Engineering and Physic NASA Videos

Engineering Videos

00:13:28
Flight Tests Validate Collision-Avoidance System
Flights tests of a smartphone-assisted automatic ground collision avoidance system at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center consistently commanded evasive maneuvers when it sensed that the unmanned test aircraft was getting too close to mountainous terrain. When fully developed, the technology could help prevent controlled-flight-into-terrain accidents by general aviation and unmanned aircraft.

00:01:18
Innovation Now - HIAD- Changing the Way We Explore
A HIAD (Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator) could allow NASA to send more scientific instruments to distant worlds because it weighs less.

00:06:19
Interview with Amy Ross, Spacesuit Engineer (Part 1)
NASA Public Affairs Officer Josh Byerly talks with Amy Ross, Spacesuit Engineer at Johnson Space Center.

00:04:34
Interview with Amy Ross, Spacesuit Engineer (Part 2)
NASA Public Affairs Officer Josh Byerly talks with Amy Ross, Spacesuit Engineer at Johnson Space Center.

00:10:59
ISS Update- Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer
NASA Public Affairs Officer Kelly Humphries interviews Trent Martin, Johnson Space Center project manager for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) aboard the International Space Station. Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation. For the latest news about the space station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.

00:10:59
ISS Update- ATV-3 ReEntry Breakup Recorder
ISS Update Commentator Pat Ryan talks with Dr. William Ailor, Principal Investigator for the ReEntry Breakup Recorder (REBR) for The Aerospace Corporation. Ailor talks about capturing data as Europe’s ATV-3 cargo craft re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere for a fiery destruction over the Pacific Ocean.

00:11:08
ISS Update- Burning and Suppression of Solids
ISS Update Commentator Pat Ryan interviews Paul Ferkul, Principal Investigator for the Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS) experiment, about performing combustion experiments in microgravity. Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation. For the latest news about the space station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.

00:10:02
ISS Update- Checking Out Robonaut 2
NASA Public Affairs Officer Josh Byerly interviews Nic Radford, deputy project manager for Robonaut 2, as the astronauts aboard the station checked out the humanoid robot. Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation. For the latest news about the space station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.

:00:02:44
ISS Update- Robonaut Glove Test (Part 2)
NASA Public Affairs Officer Brandi Dean interviews Chris Ihrke, General Motors Lead Engineer for the Robo-Glove Project, about the Robonaut glove test. Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation. For the latest news about the space station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.

00:10:08
ISS Update- Robonaut 2
ISS Update commentator Pat Ryan sits down with Dr. Ron Diftler, Robonaut project lead, to discuss the first humanoid robot in space. Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation.

00:08:23
ISS Update- Solar Powered Refrigerator
NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot interviews Mike Ewert, Life Support and Thermal Systems Engineer. Ewert co-invented the solar powered refrigerator for stowage of medical samples, preservation of food and cooling of astronauts and thier habitats. Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation. For the latest news about the space station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.

00:09:22
ISS Update- SpaceX Dragon Operations
NASA Public Affairs Officer Kelly Humphries talks with Lead Integration and Systems Engineer Paul Brower about SpaceX Dragon operations as the spacecraft's unberthing approaches. Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation. For the latest news about the space station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.

00:09:29
ISS Update- VASIMR Plasma Rocket
NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot interviews Ken Bollweg, VASIMR Project Manager, about VASIMR (Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket), recent testing progress and future applications. Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation. For the latest news about the space station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.

00:06:16
Robonaut 2 ISS Operations Overview
Deputy Robonaut 2 Project Manager Nic Radford discusses the culmination of R2’s checkouts on orbit and what’s next for the robot.

00:02:06
Robonaut 2 Speaks Sign Language
Robonaut 2 goes through a series of dexterity tests as it spells out “Hello world” in sign language while Flight Engineer Don Pettit looks on.

00:01:14
Meet NASA's Bug Team
There's a team of researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia who are studying ways to prevent the remains of insect impacts from sticking to the wing of an aircraft in flight. Meet Mia Siochi and other members of the bug team who are testing different coatings to see which do the best job at preventing bug build-up and the resulting disruption of air flow that reduces fuel efficiency.

00:02:37
NASA Developing Mining Robot for Moon, Mars
NASA is developing the RASSOR mining robot to collect soil, or regolith, on the moon or Mars so it can be processed into rocket fuel, breathable air and other commodities. By using materials available at other locations in the solar system, astronauts don't have to carry it all from Earth.

00:07:09
NASA's Space Launch System- Powering Forward
One year ago, NASA announced a new capability for America's space program: a heavy-lift rocket to launch humans farther into space than ever before. See how far the Space Launch System has come in one short year. (NASA/MSFC)

00:24:31
NASA X- IRVE-3- A New Way To Land On Other Planets
Researchers have developed a revolutionary new way to land on other planets

00:06:28
NuSTAR Spacecraft and Vehicle Flow
Engineers took special care when preparing the NuSTAR spacecraft and Pegasus rocket for launch.

00:03:02
Origin Story- Blended Wing Body
NASA is partnering with the Boeing Company, among others, to develop and test the blended wing body aircraft. The BWB has the potential to significantly reduce fuel use and noise. In this video, Boeing tells the story of how they furthered the BWB design.

00:07:41
Orion- From Factory to Flight
NASA is making steady progress on building the Orion spacecraft, which will take astronauts deeper into space than ever before. Take a look at the latest achievements and milestones in “Orion: From Factory to Flight” as Orion gets ready for its first orbital test flight in 2014.

01:11:46
Technical Seminar- 'Aviation and the Environment'
Aircraft noise and local air quality concerns are strong constraints on airspace system capacity. These constraints have prompted cancellation, delays, and down-scaling of plans to expand airport capacity over the past decades. What are some of the solutions to help manage growth? Presented April 8, 2008

01:15:03
Technical Seminar- 'Crash Safety'
This seminar addresses the history and successful progress in predicting and improving the crash safety characteristics of vehicles, with particular emphasis on rotary wing aircraft and composite structures. Presented October 17, 2006

01:24:47
Technical Seminar- 'Data Mining for Air Safety'
Anonymous collections of data from the aviation community can sometimes be 'mined' to reveal patterns that can lead to improvements, most often in safety of operations or the aircraft itself. Two of NASA's best data experts discuss advances in extracting information efficiently and reliably from large, distributed, multiple, heterogeneous sources of aviation safety data. Aired September 22, 2006.

01:14:36
Technical Seminar- Electron Beam Forming Fabrication
EBF³ uses a focused electron beam in a vacuum environment to create a molten pool on a metallic substrate. This layer-additive process enables fabrication of parts directly from CAD drawings. The promise of this technology extends far beyond its applicability to low-cost manufacturing and aircraft structural designs. EBF³ could provide a way for astronauts to fabricate structural spare parts and new tools aboard the International Space Station or on the surface of the moon or Mars. Presented May 22, 2008.

01:31:44
Technical Seminar- Evolution of Jet Engine Blade Containment Systems
During normal flight the fan case provides structural support for the inlet/nacelle structure and confines the fan air flow path. In the event of an engine blade failure the case also provides protection to the aircraft structure by containing any separated fragments within the engine environment. NASA is studying a new 'softwall' approach that allows failed blade fragments to penetrate the fan case structure inner wall and be captured within. Presented September 18, 2007.

00:58:57
Technical Seminar- 'Flight Deck Technologies'
Reduced visibility affects the safety and efficiency of nearly all flight operations. As a result, researchers are improving ways to give pilots a vision capability that is independent of actual visibility or weather conditions. Presented January 31, 2008

01:21:52
Technical Seminar- 'Modeling and Optimization in Air Traffic Management'
Traffic Flow Management (TFM) is the efficient organization of traffic flows to meet demand taking into account capacity constraints at airports and in en route airspace. TFM involves thousands of aircraft and several layers of decision-makers scattered between the FAA, Airlines and other users of airspace. This talk explores the complexity of TFM by considering research in four areas: (a) Characteristics of the TFM Network, (b) Aggregate Models for TFM, (c) Relationship between weather, traffic and delay and (d) Optimization. Aired June 26, 2007.

01:25:01
Technical Seminar- 'Entry, Descent and Landing'
The current state-of-the-art in planetary entry, decent, and landing (EDL) systems is derived primarily from a 30 year old technology set developed for the Mars Viking Program, including the heritage spherically blunted conical aeroshell geometry, ablative thermal protection system material, and the supersonic disc-gap-band parachute. Presented November 27, 2006

01:22:25
Technical Seminar- Exploring Hypersonic Flow
NASA Aeronautics is developing a method for 2D and 3D imaging of hypersonic flows, called Nitric Oxide Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (NO-PLIF). NO-PLIF has been used to study basic transition flow physics for scramjet engine inlets and the effects of reaction control system jets, shear layers, wake flowfields, and simulated heat-shield ablation related to high mass Mars entry technology. Presented November 26, 2007.

01:14:33
Technical Seminar- Oil-Free Turbomachinery for Rotorcraft
Rotorcraft engines are among the most demanding applications for conventional oil-lubricated bearings because they must operate with extreme reliability and the highest possible power density. Recent breakthroughs in gas-lubricated oil bearings, high temperature solid lubricants and computer based modeling enable the deployment of revolutionary oil-free turbomachinery systems that weigh less and cost less to operate and maintain. Presented November 4, 2008.

01:18:48
Technical Seminar- 'Progress in Aircraft Noise Research'
Advances in aircraft noise research can be attributed to the development of new technologies and sustained collaboration with industry, universities and government organizations. Emphasis has been given to developing noise prediction methods, diagnostic methods for determining noise sources, and noise reduction methods that are applicable across a wide range of aircraft. Presented October 16, 2007

01:24:59
Technical Seminar- 'Shape Memory Alloys'
Shape memory alloys are a unique group of materials that remember their original shape and return to that shape after being strained. How could the aerospace, automotive, and energy exploration industries benefit from exploiting shape memory behavior? This Aeronautics Technical Seminar was presented August 28, 2008

01:24:42
Technical Seminar- 'Quest for Aircraft Stability and Control'
Testing of full-scale aircraft in flight to validate or improve predictions obtained through wind tunnel testing or CFD calculations is expensive and time-consuming. Being able to test aircraft stability and control using real-time onboard computations is now within reach and has far-reaching implications for efficient flight testing, control system design, aircraft health monitoring, pilot training, aircraft fleet maintenance, and safety. Aired May 18, 2007.

01:15:41
Technical Seminar- 'Thermal Protection Systems'
Hypersonic vehicles differ significantly from rocket-based vehicles in their architecture and mission. The high temperature gradients and structural loads are 'Achilles heels.' This presentation discusses recent advances in thermal protection systems and hot structures for hypersonic vehicles and the technical challenges that need to be overcome. Aired March 20, 2007.

01:21:39
Technical Seminar- 'Towards Intelligent Flight Control'
The idea behind intelligent flight control is to provide more autonomy in an aircraft cockpit. Such systems must allow for all different kinds of situations and for human factors that occur in loss-of-control situations. The NextGen aircraft concepts and designs currently studied elevate the complexity required in flight control designs. NASA is studying several intelligent control architectures including: (a) direct and hybrid adaptive control architectures; (b) intelligent flight planning and guidance architectures; (c) data-based optimal control architectures for jet engine combustion control; (d) an adaptive critic-based trajectory generator for long-duration missions; and (e) intelligent control architecture for ESTOL vehicles; and (f) payload-directed navigation and guidance architecture. Presented June 30, 2008.

01:24:41
Technical Seminar- 'Trajectory-Based Operations'
A safe and efficient air traffic management system is vital to the nation's economy. This seminar explores the concepts and current research into air traffic control concepts that focus on more dimensions of flight. Presented January 16, 2007

00:43:14
Technology's Role in NASA's Future
NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun talks to NASA managers about the vital role technology research and development will play in NASA's future. Braun discusses how NASA will use new technologies to gain knowledge and capabilities for future exploration of the universe and our home planet.

01:01:18
The Leading Edge - Green Aviation
What is NASA doing to make air transportation quieter, cleaner and more economical? This NASA TV panel discussion and audience Q&A features Fay Collier, project manager for NASA Aeronautics' Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project, and Carl Burleson, acting deputy associate administrator for policy, plans and environment at the Federal Aviation Administration.

00:01:48
Transformed X-48C Takes to the Air on First Flight
The remotely operated X-48C Blended Wing Body aircraft lifts off Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on its first test flight Aug. 7, 2012. The sub-scale technology demonstrator, modified from the prior X-48B configuration, began a new flight test phase in a partnership between NASA and The Boeing Company's Phantom Works research and technology division.

Physics Videos

00:01:56
A Journey of Light Through Space and Time
This artist's animation depicts the 'life' of a photon, or particle of light, as it travels across space and time, from the very early universe to the Planck satellite. By creating maps of the oldest light in the universe, Planck scientists are learning about the epic journey of light through the cosmos. The mission's maps showing this ancient light, called the cosmic microwave background, have revealed the most precise information yet about the universe's fundamental traits, such as its age, contents and the seeds of all structure, without which we would not exist.

00:01:09
Alan Shepard Hits A Golf Ball on the Moon
Apollo 14 Commander and original Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to fly in space, tees off on the lunar surface during his 1971 mission, with crewmate Edgar Mitchell watching and capcom Fred Haise commenting from Mission Control. Shepard said the ball went 'miles and miles.'

00:09:25
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) Overview
The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is flying to the station on STS-134. The AMS experiment is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector being operated by an international team composed of 60 institutes from 16 countries and organized under United States Department of Energy (DOE) sponsorship. The AMS Experiment will use the unique environment of space to advance knowledge of the universe and lead to the understanding of the universe’s origin. The AMS is a high profile space-based particle physics experiment that is led by Nobel laureate Samuel Ting of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

00:00:47
Apollo 15 Proves Galileo Correct
At the end of the last Apollo 15 moon walk, Commander David Scott held out a geologic hammer and a feather and dropped them at the same time. Because they were essentially in a vacuum, there was no air resistance and the feather fell at the same rate as the hammer, as Galileo had concluded hundreds of years before.

00:00:17
Boiling Fluids Behave Quite Differently in Space
The boiling process is really different in space, since the vapor phase of a boiling liquid does not rise via buoyancy. Spacecraft and Earth-based systems use boiling to efficiently remove large amounts of heat by generating vapor from liquid. For example, many power plants use this process to generate electricity. An upper limit, called the critical heat flux, exists where the heater is covered with so much vapor that liquid supply to the heater begins to decrease. The goal of BXF-MABE is to determine the critical heat flux during boiling in microgravity. This will facilitate the optimal design of cooling systems on Earth, as well as in space exploration vehicles.

00:05:45
Einstein's Cosmic Speed Limit
When it comes to the structure of space and time, could light be the key to unlocking the final secrets of the universe?

00:07:30
Infrared- Beyond the Visible
'Infrared: Beyond the Visible,' is a fast, fun look at why infrared light matters to astronomy, and what the Webb Space Telescope will search for once it's in orbit. Caption file available at: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/685629main_INFRARED_script.pdf

00:02:37
Microgravity Science Glovebox
This video is one of a series of short features about some of the experiment racks on station. This video focuses on the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) and features the Structure and Liftoff in Combustion Experiment (SLICE) and the Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS).

00:02:00
Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer for ISS
This is one of a series of short features about some of the experiment racks on station. This video focuses on the Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).

00:10:15
Space Station Live- Fluids and Combustion Facility
NASA Public Affairs Officer Brandi Dean speaks with Robert Corban, Fluids and Combustion Facility Manager, about the research being performed aboard the International Space Station using this state-of-the-art facility.

00:02:23
NASA Researches the 'FaINT' Side of Sonic Booms
As the latest in a continuing progression of NASA supersonics research projects aimed at reducing or mitigating the effect of sonic booms, the Farfield Investigation of No Boom Threshold, or FaINT, flight research project will help engineers better understand evanescent waves, an acoustic phenomenon that occurs at the very edges or just outside of the cone or envelope where sonic booms are heard.

00:06:37
Pursuit of Light
Big data; awesome resolution; indie filmmaking. NASA takes aim at wide audiences with a bold, inventive short film built from some of the biggest data sets ever captured by the space agency. Combined with arresting time lapse footage of the natural world and a moody, energetic score, 'Pursuit of Light' presents an exciting take on daring NASA science in the 21st century.

00:09:03
Radiation and Human Space Exploration
Just outside the protective layer of Earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere, is a universe full of radiation. What happens to our bodies when we leave the surface of Earth to travel in space or visit the International Space Station?

00:05:19
Science off the Sphere- Astro Puffs
In his off-duty time, NASA Astronaut Don Pettit experiments with the physics of water in the weightless environment aboard the International Space Station. Through a partnership between NASA and the American Physical Society you can participate in Pettit's physics challenge and view future experiments here:

00:08:23
Science off the Sphere- Earth in Infrared
International Space Station Expedition 30 astronaut Don Pettit views cities, agricultural areas and deserts using an infrared camera for 'Science off the Sphere.' Through a partnership between NASA and the American Physical Society you can participate in Pettit’s physics challenge and view future experiments here: http://www.physicscentral.com/sots

00:02:09
Science off the Sphere- Fun with Antibubbles
International Space Station Expedition 30 astronaut Don Pettit injects air bubbles inside a sphere of water to demonstrate physics in space for 'Science off the Sphere.' Through a partnership between NASA and the American Physical Society you can participate in Pettit’s physics challenge and view future experiments here: http://www.physicscentral.com/sots

00:04:10
Science off the Sphere- Goo
International Space Station Expedition 31 astronaut Don Pettit uses his computer speakers to test the behavior of non-newtonian fluids in the weightless environment aboard the station. Through a partnership between NASA and the American Physical Society you can participate in Pettit's physics challenge and view future experiments here: http://www.physicscentral.com/sots

00:05:23
Science off the Sphere- Knitting Needles
International Space Station Expedition 30 astronaut Don Pettit uses knitting needles and water droplets to demonstrate physics in space for 'Science off the Sphere.' Through a partnership between NASA and the American Physical Society you can participate in Pettit’s physics challenge and view future experiments here: http://www.physicscentral.com/sots

00:03:21
Science off the Sphere- Lenses and Vortices
International Space Station Expedition 30 astronaut Don Pettit demonstrates physics in space for 'Science off the Sphere.' Through a partnership between NASA and the American Physical Society you can participate in Pettit's physics challenge and view future experiments here: http://www.physicscentral.com/sots

00:05:46
Science off the Sphere- Space Soundwaves
International Space Station Expedition 30 astronaut Don Pettit demonstrates water oscillations on a speaker in microgravity, and ZZ Top rocks the boat 250 miles above Earth for 'Science off the Sphere.' Through a partnership between NASA and the American Physical Society you can participate in Pettit’s physics challenge and view future experiments here: http://www.physicscentral.com/sots

00:06:05
Science off the Sphere- Space Soundwaves II- Electric Didgeridoo
International Space Station Expedition 31 astronaut Don Pettit uses the station's vacuum cleaner and a shirt to make an electric Didgeridoo to test the behavior of non-newtonian fluids in the weightless environment aboard the station. Through a partnership between NASA and the American Physical Society you can participate in Pettit's physics challenge and view future experiments here: http://www.physicscentral.com/sots

00:04:33
Science off the Sphere- Spring Theory
NASA astronaut Don Pettit demonstrates how to measure mass in a weightless environment. Through a partnership between NASA and the American Physical Society you can participate in Pettit's physics challenge and view future experiments here: http://www.physicscentral.com/sots

00:05:12
Science off the Sphere- Thin Film Physics
International Space Station Expedition 30 astronaut Don Pettit demonstrates physics in space for 'Science off the Sphere.' Through a partnership between NASA and the American Physical Society you can participate in Pettit's physics challenge and view future experiments here: http://www.physicscentral.com/sots

00:03:00
Science off the Sphere- Yo-Yos in Space
NASA astronaut Don Pettit uses his off-duty time to practice his microgravity yo-yo skills. Through a partnership between NASA and the American Physical Society you can participate in Pettit's physics challenge and view experiments here: http://www.physicscentral.com/sots

00:09:44
State-of-the-Art Particle Physics Detector
The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector being operated by an international team composed of 60 institutes from 16 countries and organized under United States Department of Energy (DOE) sponsorship. It uses the unique environment of space to advance knowledge of the universe and lead to the understanding of the universe's origin.