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America’s gateway to the universe. Leading the world in preparing and launching missions to Earth and beyond. May 31, 2002John F. Kennedy Space Center Spaceport News 41, No. 11(See DEBUS, Page 3) NASA, NOAA join for Link ConferenceAbramson receives Debus Award(See LINK, Page 7) Inside Page 8 – Space Coast U.S. Savings Bonds kickoff held. Page 5 – American Asian Pacific Islander luncheon held. Pages 2-3 – “Recognizing Our People” honors employees. Pages 6-7 – Education programs continue: MarsPort Competition and student interns.The extreme environments and otherworldly realms of sea and space may appear to have little in common, but their surprising similarities prompted NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to host a gathering of sea and space professionals at Kennedy Space Center May 20-22. Participants said the Link 2002 Symposium would improve collaboration between the agencies and enhance the nation’s exploration capabilities. “We will get much farther if we work together. We face many similar challenges,” said Dr. Grant Gilmore, senior aquatic scientist for Dynamac Corp. Gilmore helped draw the conference to the Center. “KSC in particular offers a great aquatic testbed for studies of interest to both agencies,” he said. The three-day working symposium involved about 100 sea and space professionals from government, industry and non-profit Rick Abramson joined the ranks of some of the most highly respected members of the space program May 17 when he was honored as the winner of the 2002 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award from the National Space Club Florida Committee. The president and chief operating officer of Delaware North Parks Services of Spaceport Inc. led the transformation of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) into a world class destination. He expressed his deep appreciation of the honor during the award banquet hosted at the Debus Conference Center at KSCVC. “When I stop to think of all the past Debus Award winners and the great accom-Rick Abramson speaks after being presented the 2002 Debus Award May 17. Pictured on the display behind Abramson is KSC Director Roy Bridges, winner of the Debus Award in 2001. 2002 Link Conference attendees watch a special preview of the movie “Voyage into the Abyss” at the IMAX theater at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex May 20. A scene from the movie is pictured at left. Other special symposium events held for the sea and space professionals included a video link with aquanauts staying in the Aquarius Undersea Lab. The conference focused on exploring ways NASA and NOAA can partner.


SPACEPORT NEWS May 31, 2002 Page 2 STS-111 Honorees Awards Recognizing Our PeopleFEW awards student scholarshipsKSC innovation draws noticeGold Dollar AwardsRegina Bronson, Andreas Dibbern, Kenneth Fore, Michael Haddock, Bruce Kinnaird, Lewis Lineberger, Alan Littlefield, Roslyn McKinney, Jeanette Platt, Roland Schlierf, Gholam Shaykhian, Charles Spern, Danny Wyatt, Catherine DiBiase, John Taylor, Jeff Hunt, Garrison Thompson, Georgiann Allen, Doreen Burrell, Joseph Casey, Clark Creery, Merle Japp, Jeff Kramer, Edward McKnight, Alfred Pearson, David Welke, Wanda Bullock, Steven Dudgeon, Kenneth Hooks, James Jackson, Kim Lucks, Hugh O’Keefe, Edward Ryan Jr., Michael Tucker, Robert Arrington, Christopher Baker, William Brooks, Anthony Ciavarella, Kaye Costello, Glenn Davis, Annita Full, Michael Hartman, Chris Hasselbring, Russell Heinbockel, Rechea Hutchinson, Thomas Lossner, John McClelland, Nicos Papaioannou, John Phipps, Donald Russo, Gregory Schindler, Howard Scott and James Vanaman Will Lockwood, SGS Keith Plauche, SGS Robert Green, SGS Joe Queen, SGS The Space Coast Chapter of Federally Employed Women recently completed reviewing 57 scholastic applications. According to the scholarship committee – Chairwoman Jane Eitel, GO2-SEB; Karin Biega, XA; and Christy Vanasse, VA, this is the largest number of applications the chapter has ever received, providing the committee with a very tough job in selecting the winners. Students were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. In addition, the students had to show their extra academic excellence and honors, extra-curricular and community activities, plus they had to submit a one-page essay. The students were presented with cash awards totaling $7,250: Lindsay Parker, $1,000; Shanin Leeming, $1,000; Ashley Moran, $1,000; Peter Salib, $750; Andrew Lieb, $750; Amanda Wheeler, $750; Elizabeth Trang, $750; Mark Mallak, $750; and Sarah Super, $500. The Kennedy Space Center patented technology “Galvanic Liquid Applied Coating System” recently was selected to be presented at NASA’s Advanced Materials Symposium. The symposium was set at press time to be held May 29-31 in Cleveland. Louis MacDowell, NASA Testbeds manager, and Joe Curran, corrosion engineer with Dynacs Engineering Co. Inc., are the coinventors of this concrete coating technology. “This is just one of the latest innovations that have been created through the work of the Corrosion Technology Testbed,” MacDowell said. “We are continuously trying to improve our spaceport technologies at KSC.” Curran will make the presentation and meet with interested licensees at Glen Research Center in Cleveland. KSC’s Technology Commer-cialization Office is offering licensing or joint development opportunities for the new liquid applied coating technology. The technology – which was originally developed to combat the corrosive environment of KSC – offers a reliable way to protect embedded rebar from corrosion while enabling users to conveniently spray or brush the coating onto the outside surface of reinforced concrete. “This innovation can be applied in so many types of construction that touch all of our lives, from highways and bridges to condo and hotel balconies,” Curran said. “We believe the coating is a significant advance over other means of reinforced concrete protection.” Other applications include use of the coating for piers and docks, cooling towers, parking garages, concrete ceilings and pipelines. Concrete infrastructure repair due to deterioration from corrosion in reinforced concrete structures is estimated to have cost billions of dollars over time, Curran said. This is in addition to corrosion incurred costs due to safety concerns, downtime and maintenance. The NASA technology represents advancement over the current rebar protection systems because it allows for direct application to the outer surface of reinforced concrete without using specialized equipment and labor. Also current protection systems require either the application of materials to the rebar itself or extensive processes and expensive equipment to sufficiently protect embedded rebar. By transferring the corrosion process from the inside of the formed concrete slab to the outside of the concrete surface, companies will be able to conveniently slow or stop the internal corrosion process.Joe Curran (left), corrosion engineer with Dynacs Engineering Co. Inc. and Louis MacDowell, NASA Testbeds manager, inspect reinforced concrete being tested at the Corrosion Technology Testbed.


SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 May 31, 2002DEBUS ...(Continued from Page 1)VPP Star celebrationSpace Gateway Support President Mike Butchko receives the VPP Star Award from Cindy Coe, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region IV administrator, during a celebration May 17. The celebration was held to commemorate the designation given to SGS and JBOSC team members. The VPP Star is the highest program award from OSHA. In addition, National Quality Assurance recently recommended the SGS/JBOSC team to be registered for ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental). The JBOSC team is the first company at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport to be recommended for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and to receive the VPP Star. According to Mike Butchko, SGS president, “This is a proud moment in our company’s history. The entire JBOSC team accomplished this prestigious award and recognition through dedica-tion and commitment to our customers. The SGS/ JBOSC slogan ‘We don’t launch spacecraft, but they don’t launch them without us’ was never so true.” Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan greets Joan Abramson, mother of Debus Award-winner Rick Abramson, chief operating officer of Delaware North Parks Services of Spaceport Inc.plishments, it’s hard for me to believe that I’m standing here before you. Many of these winners are here tonight. They are people who have devoted their lives to the space program. “So, it is with great humility that I accept this award. But I accept with one caveat. I accept it for my team. A leader cannot succeed without a great team by his side. I am blessed with a great team here at Kennedy Space Center – both those who lead me and those whom I lead.” Abramson named many of the NASA leaders he has worked with, including Roy Bridges, KSC director, and JoAnn Morgan, External Relations and Business Development director. He also thanked those on his Delaware North team and his family members, reserving the greatest thanks for his wife, Sylvia. Abramson was lauded by the featured speaker, Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan – “the most recent man to walk on the Moon,” as Cernan was referred to several times during the program. Cernan praised Abramson’s pioneering efforts to bring to the public the experience of a journey into space, through history of NASA and into the future of space exploration. Cernan then challenged Abramson and the audience to the ultimate inspiration of the nation’s youth – sending a 17-year-old to the International Space Station. “Just think about how much excitement it would create about space travel,” Cernan said. Abramson’s work with Delaware North Companies began more than 35 years ago. Beginning as a teenager in the concession stands of Milwaukee County Stadium selling hotdogs, he worked his way through the ranks to various senior managerial and regional director positions. Most recently, as president and chief operating officer for Delaware North Parks Services of Spaceport, Inc., concessionaire of the KSCVC, Abramson was responsible for directing all aspects of development, finance, marketing and operations for the Visitor Complex. During his six-year tenure, Abramson successfully has guided a $130 million redevelopment of the Visitor Complex. Under his leadership, the Visitor Complex opened the worldrenowned Apollo/Saturn V Center, International Space Station Center and Launch Complex 39 Observation Gantry. He also has managed the opening of featured educational programs and exhibits such as Astronaut Encounter, “Mad Mission to Mars 2025,” Early Space Exploration, Exploration in the New Millennium, as well as the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility. A guiding force in Brevard County, Abramson is active in the local community. He serves on the board of governors for the Brevard Community College Foundation and is immediate past president of the board of directors for the Brevard Zoo as well as chairman of the Steering Committee for the National Space Club Florida Committee. Abramson resides in Melbourne with his wife, Sylvia, and their two daughters, Mary and Molly. First given in 1990, the Debus Award was created to recognize achievements and contributions made in Florida to the American aerospace effort. It is named for Kennedy Space Center’s first director, Dr. Kurt Debus.


May 31, 2002 SPACEPORT NEWS Page 445th Space Wing, lighthouse foundation join forces NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston has awarded a $42.5 million contract modification to Spacehab Inc. to supplement support for the STS-116 and STS118 Space Shuttle missions to the International Space Station. The missions are scheduled for 2003. This extension includes two Space Station Logistics Single Module missions providing supplies to crews on board the space station. Spacehab provides mission support hardware and related The future of the historic 134year-old Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is brighter now because of a new partnership to restore and preserve it, allowing the lighthouse to continue to function as a navigational aid. Brig. Gen. Donald Pettit, commander of the 45th Space Wing, and Chris Lehnertz, president of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation Inc., signed a memorandum of agreement May 20 at a formal ceremony on the lighthouse grounds. The memorandum establishes a formal relationship between the 45th Space Wing and the foundation, formed to assist the wing in telling the story of the lighthouse, and the lighthouse keepers and families, to ensure that it lives on for future generations. The 45th Space Wing and the Air Force assumed ownership of the lighthouse from the U.S. Coast Guard Dec. 14. That in itself is significant in that of all American lighthouses, it is the only fully operational lighthouse owned by the United States Air Force. “I’m proud that this organization has stepped up to help restore this resource for the community with the intent to eventually make it more accessible to the public,” said Pettit. The Air Force’s budget includes money for maintenance and upkeep of the existing lighthouse, but does not budget for any non-mission essential projects such as interior restoration or rebuilding historic structures.Brig. Gen. Pettit, commander of the 45th Space Wing, and Chris Lehnertz sign a memorandum of agreement to enable the preservation of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, which is pictured at right.Lehnertz’s vision, which is shared by the Air Force, reaches much further. “I personally appreciate the fact that Brig. Gen. Pettit shares this vision. It was his confidence in this whole enterprise that gave us the motivation to press forward in establishing the foundation,” said Lehnertz. She hopes to eventually reestablish the homes that used to surround the lighthouse, to include the former lighthouse keepers’ residences and surrounding outbuildings. Lehnertz envisions the foundation raising $100,000 in initial revenues over a two-year period from major fundraising events, donations, foundation memberships, local, state and federal grants, corporate sponsorship and souvenir sales. A secondary goal is to establish a resource pool of volunteers who will reconstruct the homes as well as tell the story of this lighthouse and its role in navigational history. A third purpose of the foundation is to educate the community and particularly school children. “There’s so much to be learned from the past and so much of history that can help prepare for the future,” said Lehnertz. “Kids and adults need to learn they can make a difference for the future and this is a way for them to learn about history and how they can make history by becoming actively involved, contributing members of society.” NASA Public Affairs Officer George Diller serves on the board of directors for the foundation. Plans are to begin restoring the lighthouse’s oil house this summer, he said. “The goal is preservation and restoration. There are no plans to move the lighthouse,” Diller said. “By keeping it where it is, it can continue to function as a working lighthouse, hopefully for the next 100 years and on.” Those interested in joining the foundation, can contact Diller at (321) 861-7643. Memberships start at $35.Deputy administrator to be nominatedservices including flight hardware, module transporter, ground support equipment, ground payload processing facilities, module trainers and mockups to support flight crew training and mission integration services. This modification brings the total of the initial firm-fixed-price Research and Logistics Mission Support Contract to $224.5 million. The contract, awarded in December 1997, involves work in Huntsville, Ala., and at Kennedy Space Center.Spacehab contract modification awardedPresident George Bush has announced his intention to nominate Frederick Gregory as the next deputy administrator for NASA. Gregory, 61, is a veteran astronaut and U.S. Air Force combat pilot, and currently serves as the associate administrator for the Office of Space Flight at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. If confirmed as deputy administrator, Gregory will serve as the chief operating officer for the agency and report directly to Administrator O'Keefe. He will be responsible for directing and managing many of the programs as well as the day-to-day operations and activities at NASA. Before being named to his current position in December 2001, Gregory served as associate administrator for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance.


SPACEPORT NEWS May 31, 2002 Page 5Asian-Pacific Islander luncheon delights crowd Goodbye to original transporterThe original Payload Canister Transporter left Kennedy Space Center’s Canister Rotation Facility May 9 to be shipped out to its new owner, a shipyard in Alabama. The transporter was built by Kamag in Ulm, Germany, in 1978. It was specially built to transport the Payload Canisters at KSC and CCAFS. The transporter has a lifting capacity of approximately 200 tons and weights 258,000 pounds. It is being replaced by a new transporter expected to come online by mid-June. The second transporter was replaced about a year ago. The Boeing Co. manages the operation of the transporters.The AAPI Cultural Awareness show and lunch May 22 captured much of true essence of the Asian American Pacific Islanders culture. Kennedy Space Center Director Roy Bridges Jr. shared some opening remarks at the program in the Training Auditorium. Then Philippine Senator Nikki Coseteng gave a very inspirational speech on the past, present and future of all Asian Americans. During her address, she informed attendees of the difficult history of her country’s struggle. She also praised Asian Americans who have migrated to America for their contributions and accomplishments. The entertainment for the event included Japanese and Indian dances, which delighted the crowd. The lucheon held under a tent outside the Training Auditorium was popular, featuring pepper steak, bourbon chicken, egg rolls, pork rice and delicious fried vegetables. The meal was served by many of the members of the AAPI Working Group. Members worked hard to make the event educational and fun. “The Asian American and Pacific Islander program was a wonderful event. All of KSC’s awareness activities hope to provide a greater sense of mutual appreciation, respect and a climate where all employees are valued. This is what makes America and NASA such a great place to live and work,” said Ken Aguilar, director of Equal Opportunity Office.KSC Director Roy Bridges (center) and Philippine Senator Nikki Coseteng (right) talk with guests during the AAPI lunch.


Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS May 31, 2002 Students envision future Mars greenhouseNASA-Florida space research grants awardedThe NASA-sponsored Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) at the University of Central Florida, and the Florida Space Research Institute (FSRI) today announced the selection of 16 space research and education projects to receive more than $360,000 in grant awards. The grants will combine federal and state funds for projects supporting space-related commercial, military and NASA priorities in Florida. “Our efforts to expand Florida’s academic involvement in space research and technology development are bearing fruit with the recent announcement of major new centers supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation,” said Florida Lt. Governor Frank For two days, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) was home to 55 students competing against each other’s concepts that will allow for vegetation growth in a greenhouse on Mars. Students and faculty from universities around the country were here for the NASA MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition 2002 to present a paper on engineering trade studies to design optimal configurations for a MarsPort Deployable Greenhouse (MDG). “Through the MarsPort competition, students go through the same thought processes a NASA scientist or engineer does in designing hardware or participating in a mission,” said Gregg Buckingham, KSC’s university programs lead. “This process gives them a real feel for the academic concepts they are learning and thus enhances their preparation for participation in the Nation’s space program.” External Relations and Business Development Director JoAnn Morgan welcomed the MarsPort participants. The conference, organized by the Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) was held at the Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility at the KSCVC May 14-15 and was sponsored by KSC, FSGC, and the Florida Space Research Institute. After Mike O’Neal, KSC’s deputy chief technologist, explained the competition objectives, Buckingham spoke to the student representatives from Cornell University, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, St. Louis University, University of Central Florida, University of Colorado-Boulder and University of Florida about the various university programs at KSC. Dr. Gary Stutte, plant scientist with Dynamac Corp., discussed the PESTO (Photosynthesis Experiment System Testing Operation) experiment on the International Space Station and some of its preliminary findings. Stutte is the principal investigator of the KSCdesigned study. To kick off the second day, the participants toured KSC. Sam Durrance, FSGC director and former astronaut, then spoke to the group during lunch. James Jennings, KSC deputy director, presented awards to the winning teams.University of Colorado students who won the 2002 MarsPort competition are pictured with Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director James Jennings and Sam Durrance, director of the Florida Space Grant Consortium.Brogan. “This latest round of state grant awards will add to the momentum we have established in Florida, and promote our vision for a statewide, multi-disciplinary aerospace research and education program.” The approved research and education projects will involve 10 universities and colleges: Brevard Community College, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida A&M University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and the University of Miami. Other recipients include the Astronauts Memorial Foundation and the Hubbs Sea World Research Institute. The projects cover a variety of topics, including spaceport technologies, satellite remote sensing, aerospace education and workforce training, and launch vehicle propulsion systems. Also funded by FSGC under the same joint solicitation were 11 summer research projects for undergraduate students. Through this program, students from the Florida Institute of Technology, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, and the University of Florida will each receive $3,000 to conduct space-related research projects in cooperation with faculty mentors. With this latest round of awards, the joint grant program has funded more than $1.3 million since 2000 for university and community college space projects, many of them in partnership with industry. A comprehensive listing of all projects supported since 2000 is posted on FSRI’s Web site at FSRI is an institute established by Governor Jeb Bush and Florida’s Legislature to stimulate the state’s space industry diversification through academic support to space research and technology. FSGC, hosted at the University of Central Florida, is part of a nationwide NASA-sponsored network of 52 academic consortia responsible for supporting space research and education projects. GREGG BUCKINGHAM KSC UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS“Through the MarsPort competition, students go through the same thought processes a NASA scientist or engineer does in designing hardware or participating in a mission.”


Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS May 31, 2002 Summer student interns come to CenterLINK ...(Continued from Page 1) organizations. The conference was kicked off with a welcome by KSC Director Roy Bridges Jr. in the Universe Theater at the KSC Visitor Complex. During various breakout sessions, symposium participants built on existing NOAA-NASA partnerships and shared ideas on common interests in technology development. A highlight of the event was a keynote speech by Shuttle Astronaut Michael Gernhardt. Dr. Gernhardt has logged more than 43 days in space and more than 700 deep sea dives. He has many research and technology developments to his credit, including his helping develop new astronaut and robotcompatible tools for performing maintenance on the International Space Station. He also worked on the development of new portable life support systems and decompression procedures for extravehicular activity. Dr. Gernhardt urged listeners to focus on taking care of “the Earth, our life support system” just as hard as an astronaut focuses on keeping his life support system in working order on orbit. Support for the event came from NASA’s Oceanography Program and NOAA’s recently created Office of Ocean Exploration. The conference was named after Edwin Link, a pioneering American inventor and researcher in aeronautics and ocean engineering. Link’s sister Marilyn spoke at the conference and told attendees: “This is just the kind of thing Edwin would love to see.” Framing the context for LINK 2002, Scott Gudes, deputy under secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, said, “NOAA and NASA have similar difficulties in reaching the extreme environments they explore. The Link Symposium is the perfect opportunity to bring all of the players together. “We share what we have done, what we know and what we can do. But just as important, we share our biggest puzzles and try to help each other solve them.” Dr. Ghassem Asrar, NASA associate administrator for the Earth Science Enterprise said: “Today, we study the Earth as a whole system. Oceanography on a global basis is made possible by being able to observe the ocean from space. The deep ocean and deep space are both extreme environments into which we send humans and machines. “Oceanographers can benefit from the experience and technology of space exploration. Space exploration scientists can apply the lessons of deep sea exploration to the analogous extreme environment of space.” In addition to breakout sessions and working groups, the conference highlighted educational and outreach efforts such as the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s remotely operated vehicle national competition for high school and college students, which was held concurrently with the conference. To learn more about NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise see http:// To learn more about NOAA, visit http://www. And for more information on the Link Symposium, visit http:// Kennedy Space Center’s Education Programs and University Research Division held its University Intern and Summer Faculty Fellowship Orientation May 20 in the Training Auditorium. External Relations and Business Development Director JoAnn Morgan greeted the 63 incoming university students and summer faculty: “Welcome to KSC’s University Level and Faculty Summer Program. We received well over 500 applicants and you all were selected as the BEST of the BEST. We look forward to a productive summer, for you and for us.” Division Chief Pam Biegert was on hand to introduce the education staff and give a brief overview of the summer programs. The student also received overviews of safety, health, and security; the Equal Opportunity Office and its functions; and workforce diversity and management.The Brevard Community College team prepares for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s remotely operated vehicle national competition for high school and college students at BCC. The students are pictured with their display at the KSC Visitor Complex.Following the presentations, students learned about activities they might participate in, including cultural awareness groups, launches, landings and various enrichment activities. The groups then broke out into their respective programs and took group photos. After a lunch break the students were released to their mentors. Mentors of all student programs were invited to Mentor Training May 17 in the Training Auditorium. Trainer Fred Higgs III offered the group “Powerful Principles for Cultivating Potential.” Higgs discussed such issues as communicating the vision of an organization, mentors as leaders, sources of power, teaching, coaching, career planning, the mentor’s role and potential expectations of students.Incoming university students and summer faculty were introduced to Kennedy Space Center during the University Intern and Summer Faculty Fellowship Orientation May 20.


Page 8 SPACEPORT NEWS May 31, 2002 John F. Kennedy Space Center Managing editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Buckingham Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Hagood Editorial support provided by InDyne Inc. Writers Group. NASA at KSC is located on the Internet at USGPO: 733-133/60009Spaceport News Spaceport News is an official publication of the Kennedy Space Center and is published on alternate Fridays by External Relations and Business Development in the interest of KSC civil service and contractor employees. Contributions are welcome and should be submitted two weeks before publication to the Media Services Branch, XAE-1. E-mail submissions can be sent to Katharine.Hagood-1@ksc.nasa.govThe KSC Federal Women’s Program Working Group (FWPWG) represents the women of KSC’s civil service work force. The group identifies and addresses issues, both personal and professional, which affect all Center employees. The FWP is administered by the Federal government under each agency’s Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunities programs FWP overs all women in the Federal service. FWP managers and representatives are advisors to management on the special concerns of women and to ensure that agency’s affirmative actions plans. For all the latest information regarding the FWPWG, visit the new Web site: FWPWG features new Web siteU.S. Savings Bonds kickoff breakfast heldStanley Arthur, president of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, gives the keynote speech during the U.S. Savings Bonds Campaign 2002 breakfast at Kennedy Space Center. Lockheed Martin is corporate sponsor of the 2002 national campaign.If something’s affordable, convenient, competitive, safe, and a great deal, why not take advantage of it? Well, according to the U.S. Savings Bonds Campaign 2002, those are the very reasons why purchasing bonds are a unique investment opportunity. The Space Coast bond drive was kicked off at a breakfast May 16 at the KSC Visitor Complex’s Debus Conference Facility. KSC Deputy Director James Jennings was appointed 2002 Space Coast Campaign chairman by Howard Patton of the U.S. Treasury Department during the breakfast. “Savings bonds allow people to do well while doing good,” Jennings said. As a result of Americans’ desire to rebuild the city of New York and Washington, D.C., Jennings explained, the Series EE Savings Bonds will be issued as Patriot Bonds this year. The proceeds of all Treasury securities, including Patriot Bonds, will contribute to the recovery and war efforts. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control President Stanley Arthur, who was keynote speaker at the breakfast, also emphasized the importance and benefits of purchasing U.S. Savings Bonds. “I used the bonds I bought years ago to help fund my first child’s college education,” he said. “They’re safe when other investments may never see the light of day.” Martin also described the useful tool at that calculates bond growth. “It’s a good way to teach children about money,” he said. “They can watch their bonds grow as they grow.” Ron Jones, Department of Treasury’s Florida District Director, recognized the 2001 Space Coast Honor Roll companies for outstanding employee participation. Forty-six percent of the United Space Alliance and 59 percent of the KSC workforce participated last year. Lockheed Martin Launch Operations topped the list with 63 percent. The master of ceremonies for the program was George Diller, NASA public affairs officer. The 2002 Savings Bond Drive will soon narrow its focus to KSC. From June 4-14, employees can participate in the KSC 2002 U.S. Savings Bond Campaign. More information will be available as the drive nears.KSC Deputy Director James Jennings to lead Space Coast Campaign