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Welcome All Current LAA Members and Recent Retirees (We hope you join Us)

ALERT, ALERT, TUESDAY MARCH 10 MEETING CANCELLED – The Langley Alumni Association Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in the NACA Room in the Cafeteria at NASA Langley Research Center has been cancelled. Hopefully we can resume meetings in April.  The speaker then will be Dr. Mujeeb R. Malik, Senior Technologist for Aerodynamics, NASA Langley Research Center. The title of his talk is NASA’s CFD Vision 2030, A Path to Revolutionary Computational Aerodynamics.  

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 SpaceshipThis 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:

larc-alumni-request@mail.nasa.gov

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

 Ongoing Activities

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. melanie.l.robinson@nasa.gov.

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 Board has established a new ad hoc committee entitled Langley Retiree Knowledge Capture (LRKC).  It is well known that LAA retirees 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 appointed by the Board to explore this matter and to define what the scope and organization of the effort would be if the LAA undertakes the task. Members of the sub-committee are Marilyn Ogburn, Rob Calloway, Dan Palumbo, and Wayne Richie and will be reporting their findings to the Board at future meetings.

Meanwhile, 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 (meogburn2@cox.net).

The LAA Board is 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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