UND to Partner With Cirrus Design on Space-Flight Simulator
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Contact: Karen Ryba/Phone: 701-777-4761
July 14, 2008
University of North Dakota to Partner
With Cirrus Design on Space-Flight Simulator
(Grand Forks, ND) â€" Cirrus Design Corp. began construction of a horizontal space-flight simulator to be used by the University of North Dakota's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
When operational, the simulator will give North Dakota students and select visitors the opportunity to use software that simulates a spaceflight by either a NASA space shuttle, an X-15 or the pioneering personal commercial spacecraft, SpaceShipOne. UND students and Cirrus professionals were involved in the construction of the simulator, whose design was based of the personal commercial spaceflight Ansari X-Prize winner.
â€œAside from working on a project in the field of aerospace, and the obvious excitement from helping replicate a design that won the X-Prize, the project has allowed both Cirrus and UND an opportunity to showcase our respective talents,' said Tom Haggy, Director, Grand Forks Operations for Cirrus Design Corporation.
The principal investigator for the simulator's construction, UND Space Studies research associate Pablo de Leon, said, â€œUND would be the only university with this combination of space simulation systems. This opportunity will pave the way for UND to have training for private spaceflight crews in the future.'
The project was funded in part by the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium. Suezette Bieri, Deputy Director of North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, said, â€œCirrus agreed to give workspace, expertise and materials to help us construct the simulator, which will be the first horizontal simulator made like SpaceShipOne in a university.'
Students involved in the project included Emily Chwialkowski, a UND Space Studies graduate student, and Luke Sandbeck-Moriarty and Tyler Jacobson, both UND undergraduate engineering students.
About UND Aerospace: UND Aerospace, which includes the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota and the UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF), is an international leader in collegiate and contract aviation education and training services flying over 90,000 hours per year in over 120 aircraft. UNDAF also has facilities in Spokane, Washington, with Spokane Falls Community College; Lumberton, North Carolina, with Robeson Community College; Phoenix, Arizona, in conjunction with Chandler-Gilbert Community College; and Crookston, Minnesota, with the University of Minnesota in addition to its home-base in Grand Forks, North Dakota. With more than 1,900 students from throughout the world, the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is the second largest college at the University of North Dakota. Undergraduate and graduate programs leading to a variety of rewarding careers in aerospace are offered through five different academic departments: aviation, atmospheric sciences, computer science, earth system science and policy, and space studies. The UND Aerospace training complex is the most technologically advanced environment for aerospace education, training and research in the world.
In 2008, UND Aerospace will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. A series of regional alumni gatherings will be held across the country, as well as several events during UND's Homecoming and 125th anniversary on October 13-18. For an updated listing of events, see www.undaerospace.com or www.undalumni.org.
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