Metis Flight Research Associates Employees Receive NASA Honor Award for Simulation Project 

Metis Flight Research Associates (MFRA) employees were recognized at the 2023 NASA Presidential Rank & NASA Honor Awards Ceremony held at Ames Research Center on May 22, 2024 as members of the ARCTIC 3 simulation team. ARCTIC 3, the U.S. Army’s Advanced Rotorcraft Configurations Test of Increased Capabilities project, involves research in advanced vertical-lift aircraft design. 

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Under the Technical Services for Aerospace Systems Modeling and Simulation (SimLabs) III contract at NASA Ames Research Center, MFRA simulation engineers hosted the ARCTIC3 simulation using the Center’s Vertical Motion Simulator. The NASA Honor Award recognizes the team’s demonstrated exceptional technical skills, unwavering real-time performance and functionality, reliability, and integrity, and exceeding expectations to ensure that the simulation parts were stable, robust, and functional.

“The ARCTIC3 team worked above and beyond the call-of-duty to ensure that all parts of the simulation were stable, robust, and functional to support the experiment,” said SimLabs III Program Manager Neil Otto. “I’m proud of our team who produced outstanding work, receiving a perfect score from their Army customers.”