Banquet Program --
The Saturday night banquet will include a MYSTERY THEATRE PERFORMANCE: "PANCHO IS MISSING!" Wear 1930s or 1940s clothing or your favorite aviation garb. Hats are encouraged.
||This presentation explores the concepts envisioned by Burt Rutan nearly a decade before SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X-Prize in 2004. The technical challenges were enormous but not insurmountable given enough time to solve them. However, official announcement of the X-Prize meant there would be competition. The pressure was on to be first. Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites pulled it off; producing the first two civilian astronauts and winning the X-Prize in the process, a remarkable achievement.
|X-57 - NASA's Development of Electric Propulsion through Flight
||NASA engineer Starr Ginn, an accomplished private pilot and aircraft owner, lives an aviation-filled life with her pilot, aircraft builder, and fellow NASA engineer husband, Tony Ginn. Starr is the NASA Armstrong Deputy Aeronautics Research Director for strategic formulation of aeronautics research goals. She works with the Aeronautics Mission Director and staff to define new programs and execute projects. Starr will discuss her current work in bringing the newest aeronautics technologies to realization, including electric distributed propulsion. Learn about the newest NASA X-plane projects from the woman at the forefront!