Weds was the second flight day for our team. Kevin, Jesse, and Dr. Parke were the fliers. They had a great flight and had an awesome time!! Here are some pictures and a video should be up soon!!!
Second flight group taking off!!
Jesse, Kevin, and Dr. Parke
Lookin’ cool :)
Taking the box off the plane
This is our signed NNU flag we gave NASA
Presenting the flag to Doug. Thanks so much Doug!!!
NNU and NASA……so great!
Saying goodbye to Ellington Field
Monday was the last day to get everything on our box ready to fly. We then had the TRR (test readiness review) which is the final big review by all the NASA engineers. Our team flew through the TRR and had no problems at all! The experiment was then loaded on the Zero g plane and strapped down.
Some of the guys with the box
Getting ready for the TRR!! We aren’t worried at all!
The plane right outside our hanger!!!
We are officially ready to fly!!!!
Waiting in the plane for our experiment!
Our box all strapped down
Our neighbor, the WB57
Tuesday was the first day of flight!!!! Weston, Chad, Grady, and Greg Pace were the four flyers. After a briefing, the flyers took some anti-motion-sickness medication then got on the plane!
Last minute briefing!!
NNU leading all the teams to the plane!!!
Boarding the plane!!!!!!!!!!!
Flying off into the distance!
Day one flyers after the flight! So excited and happy!!!
Overall, flight one was fantastic!!! It was a really smooth flight, and the experiment went perfectly. We gathered great data, and had a ton of fun too!!!!!!!!!!
NASA is not open on the weekend, so we had a great chance to explore Houston. On Saturday, we visited a corvette show, then met up with some family friends of Kevin, Chuck and Fran Ramey. They took us out to a wonderful Texas dinner and then we got to go to a night service at their church. After church, we went to their house to watch the Final Four, play games, and spend the night. The next day, the Rameys gave us a great tour of Houston which ended with a great Texas BBQ! Thank you for the great weekend Chuck and Fran!!!!!
Some amazing Corvettes!
The Sharptons. Looking good as always.
The boys all ready to eat some Texas steak!!!
That’s one big steak!!
The Ramey’s church
The team at the Ramey’s
Us with the Ramey’s. Thank you so much Chuck and Fran!! You two are the best!!!
This is a plane that we watched astronauts get into and take off. There is only one other plane in the world like this. It is used to study clouds at 60, 000 feet!
This is Jesse’s new car……
Moving the box in the hotel staircase!
Working in the hotel room!
Greg Pace and Dr. Lawrence with the Guppy in the background!!!
The team with one of the NASA engineers
Looking good for the dinner!
Texas day 2: It has been a great experience so far. This morning we kicked things off by removing our 320lb project from our second floor hotel room. That was a very interesting experience. We reached our destination around 12:00 and were met by NASA’s weightless wonder VI. We are housed in one of NASA’s massive hangers with an airplane known as the Guppy out back. This massive plane is used to transport anything from wings of airbuses to tanks. We were briefed on the rules for the SEED program and then our team leader headed off to a meeting while we setup our experiment. For dinner we ate at a Chinese buffet with all the other teams. On a funny note……..Dr. Parke was given our receipt for $948.51! Apparently they thought that we were going to pay for the meals for all the teams!! Needless to say, Dr. Parke nearly had a heart attack, but the whole situation was eventually figured out!! Overall, today was an exciting day! We all feel really blessed to be getting this chance to be here in Houston and working with NASA!!!