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COMPUTERS AND AVIATION

I. Work in pairs. Make up a list of possible application of computers in aviation. Compare it with your groupmates.

II. Match the photos with the appropriate captions and discuss the importance of the events.

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a) Melba Roy headed the group of NASA mathematicians, known as "computers," who tracked the Echo satellites in the 1960s. The group's computations helped produce the orbital element timetables by which millions could view the satellite from Earth as it passed overhead.

b) Computer Update Equipment (CUE) provided automatic distribution of flight-plan data to air traffic controllers beginning in the early 1970s.

c) Wind tunnel facilities often employed groups of women whose job it was to perform mathematical calculations relating to airflow. They were euphemistically referred to as "female computers."

d) This photo, taken in 1949 in the Engine Research Building at NACA's Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory, is an early analog computing machine.

e) Three views of an SST configuration drawn entirely by a computer. Such analytical techniques proved inadequate for "off design" portions of the SST mission, such as stability under various aerodynamic forces. Wind tunnel testing was necessary.

III. Give Ukrainian equivalents.

Airfoil; level; target; missile; flight control; flyability; yaw; Heads Up Display;

fluid dynamics

IV. Read and translate the text.


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