Astronaut Training Program Lifts Off at NAS Pensacola.
The "Cradle of Naval Aviation Naval aviation is the application of manned military air power by navies. Maritime aviation is the operation of aircraft in a maritime role under the command of land based forces such as RAF Coastal Command or United States Coast Guard. " took another step toward the future by becoming a key player in astronaut primary training. A program developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), civilian agency of the U.S. federal government with the mission of conducting research and developing operational programs in the areas of space exploration, artificial satellites (see satellite, artificial), (NASA NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Independent U.S. ) utilizes NAS (1) See network access server.
(2) (Network Attached Storage) A specialized file server that connects to the network. A NAS device contains a slimmed-down operating system and a file system and processes only I/O requests by supporting the popular Pensacola, Fla.'s Training Squadron (VT) 4 and its T-34C Turbo-Mentor trainers for primary astronaut orientation flight training. Astronaut Cdr. Mark Kelly, program coordinator, said, "The instructors here at VT-4 are well trained at working with flight students with no experience." In the past, Air Force T-38 Talon supersonic trainers were used for the primary orientation flight training stage, but the high-performance trainer proved to be too extreme for new civilian mission specialists with limited flight experience. The five-week program includes classroom studies of basic navigation and aeronautics, water survival and 12 orientation flights in the T-34C Turbo-Mentor. When completed, the astronauts will spend another five weeks at Lyndon B.