MFRA SimLabs Team Supports Virgin Orbit Flight

MFRA technicians and engineers at NASA Ames Research Center provided key contributions to the Virgin Orbit flight on January 17, 2021, which launched several small satellites into orbit from a Boeing 747.  During that flight in January 2021, Virgin Orbit successfully released LauncherOne, a 57,000-pound rocket, from below the left-wing of their Boeing 747, Galaxy …

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NASA Astronauts Return to SimLabs

On April 30, 2020, NASA announced the selection of three U.S. companies to design and develop candidate human landing systems (HLS) for the agency’s Artemis program, which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024. In November 2020, three critical Artemis stakeholders came to the SimLabs and to experience the capabilities of the Vertical Motion …

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The Spaceship Company Learns Valuable Lessons Using NASA 747-400 Simulator

The Spaceship Company (TSC) pilots flew the 747-400 simulator at NASA Ames Research Center on October 8-9, 2020, to further develop design loads on the mounting structure for launching vehicles from the top of a 747 aircraft. With nearly 100 runs completed, the TSC pilots flew various maneuvers and emergency events and recorded the aircraft …

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NASA SimLabs Facilities Support Advanced Air Mobility Research

MFRA is supporting simulation facilities at NASA Ames with expertise to test Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) technologies from Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle designs, to air taxi ride quality research and certification, to airspace operations in and around airports/vertiports and between cities. These facilities can connect with each other, partner simulators, and actual aircraft – creating fully integrated, highly realistic …

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MFRA’s Bo Bobko Selected as FELLOW by The Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Long-time SimLabs resident astronaut and MFRA employee, Colonel Karol “Bo” Bobko, USAF (Ret), has been selected as a FELLOW by The Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). The presentation of the “Fellows Class of 2020” will take place at the 64th Symposium Banquet in the Sequoia Ballroom of the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, California on …

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MFRA Sponsors 2020 GoFly Competition

MFRA will sponsor the 2020 GoFly competition, with the final fly-off event to take place at NASA Ames Research Center on Leap Day, February 29th. “We’re thrilled to support this exciting program as a corporate sponsor”, said Joy Colucci, Managing Partner of MFRA. “GoFly’s programs to foster innovation in-flight technologies align well with MFRA’s mission.” …

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MFRA PRESENTS AT AIAA SCITECH FORUM 2020

MFRA engineers supporting NASA’s Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) led a unique experiment in collaboration with the US Coast Guard last year to study human performance related to small boat recovery operations. Design, implementation, and results of the Boat Recovery Simulation were presented at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech Forum) at …

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NASA Ames Research Center 2019 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year to MFRA

NASA’s Small Business Industry Awards recognize companies that demonstrate outstanding performance while making significant contributions to the NASA mission. Each year, NASA field centers nominate a Small Business Subcontractor and Prime Contractor of the year. Metis Flight Research Associates has been selected by NASA Ames Research Center to receive the 2019 Small Business Prime Contractor …

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SIMLABS VMS in the News as Urban Air Mobility Research Facility

The Metis Flight Research Associates Vertical Motion Simulator team supports NASA customer Robert Fong in developing a Ride Qualities cab for the VMS to simulate air taxi flight. See the full story at:https://aerospaceamerica.aiaa.org/meet-nasas-air-taxi-simulator/

MFRA Employees Recognized with two 2019 Ames Group Achievment Awards

On Thursday November 7, NASA Ames Research Center held it’s 2019 Honor Awards ceremony in Mountain View, California. MFRA employees at Ames were members of two different teams receiving group achievement awards: The SimLabs Lunar Lander Demo team was honored for outstanding performance developing and building a lunar lander simulation utilizing the NASA Ames Vertical …

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