From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 19:38:18 -0400
Subject: Upcoming workshops
From: Lisa Porter lisa.porter-1@NASA.GOV
To: (long list)
As most of you are aware, we are in the midst of overhauling Aeronautics. What was previously called "Aviation Safety and Security" has been significantly reworked to ensure that we re-establish our dedication to mastery of the core competencies of Aeronautics and that we focus our research in areas that are appropriate to the unique capabilities of NASA. We are calling this reworked program "Aircraft Safety."
Below you will find information about upcoming brainstorming workshops that we are planning to hold here in DC (near HQ). I have also attached the latest versions of the four pre-decisional thrust area diagrams for Aircraft Safety (Integrated Vehicle Health Management, Aging Aircraft, Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control, and Integrated Intelligent Flight Deck technologies) that illustrate the big-picture strategy we will adopt. Also included in this package are draft milestone schedule templates. One of the key objectives of the workshops will be to complete these templates for each of the four thrust areas. Both OMB and Congress have made it clear that we need to have a way to demonstrate measurable progress. We will develop multi-year plans with clearly defined milestones that address that need. Such milestones will not be "gee-whiz demos" or point-designs that provide limited traceability and scalability to long-term objectives.
I apologize for the quick timeline. It is my goal to present a solid plan to both OMB and Congress as quickly as possible, and I need your help in pulling a plan together that is technically sound. It is very challenging to define a long-term plan that is sufficiently dynamic that it allows for adaptation as we learn new things, and that at the same time defines concrete milestones that are technically meaningful and credible. But, when done well, such a plan can lead to the development of truly revolutionary capabilities.
George Finelli has been working with me in pulling this together. Hopefully, the text below will be clear, but if you have any logistics questions, please don't hesitate to contact him (757-864-6188 or G.B.FINELLI@LaRC.NASA.GOV). If you have any technical questions, please send an email to both of us.
Aircraft Safety Workshops
The plan is to have 4 thrust areas in the new Aircraft Safety Program: Integrated Vehicle Health Management, Aging Aircraft, Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control, and Integrated Intelligent Flight Deck Technologies. The ultimate objective in each area will be to develop system-level predictive capabilities that are built from the ground up. There will be some overlap in each area in terms of core competencies, but each area will focus the research in different ways.
Each workshop will be in Washington, DC near NASA Headquarters. The schedule for these workshops is:
Integrated Intelligent Flight Deck Technologies October 12-13
Integrated Vehicle Health Management October 18-19
Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control October 20-21
Aging Aircraft October 25-26
Each workshop team will be asked to consider the following:
Arrangements are underway to host the workshops at the International Trade Center building, 500 E Street SW, which is adjacent to NASA Headquarters. The L' Enfant Plaza Metro stop is only one block away.
Please respond to George Finelli by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information by COB Monday, September 19:
Thanks in advance for your help and I look forward to seeing you in a couple weeks.
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