A Passion for the Future: NASA Aeronautics

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Stuart O. Smith, Jr.

NASA Aviation Day - Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at the Cleveland IX Center
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Thank you, NASA Glenn Research Center, for the NASA Aviation Day, which was a free, public event that took place on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at the Cleveland IX Center. I enjoyed talking to NASA Aeronautics staff members. They shared their knowledge about new technology developments with great passion.

I am sharing my photos, videos, and comments about the day in this blog post, since I appreciated the opportunity to learn about the latest NASA developments for the aviation industry. I also want to thank Tom Kunsman for recommending that I attend this NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) event! I recommend following Tom on social media (on BlueSky), since he does an excellent job of promoting all things NASA happening in Cleveland.



NASA Aviation Day: Morning Presentations

Aviation Day Agenda
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Aviation Day
Morning Agenda: (Open to All)

 9:00     30 mins. - NASA Glenn Aeronautics Directorate Overview - Tim McCartney

 9:30     30 mins. - High-Speed Commercial Flight

10:00    30 mins. - Ultra-Efficient Transportation

10:30     30 mins. - Future Airspace and Safety

11:00     30 mins. - Advanced Air Mobility

It was fun to hear that they were playing a jazzy version of the Star Trek theme song over the sound system as I entered the main room for the opening remarks. NASA has a long history of connecting to the public using the theme of exploration from Star Trek.

I enjoyed the morning's panel discussions at NASA Aviation Day. I learned about very new technology and safety developments happening at NASA Aeronautics.

Four Transformations for Sustainability, Greater Mobility, and Economic Growth:


I am very interested in what is happening at NASA. I have been writing blog posts about NASA events at NASA Glenn Research Center, Great Lakes Science Center’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center, and Cleveland Public Library since 2012: https://sosassociates.com/blog-tags/nasa

Here is a video of the photos I took during the morning panel discussions. I recommend you stop the video to read some of the interesting facts shared on the presenters' slides:

I recommend viewing in full screen mode.
Please feel free to pause the video to read the interesting facts in the slides!!



Exploring Aero Tech at NASA Aviation Day

NASA to Showcase Revolutionary Aero Tech at Aviation Day Event
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Aug 30, 2023
RELEASE 23-010
NASA to Showcase Revolutionary Aero Tech at Aviation Day Event
NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will showcase the agency’s efforts to revolutionize air travel at a free event on Wednesday, Sept. 13. NASA Aviation Day will be open to the public and take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the I-X Center.

This event will showcase a variety of aviation projects underway at Glenn and other NASA centers, including the Quesst mission with the X-59, electrified aircraft propulsion and other sustainable aviation technologies, and new ways to move people and cargo using advanced aircraft systems.

“NASA’s research in aeronautics provides benefits for all humanity,” NASA Glenn Aeronautics Research Director Tim McCartney said. “This event is an opportunity for us to share what NASA is doing to lead the way with sustainable aviation technologies and how we’re partnering with industry to accomplish the aviation community’s climate change agenda to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore innovative NASA-developed technology and hardware, as well as experience NASA Glenn capabilities firsthand through interactive displays. K-12 students will also be able to participate in STEM activities.

The event aims to connect with members of the public, including business professionals. NASA Glenn Technology Transfer Program representatives will be available to discuss opportunities for businesses and startups to license patented NASA technologies.

NASA Glenn’s Pilatus PC-12 aircraft will also be on display during the event. The PC-12 and its crew are conducting research that will help pave the way for a safe and mobile future where air taxis and drones can occupy airspace with airliners and other aircraft.

Panel sessions will provide an overview of NASA’s mission to advance future commercial air travel through ultra-efficient airliners, improved airspace safety, high-speed flight, and advanced air mobility. The event also will highlight how businesses, entrepreneurs, and college students can access NASA technologies through educational and business partnership opportunities.

NASA Aviation Day is part of the 2023 Energy & Mobility Conference and Expo, a NASA-supported event that brings together professionals from around the globe to focus on advancing the energy and mobility sectors with modern technology.

Top image: A concept illustration of NASA’s X-59 research aircraft. Credit: Lockheed Martin.


Brian Newbacher
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland

Last Updated: Aug 30, 2023
Editor: Kelly Matter

After the morning's NASA Aviation Day panel discussions, I toured the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) display area. People usually associate NASA with space travel, but at this event, the emphasis was on the first "A" in NASA -- Aeronautics.

Thank you, Herbert Schilling, for introducing me to NASA Glenn Research Center Graphics and Visualization Lab (GVIS) staff (Jack) and interns. I always love hearing from the interns about their exciting work. Herb is a computer scientist and the Team Lead for Scientific Computing and Graphics at NASA Glenn Research Center. Learn more about GVIS in my blog post:

I truly enjoyed talking to NASA Aeronautics staff — they have such incredible passion for what they do, and are willing to share their knowledge as I ask questions .

I also learned about AIAA's (The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) work in “… shaping the future of aerospace … aeronautic and astronautic professionals and students and STEM educators are the drivers of global innovation.” There is a local chapter of AIAA in Northeast Ohio. Learn more at: https://www.aiaa.org/membership

Here is a video with more of my photos and videos from NASA Aviation Day:

I recommend viewing in full screen mode!



NASA Glenn Research Center on Facebook

Here is a video that NASA Glenn Research Center shared on Facebook during the event:



See NASA Glenn Research Center's Facebook photos from NASA Aviation Day:


Related Blog Posts

I always like to end my blog posts with links to related blog posts, but there are so many about NASA, that I will list the following blog tags instead. I included the Great Lakes Science Center blog tag because it is the home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center.

NASA events are always interesting. I look forward to attending more of them in the future.