MFRA SAS Team Supports Flight Safety Simulations

Hampton, VA – June 8, 2022 – Metis Flight Research Associates (MFRA) employees on the Simulation and Aircraft Services (SAS) contract at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) have led the successful completion of pilot evaluation data collection for the Human Contributions to Safety simulation project. The objective of the Human Contributions to Safety study is …

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MFRA Receives High Praise from U.S. Army Partners for Successful ARCTIC Testing

Metis Flight Research Associates (MFRA) employees working on the Technical Services for Aerospace Systems Modeling and Simulation (SimLabs) III contract at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) have received high praise from the U.S. Army for their role in successfully concluding advanced vertical-lift aircraft simulation testing. The testing, occurring as part of the Advanced Rotorcraft Configurations …

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MFRA Supports NASA Administrator Visit to SimLabs

On October 12, NASA Ames SimLabs was honored to host NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo as they toured the Future Flight Central (FFC) air traffic control tower simulation for the first time.  The focus of their FFC visit NASA’s Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2), which came to a …

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MFRA Employees Recognized with Multiple NASA Ames Research Center Honor Awards

This month, NASA Ames Research Center will hold its 2021 Honor Awards ceremony in Mountain View, California. In total, 20 employees of the MFRA SimLabs contract team were members of three teams receiving group achievement Honor Awards for outstanding performance in supporting the NASA mission. MFRA staff on the Ames SimLabs contract are honored as …

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MFRA SUPPORTING NASA LaRC SIMULATION AND AIRCRAFT SERVICES TASK ORDER

After months of preparation, Metis Flight Research Associates (MFRA) is excited to have started the Simulation and Aircraft Services (SAS) task order support for the Simulation Development and Analysis Branch of the Research Services Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Simulation and Aircraft Services task order provides full life cycle flight simulation …

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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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