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Asteroid Named After Wayne Richie

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Delma C. Freeman (left), Acting Director of Langley Research Center, presents a plaque to Wayne Richie, an employee in the Langley’s Space Science Support Office, recognizing him for having an asteroid named after him. The plaque includes the following text from from an International Astronomical Union citation: “Discovered 1998 Sept. 17 by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search at the Anderson Mesa Station. R. Wayne Richie (b. 1942) is a NASA engineer who has worked with both human and robotic space exploration. As Discovery program acquisition manager, he helped shape the technical, cost and risk assessment procedures in the selection process for the Discovery planetary exploration program.” Employees in the Space Science Support Office gathered on May 21 to honor Richie. “I was very touched and honored,” said Richie, who has garnered many awards in his 38 years with NASA. “This would be near the top, if not at the top.”

Photo by Jeff Caplan

Langley Employees Serve
On N.C. State Design Review Panel

Photo of Mark MotterLangley Research Center employees Mark Motter and Dan Vicroy served on a review panel for senior aircraft design projects at North Carolina State University on May 2.

N.C. State requires aerospace engineering students to design, fabricate and flight-test a model built to challenging requirements that are developed by the faculty at the start of Photo of Dan Vicroyeach academic year. This year, requirements included a dash speed of 175 knots, a landing speed of 40 knots, and an 8 degree glide slope capability.

On May 2, students presented their designs to an audience of 100 fellow students, faculty and family members and answered technical questions from the review panel. Following the presentations, the models were demonstrated in flight at Perkins Field, about 35 miles from the campus.

Motter and Vicroy both work in Langley’s Airborne Systems Competency.

Langley Personnel Who Have Contributed
To The Space Shuttle Columbia Investigation

The names of some 200 Langley Research Center employees who have provided support to the Space Shuttle Columbia investigation were listed in the May 9 edition of the Researcher News.

In addition to those names, the following personnel and organizations also have contributed to the investigation:

  • Aerodynamics, Aerothermodynamics & Acoustics Competency: Gregory Buck, William Kleb and William A. Wood.
  • Airborne Systems Competency: John Gleason.
  • Systems Engineering Competency: Bob Berry, Tom Burns, Bob Fox, Jeff Knutson and Bruce Little.
  • Office of Procurement: Afrikka Brooks, Nichole Carnicky, Susan McClain, Lionel Nadeau and Terri D. William.
  • Office of Security and Environmental Management: Larry Allen, Chuck Cramer and John Gibbons.

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