Welcome All Current LAA Members and Recent Retirees
The JULY 14th LAA Meeting will be presented on ZOOM, beginning at 11:30 am. President Damodar Ambur will be sending you instructions on how to join this virtual meeting. The talk is about the partnership between NASA Langley Research Center and the Langley Alumni Association to successfully develop “The Langley Research Center NACA and NASA Hall of Honor”. The talk is described in the following poster:
Meetings of The Langley Alumni Association beyond July 2020, Virtual or in the NACA Room in the Cafeteria at NASA Langley Research Center will depend on the situation with the Coronavirus. Hopefully we can resume our meetings in August 2020. In the interim, your Board of Directors will meet by teleconference each Month. The guest speaker presentations for the remaining months of the year will be decided on when we can meet and the speaker availability, and will generally follow the schedule on this website. We will keep the membership informed by email, Newsletter, and this website. We are offering a videoconference presentation on the Langley Hall of Honor on July 14 at 11:30 am.
We welcome our New Members and their names are listed in the section “About Members and Obituaries”. Please take a look and greet them when we next meet together. We have also listed the names of those NASA Retirees who have recently passed. Please keep them in your memories and prayers.
The Last LAA Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at NASA Langley Research Center. Dr. Dale Arney, NASA Langley Research Center (Retired), gave and excellent talk on On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing: Building an Immortal Spaceship. This was an outstanding event that was enjoyed by all participants. Dr. Dale Arney’s abstract: “Historically, spacecraft are constructed on Earth and launched as an integrated, fully functioning system on a single launch vehicle. This approach constrains the size, volume, mass, and mission design of those systems, as they must fit within the given launch vehicle fairing. On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM) is an emerging set of capabilities that enables servicing, repair, upgrade, modular assembly, and inspection of space assets. Incorporating OSAM capabilities into operational missions can improve the performance, affordability, availability, and lifetime compared to traditional approaches. This presentation will present the benefits of OSAM across multiple stakeholders and Langley’s current activities”. The following photo shows new President Damodar Ambur, thanking Dr. Arney for his excellent talk.
Information on Obtaining Badges
To attend Langley Alumni Association (LAA) meetings, Langley retirees can obtain a one-day visitor badge at the NASA Langley Badge and Pass Office. Please bring two forms of government-issued identification. We now have a new process to renew your six-month badge. Within two-three weeks of the badge expiration date, please send an email to:
Please include your legal first and last name as well as a telephone or cell number and state that you are requesting a six-month LAA badge renewal. Call the Badge and Pass Office at 757-864-2790 within a week after you receive notice that the renewal is being processed and to ensure your new badge is ready for pick-up.
Information on Payment of Dues
Annual dues of $5.00 for LAA Members are now due for 2020. You should pay in person at an LAA Meeting or send your payment to Charles Cockrell at the information on the Membership Application Form.
Minutes for both the LAA General Meeting and Board Meeting are contained in the Meeting and Minute Section
The LAA has a close working partnership with the NASA Langley Research Center. Our liaison to NASA Langley Research Center is the talented Melanie Robinson, and she can be reached at 757-864-2660. firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information on Melanie Robinson go to our section on Liaison with Langley Research Center.
The Langley Research Center NACA and NASA Hall of Honor (HoH) is an important partnership between the LAA and LaRC to honor the pioneers and contributors to LaRC over the years. The permanent display of the Honorees at LaRC for Classes 2015 and 2017 has been completed and can be viewed in the NACA Room of the NASA Langley Cafeteria, where the LAA meets. This is an exciting accomplishment of the LAA and NASA Langley Research Center partnership and praise for the outstanding effort of the Langley Graphics team. You can find more information about the 2015 and 2017 classes at the NASA LaRC Hall of Honor website.
The LAA ad hoc committee entitled Langley Retiree Knowledge Capture (LRKC) has been active since early 2019. It is well known that former employees have a vast reservoir of past experience and expertise that may need to be accessible to Langley, other NASA Centers, and even outside organizations. This sub-committee has been exploring this matter and has initiated several related activities. Members of the sub-committee are Marilyn Ogburn, Dan Palumbo, and Wayne Richie and they have been reporting their findings and progress to the Board. In May 2020, Wendy Pennington and Dick Snyder were added to the committee’s membership.
All members of the LAA are encouraged to contact any member of this sub-committee with any ideas or suggestions. The primary point of contact is Marilyn Ogburn (email@example.com).
The LAA Board is continuing to pursue information on spousal benefits. LAA Board will work with Melanie Robinson to acquire the necessary information.
Colloquium and Sigma Lectures – There is an excellent series of monthly lectures available to the LAA membership. The Colloquium is presented in the LaRC Reid Center auditorium at 2:00 pm and the same or similar Sigma Series lecture in the VASC at 7:30 pm. Please visit Colloquium and Sigma Lectures for more details including the upcoming topic.
To keep up with activities at the NASA Langley Research Center visit the NASA Langley Website.
NASA Langley provides an excellent website on public cultural resources at the Center. Please visit Public Cultural Resources.
The Federal Employee Health Benefits health plan brochures are available online at this link.
The Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame is looking for nominees and information is available here.
And Applications to nominate a candidate are available here.
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