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Nov. 16, 2012 Vol. 52, No. 23 John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universeSpaceport News Inside this issue...Astrobotics Page 3 Page 2 Space energy Page 5 The future of LEO Page 7 Rocket U NEOPartnership paves way for modernizationA facility full of plat forms that once shuttles like a glove is tran sitioning to make room for a only going through major renovations to support the manufacturing of The Boe international recognition as an innovative approach for converting excess govern generation commercial The agreement that we we have facilities that we attention from organizations top honors for innovation By Rebecca Regan Spaceport News munities with Populations of was come up with a tem property to the private sector Human In the last edition of Spaceport News, we highlighted the handover of space shuttle Atlantis from NASA to the Kennedy Space Center Vistior Complex. In this edition, learn about the work that NASA and Kennedy Space Center are doing to keep the spirit of human space exploration rolling. Page 5 See C3PF Page 2 Photo courtesy of The Boeing CompanyThis artist conception is what The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft processing is expected to look like in Space Florida's Commercial Crew and Cargo Process CLICK ON PHOTO

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Page 2SPACEPORT NEWSNov. 16, 2012By Steven Siceloff Spaceport NewsRobotic explorers may usher in lunar 'water rush' a clean factory system layout for Boeing is one of three companies a little more than 7 miles away from spacecraft close to the point of a natural choice for Boeing to locate support of commercial crew will en From C3PF Page 1 T See ASTROBOTIC Page 6 Astrobotic Technology is developing a rover that operates on solar energy provided with side-facing panels. The solar panels are set verti cally because the rover will operate at the lunar poles where the sun appears closer to the horizon. NASA image

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Nov. 16, 2012 Page 3SPACEPORT NEWSKennedy's potential bright for energy researchK at the same time the center Partnership Development have a lot of great technolo this means that we now have features that make it along with the technical itself as an aerospacehypergolic chemicals that The center also has an extensive testing apparatus host of engineers who are experts at running tests on Areas commonly con generating power from agreement to continue the is currently working out of future partnerships to fol electricity in remote areas or after storms that knock out roughly three proposals a month for clean energy move its technology from early concept levels to a are seeing we have capa to share their expertise them through evaluation a chance to see the technolo By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News that if they can get compa nies to come in for one test it may entice them to come are pushing the envelope foster an environment that is Kennedy Space Center offers many unique features for trying out ideas for energy production. A solar farm built on Kennedy property has provided clean energy since 2010. CLICK ON PHOTO

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SPACEPORT NEWS Page 4 Nov. 16, 2012Scenes Around Kennedy Space CenterNASA Employees of the Month: November Crawler-transporter 2 picks up a shuttle-era mobile launcher platform at Launch Pad 39A on Nov. 6. Moving up and down the ramp to the pad's surface, the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program at Kennedy Space Center is testing how well the systems work while carrying a load. NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis Employees for the month of November are, from left, Sonia S. Miller, Center Operations; Susan M. Barth, Ground Processing Directorate; Arun Arora, Engineering Directorate; Elisa A. Artusa, Engineering Directorate; and Joy Squires (EOQ), Information Technology and Communications Services. Not pictured are Jeannie Ruiz, Ground Systems Development and Operations; Joyce C. McDowell, Pro Y. Gibson, Launch Services Program.NASA to begin processing. Launch of the TDRS-K aboard an Atlas V rocket is planned for 2013 from Space Launch Complex 41. 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 for spacecraft and expendable launch vehicles including the International Space Station and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.NASA/Tim Jacobs CLICK ON PHOTO The Black Employee Strategy Team (BEST) host a KSC BEST Bake Sale Fund raiser on Nov. 14 to raise money for a scholarship in memory of Evelyn Johnson, a founding member of BEST and former deputy director of the KSC Equal Opportu CLICK ON PHOTO CLICK ON PHOTO

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SPACEPORT NEWSPage 5 Nov. 16, 2012By Rebecca Regan Spaceport News The spirit to live and work in low-Earth orbit and explore well beyond where weve ventured before is alive as NASA forges ahead with three major human space continue to build off the successes of their predeces sors. Space agency leaders talked about NASAs vibrant future in the days leading up to the handover of space shuttle Atlantis from the place it called home for more than 30 years to its new exhibition facility next door at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. We have not been stand ing still for the last year, said Bob Cabana, director of Kennedy Space Center. Weve gotten commercial cargo to the International Space Station and we have focused on what it takes to explore beyond our home planet once again. The move of Atlantis came a little more than one to the space station. Now, orbiters, Endeavour on the West Coast and Discovery in the Northeast, Atlantis is destined to motivate and inspire a new generation here in the South. Were planning for the day up on station and mak ing a lot of good progress, said Bill Hill, assistant deputy associate administra tor of NASAs Exploration Systems Development in Washington, D.C. Some of that progress is coming from the commer cial rocket and spacecraft providers who are working through partnership phases with NASA to pick up where the shuttles left off, with plans to launch American astronauts to the station from U.S. soil in mid-2017. We really have two goals, said Ed Mango, manager of NASAs Commercial Crew Program. One is a public purpose in which were trying to help industry create a capability so that they can go any where in low-Earth orbit with a United States-led capability. The second is a NASA purpose in which astronauts and engineers to and from the space station as often as possible. Through the programs newest phase, called the Commercial Crew Inte grated Capability initiative, three American companies are working to bring their integrated transportation systems one step closer to Competition is helping to keep all of our partners wanting to meet our require ments, wanting to transport NASA crew and wanting to do it for the least amount of cost, Mango said. All of the analysis that weve done indicates that having one contractor would cost about twice the price. NASAs Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft also are on track The heavy-lift rocket and spacecraft will take the agencys astronauts deeper into space than ever before. Hill said SLS is designed to be an evolvable system, going from a 70-metricton to a 130-metric-ton lift capability. there are only a handful of missions that we can conceive that well need the 130-metric-ton and thats primarily going to Mars, which is our ultimate desti nation, Hill said. NASA still is working out the details of when and where Orion and its said, but Mars is a logical destination for the future, especially with the ongo ing success of the Curiosity rover currently exploring the Red Planet. Until a human has set foot somewhere, you really havent been there, Cabana said. You know, thats exploration, thats in our DNA, our drive to explore and to go beyond what we know. To support the myriad of anticipated customers and missions, NASAs Ground Systems Development and Operations Program is busy upgrading and modifying Kennedys existing infra structure, including the Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Pad 39B, the mobile launcher and crawler-transporters. Were preparing Ken nedy facilities to truly be that multiuser spaceport of the future, Cabana said. We have the real estate, the facilities and the technical expertise. What was once making a reality for both commercial crew and cargo and government crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit and beyond. "What was once Bob Cabana, Center Director "For the next two years our three partners, Boeing, SpaceX and Sierra Nevada Corp., are going to be designing and testing their integrated systems. By 2016 or test missions to orbit, checking out these systems and making sure these vehicles are going to work as planned. And by 2017, we'll have at least one company that will be ready to go take crew to the International Space Station." Ed Mango NASA Commercial Crew Program "We believe that the shuttle has proudly. Like the shuttle, our Dream Chaser is a piloted runway lander and in many ways is its natural continuation. Through our ongoing partnership with NASA we hope to see the amazing spirit and energy of the shuttle program now moving over to help our spacecraft become one of the vehicles to bring the U.S. Mark Sirangelo Sierra Nevada Corp. Pete McGrath Boeing "Our basis is on Gemini, Mercury, Apollo, all the way through shuttle, Skylab, space station. We've basically worked on every human with that we draw a lot of heritage and knowledge of what it takes to really certify and build systems for humans." Tim Hughes SpaceX "SpaceX will be working closely with NASA to ensure that what we're doing will satisfy all NASA safety requirements. We recognize the criticality of being 100 percent right, 100 percent of the time as we Josie Burnett NASA ISS Ground Processing and Research "Commercial crew will enable us to bring up a seventh crew member to the International Space Station, and with that extra crew member we'll be able to expand the ability to do more research on the station, which is what its intended purpose is."Humanity's desire to explore keeps rollingMeet the new faces of NASA's low-Earth orbit programs

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Page 6Nov. 16, 2012SPACEPORT NEWSCelebration honors 40th anniversary of Apollo 17 O space program employees in the achievements of the Apollo astro crews in prospecting for lunar soil on three years of lunar exploration new era in the history of this country By Bob Granath Spaceport NewsEugene Cernan speaks to guests gathered for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's dinner on Nov. 3 celebrating the 40th anniversary of Apollo 17. Listening at left is Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot on plus lower the risks inthat have shown you can propellants from the space environment rather than launching them all from the moon shows that the no signs of water ice as face of the moon near after another that frozen water not only exists on the the surface of the moon prospecting to characterize whether water ice on the what skiers experience to exploration than know inventing technology that ing cheaply enough that a private company can pay without lifting itself off the not to mention the matter of keeping the rover warm with what he has seen from an option for prospecting "The excavation chassis sion to the moon in terms tition to prove the vehicle is up to the challenges of to go to the moon with along with other helpful ways to extract the materi plans to return water or other lunar samples to the There are a great many astronauts can count on From ASTROBOTIC Page 3 CLICK ON PHOTO

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Page 7 Nov. 16, 2012SPACEPORT NEWS Cryogenics testbeds training Rocket U studentsHeritage propellant technology and hard ware from NASAs Space Shuttle Program are helping a group of engi neers at Kennedy Space Center develop engine design and system test requirements experience for the Project Neo Liquid Propellant Testbed of the Engineering Directorates Rocket University (Rocket U). At the testbed in the Flight Vehicle Support Building near the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), engineers Kyle Dixon and Evelyn OrozcoSmith recently checked the buildup of the Neo super-cooled propellants, liquid oxygen and liquid methane. Dixon and Orozco-Smith are systems engineers and Neo project leads in the Rocket U. They and about seven other cryogenics, avion ics, electrical and ground processing engineers have been working on the design and assembly of the Neo testbed as part of Rocket Us training program. According to Dixon, Neo is in the design re view process and systems engineering phase. By Linda Herridge Spaceport NewsSociety of Physics Students tours operations labsPhysics Honor Society who descended upon the center for a drive-by tour of the Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Complex 39, Shuttle Landing Facility and the The students were very engaged and many were actually taking notes as we kept asking them questions at how often they got the correct answers just by rea soning it out. Brewer said she had fun watching the college stu dents look at the RESOLVE hardware and understand the magnitude of what this mis sion is working to achieve on the moon. Hopefully, we passed on our excitement about work ing at Kennedy and inspired them to believe that they could be the physicists of tomorrow working on future NASA research and devel opment projects, Brewer said. Justin Provance, a physics student in his senior year at Marquette University in Wisconsin enjoyed the tour. the development in prog ress rather than just reading about it, Provance said. Maria Russert, from Geor gia State University said, Laboratory, lead physicist Dr. Bob Youngquist demonstrated some of the unusual technologies that were developed for the Space Shuttle Program. were an orbiter window inspection technique, an ul trasonic leak detector device and an orbiter tile drying system. These inventions caught the attention of physics graduate student Samuel Sekwao from the University Champagne. Sekwao, who currently is working on his doctorate, said he was enjoy ing everything he had seen so far. There are some interest ing things here, Sekwao said of the technologies. and Surface Physics Labora tory at the EDL, senior research scientist Dr. Carlos Calle and members of his team presented four tech nologies: dust mitigation, regolith derived heat shields, Differential Electrostatic Spectrometer for Mars rov ers, and an LED-based light ing system for long-duration human missions. The students were keenly interested in all of the projects that we described to them, Calle said. We showed them some of the regolith heat shield coupons that we made, and tested and demonstrated the dust mitigation technology.Research chemist Mary Coan describes components of the Regolith and Environ ment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatiles Extraction (RESOLVE) rover to a group of Society of Physics students inside a laboratory in the Operations and Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 8. nside the Granular Me chanics and Regolith Operations Laboratory in the Engineering Devel opment Laboratory (EDL) at Kennedy Space Center, research physicist Dr. Phil Metzger described lunar excavators and soil process ing technologies to a small group of Society of Physics students Nov. 8. Meanwhile, in a labora tory in the Operations and Checkout Building, chemi cal engineer Dr. Mary Coan and aerospace engineer Katherine Brewer explained components of the Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Vola tiles Extraction (RESOLVE) rover to another group of physics students. These students were among the 800 graduate and undergraduate members of the Sigma Pi Sigma By Linda Herridge Spaceport News NASA/Cory HustonWeve been writing the systems engineering requirements and building on our expertise to of thrust. To build the test stand, Orozco-Smith said the team repurposed hardware from the Space Shuttle Program. These included tools, personal protective equipment, control panels from orbiter processing facilities and monitors. modate Neo systems requirements. Nondestructive evaluation of the engine has in work. one for liquid oxygen and the other for liquid methane, have been received. Design of engine attachment components, plumbing, electrical systems and avionics software are under develop ment. Review was completed, and the next step is a Preliminary Design Review. Phase one testing of the engine will be accom previously used for cameras recording the Shuttle landings. After we accomplish the goals of phase one, the next goal, or phase two, is to eventually inte For now, Dixon and Orozco-Smith look forward articles next spring and continuing to expand the teams horizons. Engineers and Rocket University project leads Kyle Dixon and an Injector 71 engine that uses super-cooled propellants at the Neo Liquid Propellant Testbed inside a facility near Kennedy Space Centers Shuttle Landing Facility. NASA/Frankie Martin CLICK ON PHOTO

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Page 8 Nov. 16, 2012SPACEPORT NEWS FROM THE VAULTIn celebration of Kennedy Space Center's 50th anniversary, enjoy this vintage photo . John F. Kennedy Space CenterManaging editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Assistant managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephanie Covey Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kay GrinterEditorial support provided by Abacus Technology Corp. Writers Group.NASA at KSC is on the Internet at www.nasa.gov/kennedy SP-2012-09-210-KSCSpaceport News 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 KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov on Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex. It was the third launch of a Saturn launch vehicle. Myers receives SWE's Emerging Leader Award H Assurance in the Program tional organization whose mission is to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers engineering profession as a positive complishments in her career as an tional process changes for all of the By Brittney Longley Spaceport News NASAHarmony Myers, branch chief of Safety Engineering and Assurance at Kennedy Space Center, received the Emerging Leader Award, from the Society of Women Engineers on Nov. 9 in Houston.CLICK ON PHOTO