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John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News Nov. 11, 2011 Vol. 51, No. 22 NASA helps get OPF-3 a new commercial user By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News Frank DiBello, president of Space Florida, speaks to the audience after announcing the signing of an innovative agreement between NASA and Space Florida in Orbiter Processing Facility-3 (OPF-3) at Kennedy Space Center on Oct. 31. NASA announced a partnership with Space Florida to occupy, use and modify Kennedys OPF-3, the Space Shuttle Main Engine Processing Facility and Processing Control Center. Space Florida has an agreement for use of the OPF-3 with the Boeing Company to manufacture and test the companys Crew Space Transportation (CST-100) spacecraft. The 15-year use permit deal is the latest step Kennedy is making as the center transitions from a historically government-only launch complex to a multi-user spaceport. For more, click on the photo. Inside this issue ... CLICK ON PHOTO T he Boeing Co. will set up Orbiter Processing Facility-3 at Kennedy Space Center to manufacture and assemble its CST100 spacecraft for launches to the International Space Station under a newly signed agreement with NASA and Space Florida. And that deal could provide a glimpse of how Kennedys unique facilities will be used in the future. Its a clear sign that NASA will continue to be an engine for growth, said Lori Garver, the agencys deputy administrator, in an nouncing the deal during a ceremony Oct. 31 at OPF-3. Together were going to win the future right here. This deal, expected to produce of several affecting other Kennedy facilities as the center sorts through what it needs for the future and what can be turned over to others. The earlier this year made a number of facilities available for future use. Kennedy is moving forward, said Bob Cabana, the centers direc tor. Partnerships are going to be key. The White House also praised the agreement in a statement released Oct. 31. My administration will be pressing forward, in partnership with Space Florida and the private sector, to create jobs and make sure America continues to lead the world in exploration and discovery, Presi dent Barack Obama wrote. The agreement was held up as an example of public and private enter prise cooperation. Under the deal, NASA turned over the facility, which had been used to process space shuttles for launch, to Space Florida, an aerospace eco nomic development agency of the state. Space Florida, in turn, agreed to let Boeing use it. It was a deal that took about a year to complete, according to Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who also is the chairwoman of Space Florida. I think we have it just right, that this is a true partnership, Carroll said, that all have an equal part in this and an equal opportunity in this and we can move forward with other companies that want to come in and have a public, private partnership with us. such agreements coming up. come, said Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida. You just wait until you see whats coming here to the Kennedy Space Center in the future in the way of public/private partnerships. In OPF-3, the immediate future involves removing the infrastruc ture of work platforms and ground systems that were used to service space shuttles that returned for orbit and were being prepped for another said Boeings John Mulholland. CST-100 will be moved onto the feet, is large enough to accommo date several CST-100 capsules at once as they go through the assem bly. The CST-100, which stands for Crew Space Transportation, is a reusable, capsule-shaped spacecraft built to ferry seven people into Earth orbit. Working with NASAs Commercial Crew Program, Boeing astronauts to the space station, pos sibly as soon as 2015. Page 6 Dont Feed Wildlife Page 7 HERITAGE Page 3 MSL Ready To Go Moon Water Sensor Page 2
Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Nov. 11, 2011 KEA: Planning can make for a smooth Space Act Agreement By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News S pace Act Agreements are a critical element of business at Ken nedy Space Center, so the offered a primer for making the deals during a Ken nedy Engineering Academy If you do some pre-work, itll go smoother for you, Penny Chambers, Ken nedys agreements manager, told the audience at Ken nedys training auditorium. Thats the big thing, that the requirements are met. Recent agreements at Kennedy have covered things from allowing the Transformers: Dark of the Moon to transferring Or biter Processing Facility-3 to Space Florida so it can be used by The Boeing Co. to manufacture and process its CST-100 spacecraft. New projects including the Commercial Crew Pro gram are using agreements, both funded and unfunded, to work through partner ships with private com panies building their own spacecraft and rockets. Although each Space Act Agreement goes through the approval, much of the draft ing is done by the person who wants the agreement. Thats where the Space Act Agreement Maker, or SAAM, comes in. Yes, theres an app for that. Working with SAAM, the person setting up the agree ment should set up clearly what NASA is going to be obligated to do and what the partner has to produce in the deal. If youve done all your homework, you will have what you need to answer the questions, Chambers said. tries to review each new agreement within 30 days, Chambers said. If there is a question, she said she consults the attorneys in the experience and specializa tion. Anytime it looks like something NASA should be buying (instead of making an agreement for), the bells and whistles go off, said Tracy Lee Belford, an assis tant chief counsel who helps review agreements. A host of reference materials and the SAAM application are available at the chief counsels link on Kennedys internal Web site. Chambers pointed wouldbe agreement makers to the site as the starting point for rounding up what is needed to see an agreement through to completion. Read as much as you can, Chambers said. Established in May 2007, the KEA was established to provide Kennedys engi neering community with an institution for the sharing of technical knowledge across programs; manage learning resources within the Engineering Director ate; and develop a culture of engineering excellence in which to learn continuously, inquire constantly, and share openly within and beyond the engineering community. By Linda Herridge Spaceport News W hen NASAs Lunar Crater Observation and Sens ing Satellite (LCROSS) indicated there was water beneath the surface. Could that water be har vested for life support or to help fuel rockets on interplanetary missions? To investigate the possibilities, a group of Kennedy Space Center engineers are leading the second of three Advanced Exploration Sys tems (AES) projects at the center. This one is entitled, Regolith and Environment Science & Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction (RE SOLVE) for Robotic Lunar Polar Lander Mission. RESOLVE, in its third gen eration, is a miniature drilling and chemistry laboratory about the size of an extra-large suitcase packaged onto a medium-sized rover. It will collect and analyze soil for volatile components such as water or hy drogen that could be used in human exploration efforts. Kennedys RESOLVE Project Manager Dr. Jacqueline Quinn said the three-year projects goal is to contribute to a mission that will land a rover and analyzer near the south pole on the moons shadowed side where ice may exist from meteor impacts millions of years ago. The goal is to search for and below the moons surface, Quinn said. According to RESOLVEs Vola tiles Analysis Lead Janine Captain, and ground control system, electron ics and software package will culmi for July 2012 in Apollo Valley in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Following the proceed towards developing a vac uum-rated version with hopes that it will become a payload onboard either a NASA or commercial lunar lander as early as January 2015. middle of the largest Hawaiian is land is barren and desolate and its terrain best mirrors conditions on the moon, Captain said. Although not easy to travel to, it is an ideal location to demonstrate in situ re source utilization. containing the RESOLVE unit will be deployed and its systems will be autonomously controlled. Team members will monitor the progress from a remote location near Apollo Valley and from Firing Room 1 in Kennedys Launch Control Center. Software Lead Tom Moss said that the biggest challenge for the software team is to communicate with and coordinate the operations of each of the different subsystems from NASA and RESOLVE partner, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). the right balance between complete autonomy while still providing the scientists the capability to tweak the operation as necessary to answer the fundamental science questions, Moss said. This has been the most career with NASA. Contained in RESOLVE are a gas chromatograph and mass spec trometer, which together will sepa system will take the water (from a gas) and make a water droplet by condensing the water on a cold plate. The water droplet will be photo graphed and the image sent back to the Earth for all to see. Captain said RESOLVE also has the ability to make oxygen from the lunar soil using a process call hydro recirculate hydrogen gas that is used to extract the oxygen from the lunar soil during oxygen production. like system while making sure the test, Captain said. The droplet demonstration is an exciting aspect will be able to relate to. According to Avionics Lead Curtis Ihlefeld, the avionics system consists of two computers provided by CSA and uses software devel oped at Kennedy to control the vari ous heaters, valves and motors while RESOLVE gathers pressures, tem peratures and other measurements. CSA also will provide a drill and sample handling subsystem. The drill will use two types of bits to simulate digging, a coring bit and an auger bit. My sincere hope for the Hawai uneventful operation, Ihlefeld said. Inside a laboratory at the Operations and Check out Building, a commercial off-the-shelf unit is being evaluated for use in the RESOLVE project. NASA/Gianni Woods
Page 3 Nov. 11, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS Mars Science Laboratory uses fancy power supply to do its job By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News The Gator Nation is everywhere, including space I f you live in Florida, youve probably heard the University of Floridas slogan The Gator Na tion is Everywhere. Everywhere will now include Kennedy Space Center as The University of Florida (UF) recently partnered with NASA with the signing of a Space Act Agreement. partnership with a Non-Reimburs able Umbrella Space Act Agreement (SAA) and a three year Initial Annex agreement with UFs Department of Astronomy. This collaborative effort is for Kennedy to provide techni cal assistance to the department to assemble, test and integrate small, By Stephanie Covey Spaceport News cost-effective satellites, thus making academic research more viable. The long term vision for the partnership is to establish a Florida institute that will work with Spains National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), to facilitate the integration of small satellites onto spacecraft for future government, commercial customers and educa tional purposes. With the potential of serving a large customer base, future partnerships would be covered under separate reimbursable SAA agree ments. Looking to the future, the satellites potentially have numerous applica tions, to include, quick-response communications in times of disaster and improved environmental scan ning, such as monitoring crop health or an oil spill. With the capability to be launched and coordinated into constellations, the satellites may provide better coverage and faster communications, possibly at lower cost. These compact, rapidly deployable a wider range of uses than previously available. Also, the satellites appli cations have the potential to be used by government agencies, commercial entities, and in science, technol ogy, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives. Janice Lomness, project manager at Kennedy, said part of the academ ic attractiveness for the satellites is that college students, who often are only able to work on a portion of a big project, will now get the full ex perience from conception to launch, before graduation. The small satellite effort provides a good opportunity for The State of Florida, UF, and other Florida universities to get into the business of small satellites, while using Ken nedys expertise of space systems said Janice Lomness. Throughout this partnership, Ken nedy will provide technical expertise and support for UF to launch the spacecrafts and payloads on com mercial and government reusable launch vehicles and expendable launch vehicles. In the future, Kennedy will host workshops to provide short courses for undergraduate students, graduate students and aerospace professionals to study small satellites in-depth. The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity, shown here on Oct. 31, is the largest rover to be sent to the red planet and it needs a more powerful source of energy than solar panels. Thats why NASA approved a radioisotope thermal generator, or RTG, to power the spacecraft as it moves across Mars and conducts experiments with its 10 instruments. For more on the mission, click on the photo. CLICK ON PHOTO A bout the size of a small SUV and weighing as much as some cars, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosityis being asked to conduct the most intensive examina tion of the surface of the red planet ever attempted. It carries cameras, a robotic arm, drill and even a laser to vaporize bits of rock at a distance. Thats too much work for solar panels to power, so NASA is fueling the rover with a plutonium-powered battery of sorts called a multi-mission radioiso tope thermal generator, or MMRTG. Loaded with 10 pounds of the material, the power source is expected to generate electricity for a mission lasting at least two Earth years. It requires a fancy power supply in order to do the job, said Dr. Pam Conrad, deputy principal investigator for MSL. This enables us to make measurements all day, every day, at night, in the winter. Before researchers get a taste of groundbreaking research about Mars, the launch team at NASAs Ken nedy Space Center in Florida is focusing on its responsibility to safely launch the spacecraft and its power source. Even if there were an ac cident and a release of pluto at a 3-tenths of one percent chance of happening, the material would most likely remain on federal property either at Kennedy or Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the missions launch site. However, preparation has been the foremost thought launch team will be beefed Lawrence Livermore Na tional Laboratory in Calif., Atmospheric Release Advi sory Center, or NARAC, a team that models plumes to predict radiation hazards. Ron Baskett, an at mospheric scientist for NARAC, said a network will be in place on launch day to feed critical informa tion to the Livermore lab to generate the models if there is a release of radioactive material. Even the network to collect that data will be strengthened a bit over the usual launch day measures. The National Weather Ser focus some of its instruments on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the day of launch, now targeted for Nov. 25. For its part, NASA and the Air Forces 45th Space Wing have 46 towers to collect wind data and two more de tailed instruments that collect information about conditions more than 20 miles above Earth. We believe we have the right team put together, with the right people and all the control and functions that you might expect for this type of launch, said Steve Brisbin, coordinating agency representative for Kennedy. launch day, culminating in a United Launch Alliance At las V lifting Curiosity off the Earth and on a path to Mars. If you see a plume, it does not mean theres been an accident, said Dr. Frank Merceret, director of research for Kennedys Most launches produce a plume of some sort, he said, and even an accident would not necessarily indicate any radiation has leaked from the spacecraft. NASA has used the power units in the past many times, including the Apollo moon landings and on the Viking landers. Also, the Pioneer, Voyager and Galileo space craft used the power units. More recently, NASA also used the generator for the New Horizons mission to Pluto in 2006. All were launched safely.
Page 4SPACEPORT NEWSNov. 11, 2011SPACEPORT NEWSPage 5 Nov. 11, 2011Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center The environmental management branch of Kennedy offered free school supplies to public and charter school teachers from the surrounding counties at the Miracle City Mall in Titusville from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4. Kennedys contractor community col NASA/Gianni Woods CLICK ON PHOTO Cyclists ride through spaceport to help veterans veterans overcome mental and physical obstacles. ville. The riders route on the Space Coast included entry Station are both proud and humbled to be able to play a group of folks to be around. R2R is produced by the Fitness Challenge Founda veterans. Thousands of cyclists hold R2R events in cities throughout the country to raise money to support Spin NASA CLICK ON PHOTO Pegasus barge bids farewell to spaceport on Nov. 10Pegasus was pulled out of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) Turn Basin and into Port Canaveral by two tugboats on Nov. 10 as it headed for NASAs Sten parts of the space shuttle main engines ground support equip ment. Two tugboats were hooked onto the barge to pull it out of the basin because Pegasus has no engines or steering capabil ity. Driving the Pegasus is a challenge, said John Fischbeck, chief pilot of the Pegasus. We have to contend with wind, visibility and the two tugs that drive our barge along the Banana River between the VAB and Port Canaveral. As Pegasus started down the river, manatees swam alongside, as it passed Launch Pad 39A. Fischbeck coordinated the two tugs carefully because the tail tug was responsible for guiding the barge, although it could not see around Pegasus. (The tugboat) Lou Anna we can go full ahead, he radioed as Pegasus passed pad A. We just went from 3.6 to 3.9 knots boys and girls. Hold onto your hats. Throughout the four-and-ahalf hour trip, Fischbeck remi nisced about the 31 years he has spent at Kennedy. He talked about the shuttle days when he hauled external tanks inside the Pegasus and trips to retrieve the solid rocket boosters. Everything was very calm onboard until Pegasus neared the lock. Then the pace picked up. Pegasus passed through the lock and the four crew members prepared to hook the barge up to Freedom Star. After Pegasus was connected, all but four crew members headed back to shore. Freedom Star and Pegasus began their voyage to Gulf Port, Miss., at noon and the passengers said goodbye to Pegasus perhaps for the last time.By Stephanie Covey Spaceport News
Page 6 Nov. 11, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS By Linda Herridge Spaceport News By Melanie Carlson Spaceport News A young, male bobcat balances gingerly on telephone pole cables next to the south-bound lane of Kennedy Parkway in 1998. O ne of the many great things about work ing at Kennedy Space Center is being able to enjoy the wildlife that sur rounds us. Where else can one see bald eagles circle overhead as rockets soar into the sky? At Kennedy Space Center, technology and nature co-exist. Recently, a bobcat, nicknamed Bob, has taken up residence in front of the Headquarters Building. Bob mostly hunts at night, but has on occasion been spotted during the day. Not as big as panthers, bobcats are about the size of a medium-sized dog and are most easily Although bobcats can live in close proximity to humans, they do not make good pets. Dorn Whitmore, super visory ranger at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) said, Bobcats are one of the top important niche in control ling small mammals such as mice and rabbits. We have a healthy population of bob cats at KSC which may help to explain why this particular bobcat took up residence in such a public area by Head quarters. The bobcat is a carnivore feeding on small mammals, reptiles and birds. In Florida, 68 percent to 72 percent of their diet consists of rabbits and rats. The other 28 percent to 32 percent of their diet does not consist of chips or bologna sandwiches. In 1962, NASA acquired 140,000 acres of land, water and marshes adjacent to Cape Canaveral to establish the John F. Kennedy Space tor, Kurt H. Debus, arranged for a large portion of the center to be designated as a wildlife refuge. MINWR managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was es tablished in 1963 to manage lands and waters not being used directly by the space program. The refuge provides a habitat for more than 500 species of wildlife, 16 of which currently are listed as federally threatened or endangered. The space center also borders the Ca naveral National Seashore, established in 1975, which provides an important nest ing area for sea turtles. It might not be illegal to feed other types of wildlife, but its not a good idea to provide food to any wildlife. Whitmore said, Bobcats, or any wild animal, should never ever be fed. People tend to believe they are helping animals when they throw out their stale bread or left-over lunch, but in reality, human food is generally a poor substitute for the nutritional needs of wildlife and can cause seri ous health problems. Nutrition is not the only concern about feeding wildlife. By providing food, it causes animals to lose their natural fear of people. They become easy targets for those who mean to harm them. When alligators associate people with food, they have to be removed from the area and sometimes destroyed. Sandhill cranes attracted to humans for food handouts are put at greater risk as they walk across roads. Raccoons and other scavengers become nuisance problems by getting into garbage cans or entering facilities looking for food. Feeding wildlife also may impede an animals natural behavior. Parent ani mals dependent on humans for food may not teach their young proper foraging tech niques to feed themselves. Additionally, if food is provided year-round, species such as ducks and geese may alter their normal migration patterns. Whitmore added, Do not put out food for the animal. Doing so can lead to a change in the animals behavior and result in seri ous consequences for the animal. If it should approach you, back away. This is not normal and could mean it is sick. If you see people leav ing food or witness unusual animal behavior contact the refuge. Our advice: enjoy this unique opportunity to view this normally reclusive animal, keep a safe distance and do not leave food where K ennedy Space Center re cently was a co-recipient of the 2011 GreenGov Presidential Award from the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the Lean, Clean, and Green award category for NASA. The award recognized Kennedys efforts in completing the Propel lants North Facility in the Launch Complex 39 area, which also is the and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum facility. Other centers recognized were Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and John son Space Center in Houston. Kennedy Center Operations Di rector Mike Benik said it is always gratifying to be recognized for an outstanding achievement. This award demonstrates the exceptional nature of what we have been able to accomplish at Kennedy in the Propellants North Facility, Benik said. Frank Kline, LEED project manager in Center Operations, represented the center at the awards ceremony, Nov. 1, in Washington, D.C. Kline was the project manager for the Propellants North Facility construction, tending to all of the details and requirements needed for the facility to qualify for LEED Platinum designation. I am truly blessed to be given the opportunity to be part of the team this award recognizes, Kline said. From the inception of this project, the team just followed NASAs rich heritage of continuing to push the envelope. GreenGov Presidential Awards honor exceptional Federal person nel, teams, projects and facilities, and programs that exemplify the presidents charge to lead by ex ample in sustainability. The Lean, Clean, and Green Award recognizes outstanding organizational achievement in renewable energy development and deployment. The Propellants North Facility was designed with a focus on ener Kennedys alternative fuel vehicle program, low-cost maintenance and material reuse and recycling. The building was designed to be more the established standards for com mercial facilities. Denise Thaller, the Environ mental Management Branch chief, said that Center Operations and the NASA Construction of Facilities Division deserve a lot of kudos for supporting the design and construc tion of the facility. facility that honors NASAs Space Shuttle Program through the reuse of historic aspects of the Launch Control Center and integrates Ken ing system to reduce the use of water are just two of the innovative aspects of the facilitys design, Thaller said. It is a huge honor for me to represent a great team and accept this award for Kennedy Space Center and NASA, Kline said. In the words of our Center Director Bob Cabana, this is just the beginning.
Remembering Our Heritage Page 7 Nov. 11, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian View of two U.S. spacecraft on the surface of the moon, taken during the second Apollo 12 extravehicular activity. The Apollo 12 Lunar Module Intrepid is in the background. The uncrewed Surveyor 3 spacecraft is in the foreground. On Nov. 8, Dr. Philip Metzger examines a piece of the Surveyor 3 spacecraft re turned from the lunar surface on the Apollo 12 mission in 1969. Metzger is founder of the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Lab in the Space Life Sciences Laboratory at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Metzger and his team are studying the effects rocket blasts have on the surface of the moon and Mars. T here was much cause for celebration in Kennedy Space Centers Granular Mechan ics and Regolith Operations Lab on Nov. 11, the 45th anniversary of the launch of Gemini 12. Dr. Phil Metzger, the labs founder and champion, NASAs Science Mission Directorate has awarded the lab a $400,000 grant in its Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research (LASER) program. Project Gemini, in its time, was the advanced exploration research program. Gemini mission objectives were formulated with one primary goal: to prove the hardware that lunar landing possible. Throughout the project, orbital rendezvous was accomplished 10 times and docking, nine. Gemini 12 was the 10th and last crewed Gemini docking with their Agena target vehicle, astronauts James Lovell and Buzz orbits. Proving the hardware was important, but only part of the preparations for a lunar mission. Studies under way by the staff of the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations (GMRO) Lab take research into the lunar landscape even further. Regolith refers to all the unconsolidated material on the surface of a planet or moon. The lab is focused on how rocket exhaust of landing vehicles affects lunar science missions, including the creation of a temporary lunar atmosphere, the sandblasting of instruments with soil and dust ejecta, and the disturbance or contamination of soil beneath the lander. Metzger received his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Central Florida in 2005 with a specialty in granular condensed matter theory. The reason I focused on granular physics is because I wanted to develop technologies for the surface of the Moon and Mars, Metzger explained. When you explore a planet or moon, you have to land on granular materials, drive on them, dig in them, extract resources from them and build with them. working on a team to extract oxygen from lunar soil, Metzger said. My part of the work was to develop predictive models of the soils mechanics. How would it behave when excavated and poured into a reactor? Eventually, I had enough funding to start the GMRO Lab. The lab grew quickly and now comprises three physicists, six mechanical or aerospace engineers and several technicians. Their current projects include developing lunar excavators; inventing methods to transport soil in and out of chemical reactor units in low well; designing self-cleaning, dust-tolerant mechanisms; and explaining the physics of rocket exhaust blowing soil and how to create landing pads on the moon or Mars. Much of my time is spent coordinating the other researchers efforts, acting as the lead of the lab to make it safe and bring in enough funding to cover everybody, and strategizing for the future, Metger said. However, I try to spend at least half my time on my own area of research: rocketblast effects. The rocket blast effects problem is very challenging, Metzger explained. When a rocket lands on another planet, the the soil and create a deep crater or it might fail to dig a crater and instead simply scour the surface. On the moon, the scoured material is blown laterally at high velocities, even exceeding lunar escape velocity. This becomes a sandblaster on steroids which would cause severe damage to any hardware in the vicinity of the landing site. Therefore, we must learn to control the spray if we are to build a lunar outpost. Much of the effects of a rocket blast must be simulated at locations such as NASA Ames Research Centers Planetary Aeolian Facility, a ten-story vacuum chamber intended to simulate Martian conditions; in a desert location north of Flagstaff, Ariz.; or at Complex 20 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. However, the lab also has been given the unique opportunity to study the real thing -pieces of the Surveyor 3 lunar lander brought back on the Apollo 12 mission. touched down in the moons Ocean of Storms, pelting the Surveyor lander that preceded it to the region in regolith. We are planning to interview Alan Bean about the collection of the Surveyor 3 samples, Metzger said, in hopes of putting what we are observing about them in the lab into context. The technologies developed in the GMRO Lab may be needed in the near future. NASA announced Nov. 8 that an uncrewed spacecraft in early 2014 will be added to its contract with Lockheed Martin Space Systems. Exploration Flight Test1, or EFT-1, will support the new Space Launch System, or SLS, the agencys new heavy-lift launch vehicle. NASA is developing the Orion spacecraft to launch astronauts to asteroids, the moon, Mars and other destinations atop SLS.
Page 8 Nov. 11, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS John F. Kennedy Space Center Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melanie Carlson Editorial support provided by Abacus Technology Corp. Writers Group. NASA at KSC is on the Internet at www.nasa.gov/kennedy USGPO: 733-049/600142 Spaceport News Looking up and ahead . All times are Eastern 2011 Nov. 25 Launch/CCAFS (SLC-41): Atlas V, Mars Science Laboratory; Launch: 10:25 a.m. EST 2012 Under Review Launch/CCAFS (SLC-40): SpaceX Falcon 9, Dragon C2/C3; Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Jan. 19 Launch/CCAFS (SLC-37B): Delta IV, WGS 4; Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Jan. 23 Launch/Wallops Flight Facility (Pad 0A): Orbital Sciences Corporation, Taurus II, Launch window: TBD February Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, MUOS; Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Feb. 3 Launch/Kwajalein Atoll: Pegasus XL, NuSTAR; Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Feb. 23 Launch/Wallops Flight Facility (Pad 0A) Orbital Sciences Corporation, Cygnus/Taurus II, Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than April 27 Launch/CCAFS (SLC-41): Atlas V, AEHF 2; Launch window: TBD June Launch/CCAFS SLC-37B): Delta IV-Heavy, NROL-15; Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than June 12 Launch/CCAFS (LC-41): Atlas V, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K); Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Aug. 23 Launch/CCAFS (LC-41): Atlas V-401, RBSP; Launch window: TBD WORD STREET ON THE With all the recent announcements at Kennedy Space Center, such as the Space Launch System, mobile launcher, use of Orbiter Processing Faciltity-3, where do you foresee Kennedy in the future? Kari Heminger, with NASA Ernest Tonhauser, with URS Corp. Greg Lee, with Abacus Technology Corp. Diane Bent, with NASA Deborah Andrade-Trask, with Innovative Health Applications Employees for the month of November are, from left, Matthew J. Verdier, Information Technology and Communications Services; Patricia S. Lynn, Center Operations; Thomas Howard Smith, ISS Ground James S. Bolton, Ground Processing Directorate. Not pictured are John L. Rigney, 21st Century Ground NASA Employees of the Month: November