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Jan. 25, 2013Vol. 53, No. 2 John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universeSpaceport News Announcing Kennedys new The Kennedy Communicator Pages 4-5 New year welcomes change, challenges By Linda Herridge Spaceport News K ennedy Space Center continues to serve as NASA's lead center for several forming into a joint commercial and said Kennedy Center Director Bob system in one of Kennedy's former access arm and escape system at Cape Canaveral Air Force Sta aerospace industry as it designs and -To 2013 Page 3 CPC landmark Inside issue... Page 7 Page 8 Page 11 CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Jim Grossmann The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-K, is being encapsulated in the nose faring Jan. 11 inside the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla. near Kennedy Space Center. Launch of the TDRS-K on the Atlas V rocket is planned for Jan. 30. Fairing cradles TDRS By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News N Station and NASA's Hubble Space system or TDRS for an individual To TDRS-K Page 2


Page 2 -From TDRS-K Page 1 based at Kennedy Space ground stations positioned underperformance of an upper stage engine dur underperformed during a satellite is in orbital storage "Our engineers and tember 1988 aboard space "Ours is more science antennas and a pair of large and data and voice versus solar arrays as it climbs to its clearance for TDRS-K from TDRS in about 10 years so as it settles into its opera able to transmit several times TDRS-compatible communi cations gear and transmit te saves NASA money by not string of remote stations to sidered prime real estate for required to serve NASA's and transmit signals from a offers plenty of room for a retired spacecraft to drift NASA/Frankie Martin NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) stands positioned Jan. 16 between two pieces that make up the payload fairing that will protect the spacecraft during launch and ascent into space. Technicians working inside the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., near Kennedy Space Center performed the encapsulation. Launch of the TDRS-K on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is planned for Jan. 30.


Page 3 From 2013 Page 1 and Operations Support Contract ment and implementation of ground Processing Services and Space Pro operations management and logis spacecraft/payload processing assets in support of program customers and provide on-time delivery of Building to support a variety of command and control system for a concept development study for an emergency egress system for evolving communication require at Vandenberg Air Force Base in continue a 40-year record of mea continue to support advance plan and provide integration services for an advisory role for Commercial System (NORS) and processing to develop a variety of science on future commercial resupply mis being processed and prepared for posite over-pressurized vessel used cal communication by transferring Optical Communications Telescope NASA/Jim Grossmann As part of Ground Systems Development and Operations Program work at Kennedy Space Center, space shuttle-era work platforms are removed from high bay 3 in the Vehicle Assembly Building on Oct. 24. All platforms were removed two days later. NASA/Charisse Nahser Workers inside the Space Station Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center position the orbital replacement unit for the space station's main bus switching unit as they prepare to pack the unit in a shipping container Dec. 4. The unit, which was processed at Kennedy, will be shipped to Japan for the HTV-4 launch, which currently is scheduled later this month.


ARE YOU A KENNEDY COMMUNICATOR? Videos and Photos See the latest Kennedy-focused photos and videos. Breaking News Emergency Response Employee Resources People Feedback Upcoming Events Weather Social Media From Our Leaders KSC Daily News Read about individual employees, as well as featured groups from across the center. Stay up-to-date with current and upcoming events from across the center. Track local weather and Kennedy Weather Warnings aired across the PA system. In an effort to provide employees with up-to-date center news, program highlights, publications and resources, weve revamped your internal home page. The Kennedy Communicator, a collaborative effort by multiple directorates, is a one-stop-shop center communications tool. Remember, The Kennedy Communicator was designed with you in mind. Send questions to Public Affairs by clicking Feedback. Visit The Kennedy Communicator at *The Kennedy Communicator is only available to Kennedy employees with internal access. Announcing Kennedys new internal home page The Kennedy CommunicatorAvailable online today! Connect socially with Kennedys Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts. View news updated every morning in addition to being emailed. Send an e-mail to Public Affairs if you have any questions. Gain insight into whats going on behind the scenes from our leaders. Find helpful links to familiar tools, systems, services and initiatives. Learn more about each of Kennedys programs by selecting the respective icon. Dial 867-7911 or click the appropriate link at the top of your home page.


Photo courtesy of Vandenberg Air Force Base CLICK ON PHOTO Jan.12. LDCM is the future of Landsat satellites. It will continue to obtain valuable data and on a global basis. The data from the Landsat spacecraft constitute the longest record of the age and value. Launch is planned for Feb. 11. Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Tim Jacobs A new 12-inch water main is being installed as part of a water/wastewater revitalizing plan at Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 11. The main will provide water to the area an on-site facility. NASA/Ben Smegelsky CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Tim Jacobs Sciences Corp. CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Jim Grossmann


Page 8 Test and Op erations Sup to Florida's Space Coast as Kennedy Space Center to give employees at Ken nedy an opportunity to learn team are subcontractors astronaut and veteran ment and implementation of Systems Development transitions to a 21st-century people on America's future director of Human Re By Bob Granath Spaceport News Jacobs Technology General Manager Andy Allen speaks at a town hall meeting, providing attendees an opportunity to learn about the Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC) hiring process and to introduce the organization's management team Jan. 17. NASA recently awarded its TOSC contract to Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn. Jacobs will provide overall management and Kennedy. These tasks will support the International Space Station, Ground Systems Development and Operations, Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Launch Services programs. For more information, click on the photo. NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis CLICK ON PHOTO More online For more information about Jacobs Technology's Operations Support Contract (TOSC), go to http://www.jacobs technolog townhall.html.


Page 9 N year college to a four-year univer supporting projects related to future gage underrepresented populations assist minority institution faculty riculum content related to NASA's focuses on recruitment and retention of underrepresented and underserved undergraduate or graduate degrees in and academic degrees and commu "Building on NASA's previous laser scanning and rapid prototyp a concentration in digital manufac component for retention of Navajo and mentor minority undergraduate Participation is open to any under By Bob Granath Spaceport News More online For more information about NASA's Minority University Research and Education Programs Small Projects, go to Navajo Technical College engineering students Candice Craig, left, and Oga John use a laser scanner for measurements at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in 2011. Both women are interested in digital manufacturing and plan to complete degrees in engineering. NASA


Page 10 O spacecraft are safe to carry essential stage in sending lunar module successfully CCP to develop products safety and performance based at Kennedy Space ally been creating a capabil Space Station and continue needed tests and analyses of involve a full and open com able and cost-effective access for potential government and objectives included verifying ascent and descent engines ignited successfully simu being started simultaneously By Bob Granath Spaceport News Running concurrently SpaceX is planning for a could be used by NASA in commercial systems are safe Apollo 5 mission did capabilities to transport tor of NASA's Commercial Space Station cargo Click on the graphic to check out an updated interactive map of the United States to see where all 73 aerospace companies are operating and how the endeavors of NASA's Commercial Crew Program are affecting our community. The map shows which companies are operating in each state, along with overall aerospace jobs and the economic impact to our community. CLICK ON PHOTO NASA Jan. 22, 1968, demonstrated ascent and descent propulsion systems and the mission, click on the photo. CLICK ON PHOTO More online For more information about the Commercial Crew Program, go to commercialcrew


Page 11 By Bob Granath Spaceport News T NASA The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) named France Crdova as the groups chairwoman Dec. 13. Crdova attended Stanford Uni gamma ray sources and space-borne rized NASA to competitively select a operative agreement notice to solicit ment aboard Americas only in-orbit Karen Lucht 20 FA Clinton Bartley 40 IT Becky Murray 20 FA Donald McMahon 40 SA David Stewart 20 NE Ronald Gillett Tyrell Hawkins Kathy Bryant Michael Conroy Philip Gvozd Matthew Smisor 40 30 30 30 30 30 SA FA GG IT IT IT Tyrone Frey Candrea Thomas Terrence O'Shea Diane Bent 20 20 20 20 OP PA SA TA Alton Mangham 30 NE Jeppie Compton 10 EX Tommy Mack Jr. 30 NE Michun North 10 GG Melanie Chan 30 TA Nicholas Reinert 10 GG Kelly Gorman Richard Boyles 30 30 TA TA Ann Robertson Fayann Hull 10 10 GG GP Charles Dovale Langevin Roger 30 30 VA TA Michael Stirling Carter Euziere Jennifer Nufer Charles Broughton Jeffery Bobersky Randall Scott Paul Schallhorn 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 NE OP PH SA SA TA VA


By developing the right combina tion of phosphate and glass, NASA quickly provided a solution for ad equate transparency in the small, to build the new larger and curved format displays. NASA pioneered the concept of digitally based, directbroadcast satellites that provide direct services. NASA also is responsible for the technology that improves mobile reception of television via satellite on moving vehicles, such as buses and trains. Page 12 Looking up and ahead . NASA Spinoffs: Super Bowl Edition A space boots now is used in an advanced athletic shoe. Not only does this fatigue-reducing shoe actually absorb energy, but it also redistributes that energy back into the athlete with every step, measurably increasing overall athletic NASA invented wireless headsets for the missions to the moon. Of course, now the equipment is lighter and the signals are clearer. This same technology also has made its way into radio dispatch centers company facilities and video games. NASA invented video stabilization software so it could analyze space shuttle launches. That technology is used in overhead cam eras that ride on wires to provide bird's-eye views of each play. Some stadiums, such as Cowboys Stadium, have roofs built with the same fabric used in moon suits worn by Apollo astronauts. The material can expand with heat, contract with cold, wont catch through. All times are Eastern Jan. 30 Mission: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K) Launch Vehicle: Atlas V Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41 Launch Window: 8:48 to 9:28 p.m. Description: The TDRS-K spacecraft is part of the next-generation series in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, a constellation of space-based communication satellites providing tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services. Feb. 11 Mission: The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Launch Vehicle: Atlas V-401 Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Launch Window: 1:02 to 1:50 p.m. Description: The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is the future of Landsat satellites. It will continue to obtain valuable data and imagery to be used in agriculture, education, business, science and government. Feb. 12 Launch Vehicle: ISS Progress 50 Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Description: Progress 50 will carry supplies, hardware, fuel and water to the International Space Station (ISS). March 1 Mission: SpaceX CRS-2 Commercial Resupply Services ight Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 40 Description: SpaceX CRS-2 will be the second commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station by SpaceX. March 28 Assembly Flight: 34S Mission: Expedition 35/36 Launch Vehicle: Soyuz TMA-08M Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Description: Soyuz TMA-08M will carry three Expedition 35/36 crew members to the International Space Station. To watch a NASA launch online, go to John F. Kennedy Space Center online on alternate Fridays by Public Affairs in the interest of KSC civil service and contractor employees. Contributions are welcome and should be submitted three weeks before publication to Public Affairs, IMCS-440. Email submissions can be sent to Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Assistant managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephanie Covey Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kay Grinter Editorial support provided by Abacus Technology Corp. Writers Group. NASA at KSC is on the Internet at SP-2013-01-002-KSC