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Three members of Stanford's Aero/Astro Department are part of the team that has won NASA's 2013 Associate Administrator Award for Technology and Innovation. Prof. Juan J. Alonso, Engineering Research Associate Francisco Palacios, and Ph.D. student Trent Lukaczyk are the only university participants among the NASA employees and contractors who are working on the High-Fidelity Tool Validation for Sonic Boom and Drag Prediction Team.

The team was selected for the award "for development and validation of high-fidelity predictive tools and concepts to significantly reduce sonic-boom levels through aircraft shaping, while addressing the complexities of airflow around airplanes flying in the real world. Such capabilities enable exploration of supersonic designs to reduce sonic booms to acceptable noise levels. The team developed analysis tools, applied them to innovative configurations, and established practical design processes to meet sonic-boom targets. They conducted extensive wind tunnel testing, established new data-collection techniques, and improved wind tunnel operations. These accomplishments lay the groundwork for flight-test demonstrations of acceptable boom aircraft designs, and the potential introduction into service of overland commercial supersonic aircraft."

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