree inclination. Operations Science operations are co-ordinated and conducted by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore. Overall management of daily on-orbit operations is carried out by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt. Ground