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April 5th Meeting

(Thursday evening 7:30pm )

The guest speaker for the April 5th meeting of the South West Florida Astronomical Society will be Mr. Charles (Chuck) McClinton. Mr. McClinton, presently an independent aerospace consultant, retired from NASA in July, 2005, after 38 years of service. His last assignment with NASA was as Hypersonic Technology Manager for the Hyper-X Program responsible for vehicle definition, wind tunnel testing, and all hypersonic technology development.
Chuck has authored numerous publications addressing all areas of hypersonic propulsion, propulsion airframe integration, and hypersonic vehicle synthesis. An aviation enthusiast, Mr. McClinton will discuss NASA’s history in scramjet vehicle R&D which culminated in the X-43 Research vehicle program and test flights reaching Mach 9.68 at 110,00 feet. Chuck will present details of the X-43 vehicle and its systems, movies and video taken during the flights, flight controller computer visualization of the flight characteristics and maneuvers, flight test measurements, and a vision for use of the fascinating technology.
This is one presentation you will not want to miss. We hope to see you at the Planetarium on Thursday, April 5th at 7:30pm.

Michael J. McCauley
Program Coordinator

As usual, the meeting will be held at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers.  Hope to see you there.

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We are:  The South West Florida Astronomical Society, Inc.  (SWFAS) P.O. Box 100127, Cape Coral, Florida  33910.

We meet the 1st Thursday of the month (7:30 P.M.):  Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium,  3450 Ortiz Avenue,  Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811.

The Southwest Florida Astronomical Society, Inc. was formed in 1980 by amateur astronomers in Lee County, Florida.  Its many goals include educating the public, school children, and scouts about the wonders of the night sky.  S.W.F.A.S. regularly works with the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, as well as Florida Gulf Coast University with public observing events.


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