Spaceport news


Material Information

Spaceport news
Physical Description:
Kennedy Space Center
External Relations, NASA at KSC
Place of Publication:
Kennedy Space Center, FL
Publication Date:


serial   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Brevard -- Cape Canaveral -- John F. Kennedy Space Center
28.524058 x -80.650849 ( Place of Publication )

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
System ID:

This item is only available as the following downloads:

Full Text


Dec. 9, 2011 Vol. 51, No. 24 John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News Inside this issue... By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News 21st Century Program passes major milestone T he program tasked with set ting up NASAs Kennedy Space Center to host an array of launchers and spacecraft passed a milestone last week with the completion of the 21st Century Ground Systems Programs Mission Concept Review. It gets all of our stakeholders on board, said Scott Colloredo, chief architect for the 21st Century Ground Systems Program. We feel good about it. The program is one of two new NASA programs that basically opened their doors at Kennedy in the past year or so. The other is the Commercial Crew Program. They join the Launch Services Program, which moved to Kennedy in 1998. The 21st Century Ground Systems Program is a big step for NASA and Kennedy in that it is set up to accommodate a number of rockets with new techniques and parcel out the centers extensive ar ray of facilities to several users. Launch Pad 39B is envisioned as a site that could see the liftoff of NASAs new Space Launch System super rocket one week, and commercial company rockets and spacecraft the week after that. Previously, launch infrastructure management was a project that was tied strongly to an individual launcher and spacecraft, such as the space shuttle. Weve kind of graduated from a project to a program, Colloredo said. Its exciting in a lot of ways. Its tough. The organization already has made numerous decisions about what roles landmark facilities at Kennedy will play in future launches, although there are many more choices to make. For example, the Space Launch System under de velopment will need only one high bay in the Vehicle Assembly Build ing, or VAB, along with one mobile launcher. So, the new program is working with other rocket compa nies that want to use other bays in the VAB for their own processing work. There are a lot of big decisions that are going to impact for a gen eration. sidering what changes to make to Kennedy facilities, they place a pre mium on keeping options open so as many launchers as possible can use a given facility. When Launch Pad 39B was refurbished, for example, Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana (white shirt in front of group) and other support person nel accompany the mobile launcher, or ML, as it rolls from Launch Pad 39B to the park site near the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center. Data on the ML collected from structural and functional engineering tests during its two-week stay on the pad will be used in the next phases of construction. For more information, click on the photo. NASA/Cory Huston See MILESTONE Page 2 Space Week Page 3 Page 6 Special Stockings Pages 4-5 Scenes Around Kennedy CLICK ON PHOTO Page 7 PHSF Anniversary


Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Dec. 9, 2011 NASA honors volunteers for helping to shape future the result was a clean pad with no clean room, both of which were needed to support the space shuttles. Instead, designers made room for the things every launcher will need, such as a water sound suppression system, electronics and data links, away from the rocket. evolving, as multi-use as possible, Colloredo said. The clean pad ap proach was a big part of that. The redone Launch Pad 39B got a glimpse of the future recently when workers moved the 355-foot-tall mobile launcher (ML) into place for tests. After two weeks at the pad, the ML was driven back to its park site beside the VAB atop one of the two crawler-transporters. The structural testing and systems checks on the ML went well, Col loredo said. something like that in a long time, he said. The clean pad functioned like we thought it would. The mobile launcher took two years to build and will go through Launch System, or SLS. The SLS is NASAs booster that is being developed to launch astronauts to an asteroid, Mars and other deep-space destinations aboard the agencys new Orion spacecraft. The SLS is a modular rocket al lowing components of the system to be mixed and matched to suit the payload and mission. Therefore, engineers are making the mobile ferent versions of the SLS. The SLS and ML are expected to before launch, a far cry from the weeks a shuttle would spend there getting ready for liftoff, but there will be a certain tie between the ML and the shuttle pads, Colloredo said. The orbiter access arm used at Launch Pad 39A is going to be used as the crew access arm on the ML, meaning that astronauts getting into the Orion spacecraft will stride down the same metal walkway shuttle astronauts used. With the mission concept review completed and the testing on the ML successful, Colloredo said the 21st Century Ground Systems Program is starting to show results from the months of work, studies and deci sions that have been under way. Theres a lot of work going on that a lot of people dont realize, he said. We feel good about it. From MILESTONE Page 1 By Stephanie Covey Spaceport News S haring plans for future space exploration is as important as ever as NASA transitions from the Space Shuttle Program to the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, Orion and the Commercial Crew Program and Kennedy Space Center has just the people to do it. Kennedy relies on a core of more than 700 volunteers consisting of current and retired employees who share a strong passion for NASA and the space program. On Dec. 1, these volunteers were recognized at the Apollo/Saturn V Center for dedicating their time to spread information about the centers mission through educational programs and VIP guest and media tours, as well as launch support throughout the year. Center Director Bob Cabana thanked the volunteers during the presentation and said their com munication with the public helps NASA better educate about the past and future of the center. Bob Sieck, former launch director for more than 50 shuttle launches and a current volunteer, said when he retired it was very hard for him to leave something that was such a big part of his life for so long. He said Kennedy was like a home to him. The legacy of the past is a big part of the future at KSC, Sieck said. Debbie Billias, who has worked at Kennedy for 41 years, has volun teered for 15 of those years. She is very passionate about the shuttle program. In fact, she joined the Kennedy team in time to see the STS-1 mission launch and saw all 135 shuttle launches. I enjoy seeing the looks on childrens faces when they see the shuttle launch, Billias said. I love the rumbling in my chest. It is a part of history, and I am glad that I got to be a part of it. Although Billias is planning to retire at the end of the year, she is not planning to stop volunteering. In fact, shes already signed up to continue. Valencia Mitchell has worked at Kennedy for 33 years and currently is the construction administrator. She said she loves being here at Kennedy because she feels part of each mission. Mitchell is on the tiger team, a group of volunteers that lead tours across the center. She said she loves to volunteer at Kennedy because she is able to see and experience a launch up close. It is an experience so few people ever have. The event really shows our appreciation to the volunteers for public outreach and conveying the NASA story to the outside world, said Tiffany Fairley, program/project coordinator for ReDe/Critique. Fairley said volunteers are es sential to raise awareness of what NASA has done, is doing and will do in the future. More information For more information about volunteering at Kennedy Space Center, contact Wendy Dankovchik at 867-3005 ( ) or Tiffany Fairley at 867-7986 ( ) Members of the media tour several facilities Nov. 21, including the Operations & Checkout Building high bay where NASAs Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Orion will be processed, during the 21st Century Ground Systems Program Tour at Kennedy Space Center. Other tour stops were the Launch Equipment Test Facility, the Multi-Payload Processing Facility and the Canister Rotation Facility. NASAs 21st Century Ground Systems Program was initiated at Kennedy Space Center to establish the needed launch and processing infrastructure to support the Space Launch System Program and to work toward transforming the landscape of the launch site for a multi-faceted user community. For more on Orion, click on the photo. NASA/Jim Grossmann CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 3 Dec. 9, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS Students explore life in space during Brevard Space Week Hundreds of sixth-graders from Brevard County schools participated in Brevard Space Week from Nov. 29 through Dec. 9 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. NASA/Jim Grossmann By Linda Herridge Spaceport News W hats it like to live and work in space? Almost 6,000 Brevard County sixth-graders had a rare opportu nity to experience this and much more during the ninth Brevard Space Week at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from Nov. 29 through Dec. 9. Educator Resource Center (ERC) Education Specialists Linda Scauz illo and Laura Colville presented two programs daily in the IMAX II Theater to groups of students and teachers from about 30 elementary schools in the county. The pro gram topics included Space Shuttle Program history; how vehicles are launched; NASAs continued pres ence on the International Space Sta tion; and robotics and the use of the robotic arm on the space station. In its ninth year, Brevard Space Week is designed to encourage young students interest in science, technology, engineering and math ematics (STEM) curricula. Science is my passion. Its fun to experiment and show the students hands-on science activities, said Colville, who was a science teacher at Eau Gallie High School before coming to Kennedy in 2001. During one of the programs Dec. 2, Colville demonstrated the proper ties of liquid nitrogen and how it re balloon and a leaf. She then invited several students to participate in hands-on demonstrations, including using tools and sleeping in space. Colville said the most common question she is asked is how astro nauts go to the bathroom in space. But many students also ask other creative questions about how astro nauts eat in space and how liquid nitrogen is stored. Scauzillo, who was a K-6 educa tor in Brevard County for 10 years, years and involved with Brevard Space Week since 2007. The most interesting question Ive been asked is, What do we still have to learn to be able to live on the surface of Mars? Scauzillo said. I found it interesting because the sixth-grade student was thinking about all of the information that we need to gather before implementing a mission to Mars. Scauzillo said the question shows even children as young as those in elementary school are thinking about the future and the possibilities for space exploration. Brevard Space Week is impor tant because it inspires students to study STEM disciplines and helps them realize the opportunities that are available to them, Scauzillo said. Before the start of space week, a special workshop was held Nov. 16 for about 90 sixth-grade teachers at the Brevard County School Board The topic on how to design a lunar thermos was one that had been requested by the educators. The students day excursion also included a tour of the visitor complex, a meet and greet with an astronaut and viewing of the Hubble Some major sponsors of this years Brevard Space Week include the Brevard Schools Foundation, National Space Club, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Space Alli ance, and Delaware North Compa nies Parks and Resorts. More online NASA links for educators: NASA links for students: About NASA Education: Brevard Schools Space Week:


Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Dec. 9, 2011 Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center Development of Exploration Park is underway near the Space Life Sciences Laboratory (SLSL) at Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 28. Building Councils Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED). Exploration Park is designed to be a strategically located Dec. 2. The Crew Module Recovery Attach Fitting Test on the capsule, which began at-sea operations Nov. 29, is under way. Multiple Navy diver. The 21st Century Ground Systems Program will use data collected from the tests to help develop ground operations support is NASAs next-generation spacecraft being developed for deep space missions to asteroids, moons and other interplanetary destinations throughout the solar system. For more information on Orion, click on the photo. NASA/Cory Huston CLICK ON PHOTO CLICK ON PHOTO CLICK ON PHOTO SPACEPORT NEWS Page 5 Dec. 9, 2011 Space shuttle Discovery sports three replica shuttle main engines (RSMEs) in Orbiter Processing Facility-1 at Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 12. The RSMEs were installed on Discovery during Space Shuttle Program transition and retirement activities. The replicas are built in the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engine shop at Kennedy to replace the shuttle engines which will be placed in Chantilly, Va. For more on the space shuttle transition and retirement, click on the photo. 2011 Kennedy Awards CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION Theodore O. Adams Lisa D. Alonso John O. Baker Laura A. Baker Marcus G. Baldini Dennis Belford Richard Bettin Eric E. Bissonnette Jenna F. Bliss Michele J. Burch Laurie C. Carter Anthony M. Caruvana Thomas J. Casale Kathleen Cobb Kenneth W. Culberson Marilyn A. Davidson David Diaz Nicholas F. DiBiase Jane M. Dumont Philip G. Falk Carol-Sue Feagan Clark D. Ford Christopher Galli James H. Garrett Dimitrios Gerondidakis Juan P. Gordon Curtis E. Groves Vickie C. Hall Mark E. Hametz Michael P. Harrelson Gary D. Hendricks Penelope Herbst Heather M. Hitchcock Michael D. Hogue Richard G. Ikerd Brian J. Kilcommons Jacquelyn S. Leclaire Leila Lee Pow Timothy R. Lewis Fred A. Lockhart Randal J. Long Thomas G. Luman Peter J. Lyon Bradford P. Lytle James G. Mantovani Edwin Martinez Megan A. Marynec Michael L. Moore Anthony C. Muscatello Duyen T. Nguyen Johnny T. Nguyen Mark A. Poff Chelsea M. Poling Janira Ramos Glenn R. Rhodeside Nicole M. Rivera David F. Run Christine R. Shepperd Edward A. Sikora Heriberto Soto Cynthia V. Steisslinger Lisa A. Stephany John M. Sterritt Brenda L. Teachworth Mena A. Waters Stephanie I. Watkins Mark J. Woloshin ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS Environmental Individual Awards Edmund J. Byczek Environmental Team Awards IACP Chilled Water Flow Improvement Team: URS Federal Technical Services Inc. Kennedy Data Center Team: Abacus Technology Corp. Light Pollution and Energy Use Reduction Team: Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts SMALL BUSINESS OFFICE AWARDS Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Abacus Technology Corp. Small Business Subcontractor of the Year All Points Logistics Inc. SECRETARIAL EXCELLENCE AWARD Carol Moore BEST OF KSC SOFTWARE AWARD Ground Operations Planning Database YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARD Olga L. Del Rio Armando Maiz Dawn L. Oliver James D. Quinn Teresa L. Strobush KSC ENGINEER/ SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD Civil Servant Category Philip T. Metzger Contractor Category Carlos T. Mata KSC EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD Michelle C. Green This award is intended to recognize contributions made by NASA employees, citizens, contractors or public organizations to Kennedy endeavors. NASA/Jim Grossmann


Page 6 Dec. 9, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS stockings donated by Kennedy Space Center workers for the Salvation Army. By Linda Herridge Spaceport News M any of Santas helpers, in the form of NASA Kennedy Space Center workers, were busy Dec. 9 gathering up stockings and Brevard County boys and girls. A caravan of cars and the precious cargo began its trek from Kennedys headquarters building to the Salvation Army North Cen tral Brevard Corps distribu tion facility in Rockledge. The stockings will be added to other items collected through the organizations Angel Tree program and donations from the com munity, and then will be distributed to needy families beginning Dec. 20. What began as a small en deavor in 1998 by the Space Coast Chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW) has grown in 13 years to become one of the largest collection efforts in the area to support the Salvation Armys mission. Sandra Getter, a manage ment support assistant in the Engineering Directorate and FEW vice president, coordi nated this years effort. stockings were collected. Last year, we had nearly 1,000 stockings, Getter said. This year we col lected about half of that due to the reduction in the work force. Getter has spearheaded the effort at Kennedy for six years. This year, there were about 18 NASA and contractor workers distrib uting and collecting the the stockings with new per sonal hygiene items, books, small toys, games, coloring books, crayons and more and labeled them by age for a boy or girl. I think how important it is to be able to give to those who do not have, Getter year, for our friends who are now out of work and cannot afford what they would wish for their children. Salvation Army Corps said she anticipates giving the Christmas stockings to about 330 families, which could include about 1,200 children. The majority of the stockings we give out come from employees at Ken nedy Space Center, Strong said. We might think that crayons, a new toothbrush in the stocking arent very important, but for children, it is still a wonderful gift -different surprises. Winning logo heightens Earth, space sustainability awareness N ASA has been going green, and Kennedy Space Center is helping lead the way. Through the use of alternative-fuel vehicles, recycling programs and other initiatives, Kennedy has been putting an emphasis on sustainability for years. Recently, center employ ees were invited to enter a contest to design the new sustainability logo that would include the recently selected slogan Mission Sustainable: Go for Green, by Curtis Beatovich. The logo will be used to promote awareness of sustainable products and programs. Fifteen logo concepts were submitted and posted for on line voting. More than 1,100 votes were cast, and one design rose above the rest. And the winner is Eli Schoen, Kennedys energy and water manager. I wanted to show that sustainability can really be simple and should be a part of our everyday lives, Schoen said. Raquel Lumpkin, orga nizational development specialist and the lead for the contest, said the logo will be used to create a sustainability awareness campaign. The campaign will es tablish sustainability goals, emphasize the importance of communication and will help from the natural environment in their dayto-day activities. She said Schoens logo stood out because it is origi nal, has a professional feel and captures the message that we need to be sustain able on Earth and in space. In all of our initiatives, we have to be very sustain able, said Lumpkin. This is especially important since Kennedy is on a national pre serve. We need to protect the Earth and the land we use. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is inside the centers boundaries. Current center sustainabil ity initiatives include the new alkaline battery recycling program and updated facili ties that meet the U.S. Green Building Councils Leader ship in Energy and Envi ronmental Design (LEED) Power and in Kennedys Industrial Area saves NASA about $162,000 in electric use each year. Approximately 75 percent of the centers automotive fuels, including bio-diesel, electricity, compressed natural gas (CNG) and E-85 (85 percent ethanol.) The center was able to obtain an additional 63 alternative-fuel vehicles through the Ameri can Recovery and Reinvest ment Act. And the Kennedy sustain ability team says it is not done yet. It is working on a plan to advance current initiatives, so watch for sustainability tips, a sustainability newslet ter and future contests. By Stephanie Covey Spaceport News


Page 7 Dec. 9, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS Remembering Our Heritage PHSF takes hazard out of hazardous processing By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian support buildings gets under way in 1986. Space Centers Industrial Area. S olar system explora tion is dangerous, not only in space but also on Earth where the probes are prepared for launch. NASA constructed a specialized facility in Kennedy Space Centers Industrial Area 25 years ago to handle the processing of any payloads that might present safety concerns dur ing ground operations. Its location in a remote, piney wooded area south of the Parachute Refurbishment Facility provides a built-in safety zone. Major construction by Doster Construction Co. of Alabama on the new Pay load Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF) was com pleted in December 1986. Workers then only had to alarm system and an area paging and warning system. The steel-frame facility is covered with insulated metal siding and features an 89-foot-high airlock leading into a 95-foothigh service or high bay. The 100,000-pound-rated crane in the high bay and 30,000-pound-capacity crane in the airlock can move and position the most massive payloads on NASAs manifest. Payload customers, however, provide their own specialized checkout equip ment and work stands for their payloads. A facility control build ing is located 700 feet away from the PHSF and can accommodate 55 engineers and separate control rooms for simultaneous processing of two payloads, one in the PHSF and one in another location. The high bay can support almost any hazardous pro cessing, such as ordnance installation; the loading of hypergolic propellants; or the buildup, mating and alignment of a payload to a solid-propellant upper stage motor, to name a few. It also is a safe haven for hazardous systems checkout and testing. Prestigious payloads checked out in the facility include NASAs Cassini Saturn probe in 1997 and the equipment carriers for the Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission in 2008. The PHSF was enlisted check of the multi-mission radioisotope thermoelec tric generator (MMRTG) on Mars Science Labora torys Curiosity rover. The MMRTG generates power from the natural decay of plutonium-238, a nonweapons-grade form of the radioisotope. Testing of the MMRTG it was making the proper connections, but the real test will come after Curi osity, which launched in November, arrives at Mars in August 2012. The facility will stand empty next year while its heating, ventilating and airconditioning (HVAC) airhandling system is upgraded and preparations are made to receive NASAs Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MA VEN) spacecraft in 2013. MAVEN, like Curiosity, will begin its journey to Mars from Cape Canav eral Air Force Station. Its primary mission is to obtain critical measurements of the Martian atmosphere to help scientists understand dra matic climate change on the Red Planet over its history.


Page 8 Dec. 9, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kay Grinter Editorial support provided by Abacus Technology Corp. Writers Group. NASA at KSC is on the Internet at Spaceport News published 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. E-mail submissions can be sent to Looking up and ahead . All times are Eastern 2012 Launch window: TBD Launch window: TBD Launch window: TBD Launch window: TBD Launch window: TBD Launch window: TBD Launch window: TBD Launch window: TBD Launch window: TBD Launch window: TBD NASA Employees of the Month: December Services Program. NASA/Tony Gray From left, Lars Perkins, chair of the Education and Public Outreach Committee of the NASA participants of a NASA Tweetup in a tent set up at Kennedy Space Centers Press Site during prelaunch activities for the agencys launch of Mars Science Laboratory with the Curiosity rover on Nov. 26. For more on the mission, click on the photo. MSL currently is on course for an August 2012 landing. For more on the MSL mission, click on the photo. Mars Science Laboratory Update CLICK ON PHOTO CLICK ON PHOTO