AVSI celebrates 10 years
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Aerospace Vehicle Systems Institute (AVSI) celebrated its 10th anniversary with a reception in Washington, D.C., June 18 in the Rayburn House Building, which is located across the street from the Capitol. AVSI, which is a research center administered by the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), is a cooperative organization uniting government, industry and academia to research and develop - and ultimately improve - aircraft and aerospace vehicles. "We are delighted to be the organization that provides the framework for this institution," said Dr. K.L. Peddicord, director of TEES, who was one of the speakers at the event. Among AVSI's current projects is its work on Wireless Sensor Networks, a project that aims to remove wires from airplanes. By doing this, planes would be lighter which would help reduce fuel consumption as well as reduce the costs associated with manufacturing new aircraft. Additionally, there would be increased reliability of operational systems and the risk of wire corrosion, loosening or shorting due to vibration would be eliminated, thus making air travel safer. "We can all be proud of this cooperative's accomplishments," said Amir Anissipour of The Boeing Company, who is Chairman of the AVSI Board of Directors. "AVSI has been the ideal venue to address industry-wide issues and to favorably impact the development of future aerospace systems."