The NASTAR Center National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:44:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NASTAR Center Recognizes Area Teachers Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:07:21 +0000 Read More]]>

NASTAR Center Recognizes Area Teachers
SOUTHAMPTON, PA, USA, September 15, 2014 – ETC’s (OTC Pink: ETCC) (“ETC” or the “Company”) NASTAR® Center, the premier commercial space training and research center in the world has recognized 12 teachers from area schools as Distinguished Educators. Teachers who attend 40 hours of training and participate in at least one equipment-based activity at the NASTAR Center receive this award.
The 12 teachers who earned this distinction in 2014 are:
Amanda Birnbrauer, Pope John Paul II High School
Jeanne Costello, Our Lady of Calvary School
Sarah Crandall, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School
Ahngelique Davis, Evesham Township Schools, NJ
Eileen Dunkleberger, Our Lady of Calvary School
David Farina, Manheim Township High School
Jaskiran Kaur, Boy’s Latin High School
Jordana Lacy, Abington High School
Susan Macrone, St. Joseph/St. Robert School
Joanne O’Hanlon, St. Agnes Sacred Heart School
Gregory Severino, Our Lady of Calvary School
Joseph Smith, Our Lady of Good Counsel School
Since 2010, 168 teachers from 13 states have attended professional development programs at the NASTAR Center. Of this group, only 45 have earned the Distinguished Educator honor.
In order to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, the NASTAR Center offers professional development programs for teachers. Educators who attend NASTAR Center programs can pilot an aircraft simulator, fly a space launch and reentry in a centrifuge, or make an 8,000-foot ascent in an altitude chamber as they learn hands-on techniques they can apply in their classrooms.
William F. Mitchell, Chairman and CEO of ETC, stated “We are pleased to open the NASTAR Center to teachers for this program. This nation is facing future shortages of skilled engineers and scientists. We hope attendance at NASTAR Center Professional Development classes will help teachers inspire young people to pursue technical careers.”
For information on NASTAR Center Teacher Professional Development Programs, contact Greg Kennedy at (215) 355-9100 x1512, or Information may also be found at the NASTAR Center website.

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ETC’s AeroMedical Training Institute (AMTI) Completes High G and Ejection Training for Ecuadorian Air Force Pilots Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:09:38 +0000 Read More]]>

High G and Ejection Training for Ecuadorian Air Force Pilots
SOUTHAMPTON, PA, USA, February 28, 2014 – Environmental Tectonics Corporation (OTC Pink: ETCC) (“ETC” or the “Company”) announced today that ETC‘s AeroMedical Training Institute (AMTI) recently completed training of Ecuadorian Air Force Pilots. The Ecuadorian Air Force is responsible for the protection of Ecuador’s airspace as well as participating in many humanitarian and logistic missions into the Amazon-region of the country.
The AMTI provided classroom instruction and practical application training sessions in the subject areas of sustained high G and tactical aviation, and emergency aircraft egress. All practical application training sessions utilized the Authentic Tactical Fighting System (ATFS-400) and Ejection Seat Trainer (EST) which are permanently resident at ETC’s National AeroSpace Training And Research (NASTAR) Center. The squadron of six pilots were successfully trained in a five day period.
The completion of high G training, places the Ecuadorian Air Force as one of the first countries in the world to utilize ATFS-400 technology for combining basic G training with tactical flight training. According to Glenn King, the AMTI’s Director of Training, “Prior to their high G training, the pilots were only capable of sustaining approximately 4 – 5 G’s. Upon completion of training, all pilots were able to successfully employ weapons and score several bandit “kills” while sustaining up to 9 G’s.”
High G Training for Ecuadorian Air Force Pilots
Ken Ginader, ETC’s Director of Business Development for Tactical Flight Training states, “ETC has conducted several tactical training events in the last six years and has noticed most fighter pilots believed they knew how to perform the Anti-G Straining Maneuver (AGSM), but in reality demonstrated otherwise. However, following three days of AMTI training for Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM) engagements, every fighter pilot relearned how to perform a proper AGSM. With budgetary constraints resulting in a reduction of flight hours for tactical pilots in most every air force worldwide, it is important, especially from a risk management perspective, that tactical pilots conduct periodic high G training in a tactical flight training event. With the ATFS-400, it is now possible to conduct high G training while performing a tactical fight training event in flight simulation.”
King said, “This type of flight training validates the concept of combining physiology training with tactical flight training to substantially reduce training and operational costs to our customers.”
The AMTI provides state of the art physiology training to clients worldwide, serving the training and research needs of the military and civil aerospace community. AMTI’s training programs are highly modular and flexible and can accommodate a wide range of aerospace training and research requirements.

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Citizen Astronauts Complete Suborbital Scientist Course Training, Evaluating New Medical Technology at NASTAR Center Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:24:04 +0000 Read More]]>

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Citizens in Space announced that four astronaut candidates have completed Suborbital Scientist training at the National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center, a premier aviation and space training, research, and education facility aimed at optimizing human performance in extreme environments.
Maureen Adams, Lt. Col. Steve Heck (USAF-ret.), Michael Johnson, and Edward Wright have been selected by Citizens in Space to fly as payload operators on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft.
The four citizen-astronaut candidates completed multiple centrifuge runs during the three-day training course, simulating g-forces that will be encountered during a suborbital spaceflight. They also completed altitude-chamber training at simulated altitudes up to 28,000 feet and a rapid-decompression exercise.
“This physiological training is essential preparation for the functions we will perform during our missions,” Colonel Heck said. “To perform our tasks as payload operators, we must be familiar with every aspect of the flight environment in both normal and emergency situations. I am happy to say that all of our citizen-astronaut candidates completed NASTAR training with flying colors.”
In addition to physiological training, the group conducted an evaluation of advanced biomedical sensors manufactured by Sotera Wireless, Inc. of San Diego. Edward Wright and Michael Johnson evaluated the sensors during four centrifuge runs at up to 6.2g. The evaluation was conducted under the direction of Dr. Ravi Komatireddy, a physician researcher and president of Vital Space. Steve Heck and Maureen Adams helped attach and monitor the sensors.
The ViSi Mobile device from Sotera Wireless is a next-generation, wireless vital-sign monitoring system. “We demonstrated how the ViSi Mobile device might be used in a spaceflight or simulated-spaceflight environment, with no disruption or discomfort for the wearer,” Wright said. “This could open the door for using the device to collect actual data during our future training as well as operational space missions.”
“This was an initial evaluation to determine the feasibility of using the ViSi Mobile device in a high-g environment,” said Dr. Komatireddy. “In the past, the most advanced medical technology came out of the space program and was spun off to the private sector. Today, that process is operating in reverse. Low-cost off-the-shelf technology like the ViSi Mobile allows us to collect data that, in the past, required expensive, custom-built aerospace medical devices.”
In 2012, Dr. Komatireddy and colleague Dr. Paddy Barrett tested the ViSi Mobile device on a Zero-G aircraft flight sponsored by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. During that flight, the device was tested in regimes ranging from 0 to 2 g. The centrifuge provided a much more extreme g-force environment. “We have now tested the ViSi Mobile device through the full range of acceleration environments that will be encountered on a suborbital spaceflight,” Dr. Komatireddy said. “This is an important step toward proving the usability and usefulness of the device for future spaceflight participants.”
Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, has purchased 10 flights on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, which it is making available to the citizen-science community. Citizens in Space plans to fly 100 citizen-science experiments and 10 citizen astronauts as payload operators.
The first five citizen-astronaut candidates have been selected and are currently in training. Greg Kennedy, director of education at NASTAR Center, has been selected as the fifth citizen-astronaut candidate. Due to his prior NASTAR training experience, Kennedy did not participate in this portion of the Citizens in Space training.
For more information on Citizens in Space, visit

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NASTAR Education Director Chosen As Space Flight Candidate Nominee By Citizens in Space Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:55:02 +0000 Read More]]>

Southampton, PA USA – July 25, 2013 – The NASTAR Center ( announced that its Director of Educational Programming, Gregory P. Kennedy, was selected by Citizens in Space ( as the 5th astronaut candidate selectee to be considered to fill one of ten spots for a future space flight sponsored by the group.
The announcement, made public on Saturday July 20, 2013, during the group’s 2nd Annual Space Hacker Workshop in Dallas, TX, announced the selection of Mr. Kennedy as the fifth candidate training to fly as a payload operator on the Lynx spacecraft, under construction by XCOR Aerospace in Mojave, CA.
Stated Edward Wright, Project Manager for Citizens in Space, “Our goal is to enable ordinary people to fly into space as citizen astronauts (citizen space explorers) and to fly their experiments into space. Greg embodies the profile of a space candidate.”
Mr. Kennedy’s outreach efforts at the NASTAR Center focus on promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. With over 35 years’ educational experience including; serving as the former Associate Curator for Manned Space Flight at the National Air and Space Museum, where he was curator for the Smithsonian’s exhibits on aerospace medicine, Project Apollo, and rocketry, he was also Executive Director of the Space Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico and served on the Education Committee of the International Astronautical Federation and chaired the Education Committee of the National Association of Rocketry. Mr. Kennedy’s publications include;Touching Space: The Story of Project Manhigh, Apollo to the Moon, The First Men in Space; Rockets and Missiles of White Sands Proving Ground, and Vengeance Weapon Two: Germany’s V-2 Rocket, as well as others.
States Mr. Kennedy, “I am honored to be considered for one of the ten slots. Suffice to say, this would be realization of a lifetime dream and I look forward to the prospect of its fruition”.

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NASTAR Center Becomes NASA Space Place Community Partner Wed, 29 May 2013 07:24:14 +0000 Read More]]>

Southampton, PA, USA. May 29, 2013 – The NASTAR® Center, the premier commercial space training and research center in the world, has been designated as a “NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Space Place Community Partner”. The NASTAR Center and the NASA Space Place partnership help support mutual initiatives to encourage, facilitate, and promote space-based education. The Space Place was started in February 1998 as an education and public outreach project of NASA’s New Millennium Program. The Space Place program includes a kid-friendly website and bulletin board displays at Community Partner sites around the country. Its target audience is elementary-school-age kids. As a Space Place Community Partner, the NASTAR Center has added a Space Place display to its Educator Resource Center (ERC).
“This is one more avenue where teachers and students who visit the NASTAR Center can learn about current NASA projects,” said Gregory Kennedy, the NASTAR Center Director of Education. “NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has provided educational materials that will help us excite young people about the space program,” he added.
The NASTAR Center is an Affiliate Member of the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium and offers science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational programs for students and teachers. To learn more about NASTAR’s Education Programs, go to

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Zero Gravity Corporation and NASTAR Center Sign Teaming Agreement for Space Training Mon, 04 Feb 2013 09:55:08 +0000 Read More]]>

Southampton, PA, USA. February 4, 2013 – The NASTAR® Center, the premier commercial aerospace training and research center, announced today it signed a teaming agreement with Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) to provide space training programs and opportunities to pilots as well as crew, participants and general public audiences.
The goals of the collaboration are to advance the awareness, education and preparation of upcoming commercial space travelers, as well as provide exciting space experiences for general audiences everywhere.
Space training has been a standard part of professional astronaut training since the earliest days of space exploration. Space training can encompass many elements, but at its core it ensures space flight participants can survive and enjoy the journey to and from space; particularly, the launch, the weightlessness and the reentry phases of flight. Training to operate under the high G’s of rocket launch and reentry is the specialty of NASTAR Center, while ZERO-G provides microgravity training so participants learn to function effectively in space environments.
The NASTAR Center is the world’s leading provider of training services for commercial suborbital space flights and is able to support a variety of nominal and off-nominal scenarios and task objectives for suborbital and orbital spaceflight missions It is the first facility to receive safety approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct suborbital space training and now holds two of the four total safety approvals issued by the FAA (altitude training and launch/reentry high-G training). To date, more than 250 future space travelers have prepared for space at the NASTAR Center in Southampton, Pa.
ZERO-G uses a specially modified Boeing 727, G-FORCE ONE™, to perform aerobatic maneuvers known as parabolas to create the reduced environments encountered during suborbital and orbital flights. Training participants also experience Martian and Lunar gravity conditions as well as up to 1.8 G’s of hyper gravity. Issued a safety approval in 2011 by the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation for crew qualification and flight training, ZERO-G has flown 320 commercial parabolic missions for more than 9,000 people worldwide and holds the contract to conduct NASA’s microgravity research and education programs.
“We are interested in forming partnerships that add value for our clients,” states Brienna Henwood, director of space training and research at NASTAR Center. “Zero G is a great complement to our capability–we can put the G’s on, and they take them off. It’s a great match.”
Together, the companies aim to provide a comprehensive training solution for interested audiences and spaceflight clients. Look for opportunities and announcements from both companies in the year to follow.

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Astronauts4Hire and NASTAR Center Sign Space Training Agreement to Expand Space Programs Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:28:31 +0000 Read More]]>

Southampton, PA, USA. January 29, 2013 – The NASTAR® Center, the premier commercial aerospace training and research center, announced today that it has signed a services agreement with Astronauts4Hire (A4H) to provide NASTAR Center Space Training and to collaborate on new A4H-branded training programs for A4H’s commercial astronaut candidates.
A4H and the NASTAR Center will work together to develop A4H-specific training courses for astronaut candidates interested in aiding researchers, payload developers, and spaceflight providers with mission planning and operations support during spaceflight missions.
“A4H is an ambitious organization that has demonstrated diverse interests in space applications,” stated Brienna Henwood, Director of Space Training and Research at the NASTAR Center. “I look forward to their insight and am happy to support their training goals of conducting research operations in space.”
The agreement provides access to advanced commercial spaceflight training, including altitude and motion physiology curricula and hands-on simulated spaceflight launch to reentry flight exposures to A4H members at The NASTAR Center facility, which is located just outside Philadelphia. Space training will feature the NASTAR Center’s PHOENIX centrifuge to deliver the authentic full-force spaceflight mission simulation needed to support a variety of profiles and task objectives encountered by flyers on suborbital and orbital spaceflight missions.
“I am very pleased with this agreement and look forward to working with the NASTAR Center to enhance and tailor their training specifically for professional astronaut-scientist crewmembers,” remarked A4H President Brian Shiro. “With NASTAR as a valued partner, we are well-positioned to meet the needs of the emerging commercial spaceflight industry.
The NASTAR Center is the world’s leading provider of training services for commercial suborbital space flights and first facility to receive safety approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct suborbital space training. To date, more than 250 spaceflight participants and scientists have prepared for space at the NASTAR Center in Southampton, PA.

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NASTAR Camp Summer 2013 Dates Available for Registration Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:18:49 +0000 Read More]]>

Southampton, PA, USA. January 23, 2013 – The NASTAR Center©, the premier commercial space training and research center in the world, will once again host its popular NASTAR Camp summer program for students. In response to requests from parents, NASTAR Camp 2013 will include BRAND NEW sessions for grades 2 through 3 and 9 through 12. NASTAR Camp is a one week program that runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. The NASTAR Camp curriculum is structured to be fun while reinforcing the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology and Engineering Education. All curricula and activities are age- and grade-appropriate.
The emphasis of NASTAR Camp is on hands-on activities and projects that engage students and help them understand science and technology. Camp participants will construct balloon powered cars to learn about Newton’s Laws of Motion, build and launch small gliders to learn about the forces of flight, create simple weather instruments, pilot an aircraft simulator and engage in other activities that foster inquiry-based learning. The 2013 sessions will include brand new activities on robotics, computer control systems, solar energy and the solar system.
William F. Mitchell, President and Chairman of ETC, stated “We are pleased to open the NASTAR Center to students for this program. This nation is facing future shortages of skilled engineers and scientists. We hope NASTAR Camp will inspire some of these young people to pursue technical careers.”
NASTAR Camp will include new sessions for grades 2 to 3 and 9 through 12. The schedule for 2013 is as follows:
July 8 – 12: NASTAR Camp Grades 7 – 8
July 15 – 19: NASTAR Camp Grades 4 – 6
July 22 – 26: NASTAR Camp Grades 7 – 8
July 29 – Aug 2: NASTAR Camp Grades 4 – 6
July 29 – Aug 2: NASTAR Camp Grades 9 – 12 NEW!
Aug 5 – 9: NASTAR Camp Grades 4 – 6
Aug 5 – 9: NASTAR Camp Jr. Grades 2 – 3 NEW!
The cost for NASTAR Camp is $250 per week per child. For NASTAR Camp enrollment information, contact Greg Kennedy at (215) 355-9100, X 1512, or Camp registration forms, permission slips and camp policies may also be downloaded from the NASTAR Center website:

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NASA Study Begins for Integrated Vibration and Acceleration Testing to Reduce Space Payload Mass, Cost and Mission Risk Fri, 26 Oct 2012 09:32:24 +0000 Read More]]>

Southampton, PA, USA. October 26, 2012 – The NASTAR® Center, the premier commercial aerospace training and research center in the world, in collaboration with American Aerospace Advisors, Inc (AAAI) and Drexel University, was awarded a NASA STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) Phase I contract for “Integrated Vibration and Acceleration Testing to Reduce Payload Mass, Cost and Mission Risk”. Tests commenced on the reasearch project today. The goal of the research is to develop the capability to provide integrated acceleration, vibration, and shock testing using a state-of-the-art centrifuge (Phoenix Centrifuge) at the NASTAR Center, in order to subject payloads to the synergistic effects of combined environments. By providing more realistic load profiles, combined environment testing has the potential to significantly reduce payload and lunch vehicle subsystem mass, test costs, and mission risk.
“The results of this contract could have large implications for the space industry – namely the reduction of payload and launch vehicle subsystem mass, lower testing costs, and reduced overall mission risk,” explains David Yoel, CEO of American Aerospace Advisors Inc.
This contract is a follow on from a proof of concept demonstration performed in 2008 by NASTAR Center and AAAI. This contract expands on the original design and employs extensive modeling and simulation, a larger (electro-magnetic) shaker, a CubeSat-class satellite model, increased instrumentation (~10 accelerometers), and features a series of combined environments tests with multi-axis loads.
NASA Kennedy Space Center is the sponsor of the STTR, which runs from February 2012 until February 2013. The value of the Phase I award is $124,214. Combined environments tests are expected to commence in Fall 2012. A Phase II contract (if awarded) will introduce the capability to test even larger systems.
“The hope is that our efforts will lead us to receiving the Phase 2 award worth close to $1 million, which can enable our desired level of performance capability for a variety of payload mass range values”, said Michael Newman, Chief Research Scientist at NASTAR Center.
Earlier efforts to utilize centrifuges for flight qualification included the Space Shuttle Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission where payload up mass limitations created a need for additional testing using a centrifuge to reduce weight and qualify the lightened structure for flight. By testing in this way, NASA was able to substantially reduce the overall mass of the payload aboard the Space Shuttle.
About American Aerospace Advisors, Inc.
American Aerospace Advisors is a privately held, woman-owned small U.S.-based company consisting of scientists, engineers, and business people who are investing in the future of space, airborne remote sensing and unmanned aviation, as well as targeted applied technologies. Additional information is available at or by contacting David Yoel at 610-225-2604 or email
About Drexel University
In 1891, Philadelphia financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel founded the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry to provide educational opportunities in the “practical arts and sciences” for both men and women. Today, Drexel University is a top-ranked, comprehensive research university widely recognized for its focus on experiential learning through its co-operative education program and translational research initiatives. With more than 23,500 students, Drexel is the nation’s 14th largest private university.
About NASTAR Center
The National AeroSpace Training And Research (NASTAR®) Center is a unit of Environmental Tectonics Corporation (“ETC”) ( The NASTAR Center is a state-of-the-art aerospace training, research, and educational facility dedicated in improving the health and safety of humans in extreme conditions. NASTAR Center serves military aviation (fixed and rotary wing), civil aviation (fixed and rotary wing), space travel (government and private) and provides research support for component and human factors testing. For more information about NASTAR Center, visit or contact Brienna Henwood at Tel: 215-355-9100 x1504 or email

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FAA Grants Second Safety Approval for Spaceflight to the National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:34:07 +0000 Read More]]>

Southampton, PA, USA. October 16, 2012 – The NASTAR® Center, the premier commercial aerospace training and research center in the world, earned its second safety approval from the FAA for the center’s Falcon 12/4 Altitude Chamber. This safety approval meets the Crew Qualification and Training Requirements of 14 CFR § 460.5 for Commercial Spaceflight and allows the NASTAR Center to conduct altitude chamber operations from zero (0) feet up to 100,000 feet to support commercial space launch activities, including research, testing, and training pre and post-flight. Rapid decompression events up to equalization altitudes of 30,800 feet are also approved.
This safety approval (SA 12-004) is the second received by NASTAR and one of only four that the FAA Office for Commercial Space Transportation has granted to date. In April 2010, NASTAR Center was the first recipient of an FAA safety approval for its Space Training System: Model 400 (STS-400), a high performance training simulation system capable of replicating the acceleration G forces, vibrations, and visuals associated with suborbital space flight.
The altitude chamber safety approval from the FAA adds to NASTAR’s credibility as a leading provider of Commercial Spaceflight Training. Parent company ETC’s CEO Mr. William Mitchell stated, “The addition of this FAA safety approval is a testament to the dedication NASTAR Center has to providing the best possible training experience for commercial space training participants. The ability of NASTAR Center to provide realistic demonstrations in a reduced oxygen environment is a vital part of any training program. We are proud that we have demonstrated to the FAA that, not only do we manufacture the best altitude chambers in the world, but also provide the best training possible while upholding the strict safety guidelines required by the FAA.”
So far, the NASTAR Center has trained over 250 people for upcoming commercial spaceflights in its NASTAR Space Training Programs, including 115 future Virgin Galactic ‘Astronauts,’ 45 scientists from Universities around the country who plan to conduct research on commercial space flights, and 70 Accredited Space Agents (ASA’s).

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