The NASTAR Center National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:46:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NASTAR Center Field Trips Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:06:56 +0000 Read More]]>

Looking for an interesting destination for a school field trip? Bring your class to the NASTAR® Center. Your students will see an altitude chamber, aircraft simulator, ejection seat trainer, spatial disorientation trainer, and high performance human centrifuge. Whenever training or equipment testing is going on, your students will be able to see these devices in action. Students will also see demonstrations of Boyle’s Law of Gases, spatial disorientation, and will be able to try on pieces of flight equipment.
NASTAR Center field trips support the following Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology and Engineering Education:
Science as Inquiry Standards: all standards
Biological Sciences: Form and Function
Physical Sciences, Chemistry

  • Properties of Matter
  • Structure of Matter

Physical Sciences, Physics

  • Force and Motion
  • Electrical and Magnetic Energy

Technology and Engineering Education

  • Characteristics of Technology
  • Core Concepts of Technology
  • Technology Connections

Technology and Society

  • Effects of Technology
  • Society and Development of Technology
  • Technology and History

Technology and Engineering Design

  • Design Attributes
  • Engineering Design
  • Research and Development, Invention and Innovation

Abilities for a Technological World

  • Applying the Design Process
  • Using and Maintaining Technological Information
  • Assessing Impact of Products and Systems

The Designed World

  • Medical Technologies
  • Transportation Technologies
  • Manufacturing Technologies

For enrollment information, contact Greg Kennedy at (215) 355-9100, X 1512, or A registration packet may also be downloaded from the NASTAR Center website.

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NASTAR Center Will Be Attending the NBAA Regional Forum at Palm Beach International Airport on February 19th Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:25:32 +0000 Read More]]>

Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I) is indisputably the leading cause of fatal airplane crashes and crash-related fatalities nationwide. So problematic is LOCI that the NTSB included it in its 2015 Most Wanted List.
The National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center is going to be attending the NBAA Regional Forum at Palm Beach International Airport on February 19th, and will be available to discuss our Part 135 business aviation focused training programs. We have times available on both February 19th and 20th, but they are filling up fast!
Since 2007 the NASTAR Center has trained thousands of pilots from around the globe using the most advanced simulator technology available. Current doctrine generates pilots who are well trained to fly within the Normal flight envelope. However, pilots need to experience Startle, Surprise and other Stressors, including G-Forces during training in order to be prepared for that once in a lifetime maneuver. Our solution is Upset Prevention and Recovery Training in our G-producing, two-seat full-motion simulator.
Other highly-acclaimed programs offered through the NASTAR Center, including Altitude Awareness and Hypoxia Training, Situational Awareness/Spatial Disorientation and Practical Crew Resource Management (CRM), further address major safety problems in aviation. Once again, all are developed specifically for Part 135 pilots.
Please contact us to schedule a meeting to discuss a customized approach to your training.
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NASTAR Teacher Professional Development Program Dates for 2015 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:40:21 +0000 Read More]]>

NASTAR Teacher Professional Development Program Dates for 2015
The NASTAR® Center, a premier commercial space training and research center, will once again host its popular professional development programs for teachers during the summer of 2015. Single-day programs for teachers are Monday – Friday, from 8:15 AM – 4:15 PM. The NASTAR Center is an approved provider of Act 48 professional development hours for Pennsylvania teachers. Out of state participants will receive documentation of attendance at NASTAR Center programs for submission to their local school districts. Each program is worth 8 hours of professional development.
The schedule for 2015 NASTAR Teacher Professional Development programs is as follows:

Funding from the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium is used to support these programs so they are being offered AT NO COST TO TEACHERS. Since 2010, 168 teachers from 13 states have participated in professional development programs at the NASTAR Center. Special pricing for out of town participants has been arranged with a local hotel.
For enrollment information, contact Greg Kennedy at (215) 355-9100, X 1512, or A registration packet may also be downloaded from the NASTAR Center website.

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NASTAR Camp Dates for 2015 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:15:19 +0000 Read More]]>

The NASTAR® Center, a premier commercial space training and research center, will once again host its popular NASTAR Camp program for students in grades 2 – 12 during the summer of 2015. NASTAR Camp sessions are Monday – Friday, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The NASTAR Camp curriculum has been structured to be fun while it reinforces the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology and Engineering Education. All curricula and activities are age and grade appropriate.
Each week-long session has a particular theme with relevant activities that comprise about half of the program. Students will also assemble and fly balsa gliders, pilot an aircraft simulator, build and launch model rockets, and engage in other perennial favorite activities. The emphasis throughout each week is on hands-on activities and projects that engage students and foster inquiry-based learning to help them better understand science and technology.
Richard A. Leland, President of the NASTAR Center, stated “We are pleased to once again open our doors to students through NASTAR Camp. Our nation faces challenges including the need for additional scientists and engineers to ensure continued economic growth. Our objective with the NASTAR Camps is to inspire young people to pursue technical careers.”
The schedule for NASTAR Camp 2015 is as follows:

The cost for NASTAR Camp is $250.00 per week. For NASTAR Camp enrollment information, please contact Greg Kennedy at (215) 355-9100, X 1512, or A registration packet may also be downloaded from the NASTAR Center website,

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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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