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Fortieth Anniversary Pioneering the Future Capabi I ities increase with an outstreched arm from Canada The Canadian Space Agency's first contribution to the International Space Station (ISS), the 56 foot long Space Station Remote Manipulator System (or arm), arrived at KSC on May 16. The arm is the primary means of transferring pay loads between the orbiter payload bay and the station for assembly. The ann is scheduled for launch on STS-100, planned for July 2000. Next month, the remote manipulator system will undergo a functional test in the Space Station Processing Facility. Later, the arm will be electrically connected to Destiny (the U.S. Laboratory) for a Multi Element Integrated Test. This will verify that the robotic work station controls aboard Destiny function so that the astronauts will use to control the arm Next, the segments of the arm will be attached to a launch support assembly structure placing the arm into its final flight configuration. Finally, the arm will be mated to the payload carrier and a launch configuration test will be performed. This will be an integrated electrical test with the elements of the arm fully assembled connected. May 28,1999 Vol. 38, No 11 Spaceport News America's gateway to the universe. Le adi ng the wor ld)n preparing and launching missions to Earth a n d beyond. John F. Kennedy Space Center What's in store for KSC employees through NASA's Exchange Council Do you need to buy a Father's Day card? Know someone who wants a tee-shirt with the latest mission logo? Or maybe the patch of the very first Shuttle mission? At NASA's four Exchange stores at KSC, you can purchase these items tax-free along with hundreds of other Shuttleand space-related memorabilia, greeting cards, special occasion merchandise, giftware, clothing, sundries, magazines and newspapers. All greeting cards are sold at a 10 percent discount off of retail prices, and you can turn in your photo negatives for next-day photo developing. "The KSC Exchange stores provide employees with convenient and discounted shopping right on the center," said Maria Wilson, associate Exchange operations manager with NASA's Procurement Office. "Not only can employees purchase items tax free, but the stores' proceeds go directly back into KSC programs and events." Tanya Marks and Don Avery (left) w ith the NASA E xc hange t a l k a bout packing a lot of space items into a little space w ith JSC workers Bill Prams and Ben Reina (far right). Monies raised from sales at the Exchange store paid for the recent remodeling and equipment purchases at the Operations and Checkout (O&C) Building's Fitness Center "The KSC Fitness Center in the O&C Building is partly subsidized by the NASA Exchange," said Wilson. "All employees are encouraged to use the fitness centers in the O&C Building and the Operations Support Building, free of charge." Echoing Wilson's sentiments was KSC Director Roy Bridges, who recently visited the newly renovated O&C Fitness Center to exercise and use the equipment. "One of our guiding principles at KSC is Safety and Health First," Bridges noted. "With this ex panded fitness center, we have taken a major stride toward abiding by our principle. "Fitness has numerous benefits for employees," he continued. "It improves one's health and sense of well being, improves stamina, and can help reduce the incidence and severity of a number of illnesses." (See Exchange, Page 4) Taking the initiative for a safer Agency Exploration involves risk, for without risk, there can be little discovery. In a speech delivered Jan. 19, NASA Administrator Dan Goldin pointed out that "being an Agency and workforce willing to accept risk, but only in an informed manner, is consistent with our unwillingness to compromise the safety and health of people and property or do harm to the environment. In fact, your safety and health, both on and off the job, is and always will be our concern. As we move into the 21st Century, I have designated safety and health as our highest core value." In Kennedy Space Center's guiding principles, Safety and Health First is listed as the number one item. Recently, NASA set forth an Agency Safety Initiative (ASI) to become the nation's leader in the safety and occupational health of its workforce and the safety of the products and services it provides. Safety plays an integral role in NASA's quest to expand frontiers in aeronautics and space The ASI is aimed at strengthening NASA's capabilities so that safety permeates every aspect of NASA work, and the Agency routinely incorporates safety and health principles and practices into daily decision making processes. The ASI establishes the NASA (See Safety, Page 2)


Page2 Safety ... (Continued from Page 1) 'safety hierarchy'-the order NASA uses to prioritize safety efforts. The safety hierarchy is as follows: First, safety for the public. NASA absolutely must protect the public from harm. Second, safety for astronauts and pilots, because they expose them selves to risk in high hazard flight regimes. Third, safety for employees, because the Agency owes it to employees to provide them with a safe and healthy workplace. Fourth, safety for high value equipment, because the Agency is a steward of the public's trust. To achieve the Agency Safety Initiative, actions required include the following items: ensuring that safety and mission success requirements are communicated, understood, implemented and are not compromised; SPACEPORT NEWS iden tifying and assessing hazards and building appropriate safety measures, such as failsafe features, abort capa bilities, and crew escape mechanisms into pro grams; improving the reliability and robustness of aerospace hardware and software; ensuring that safety-critica l functions have redundancy; designing to minimize the probability of human enor; employing formal risk management practices to drive prudent program/project decisions designing safety into the facilities and equipment used by our employees; making safe performance a condition of employment at NASA; setting a goal of zero human May 28,1999 injury mishaps on the job ; empowering employees to call time out" when they spot something unsafe; ensuring both onand off -th e-job safety training for everyone; evaluating safety knowledge. 1999 Federal Savings Bonds Campaign kicks off June 1 The Kennedy Space Center 1999 Federal Savings Bonds Campaign will be held from June 1-June 18. Center Director Roy Bridges will lead a discussion about investing in America at the 1999 campaign kickoff on Tuesday, June 1 at 9:30a.m. in the Training Auditorium. Bridges is chairman of this year's drive, and Maria Lopez-Tellado from the ELV and Payload Carriers Pro. u.s. 1\onds grams Office is co-chair. "The Savings Bond Drive has been a source of great pride at KSC," said Bridges. "For each of the past 32 years we have led the Agency in participation. I am confident we will do so again in 1999 "The stars in the Minuteman flag in front of the Headquarters Building symbolize 30 years of high bond participation by the entire KSC team," he continued. This year's national campaign theme "Fly with the Eagle" highlights the importance of investing for the future. It is one of the safest and most widely held securities in the world. "As federal employees, U.S. Savings Bonds are an investment in our own security as well as our country," Bridges added. "If you do not currently participate in the Savings Bond program, now i s the time to start. If you already participate I urge you to increase your allotment. These are our goals for this year's campaign. I know we can achieve them." Join 55 million other Americans who invest in U.S. Savings Bonds. Consider the following benefits. All savings begin with paying yourself first, and U.S. Savings Bonds make it easy. You pay federal taxes only when you cash in your bonds for payoff. Not paying taxes every year lets your savings take flight. U.S Savings Bonds pay interest on interest already earned -not once but twice a year so your ac count soars before you reali ze it. Interest paid on interest is what financial planners call the miracle of compounding. You can invest about $3 a day in Series EE bonds for 30 years and, at an average return of five percent your nest egg grows to $83,000. At six percent, it's worth a $100,000. Financial planners call it a long term investment. The rest of us call it a nest egg. The Treasury Department announces interest rates on U.S. Savings Bonds every six months. In fact, bond s currently earn 90 percent of what five-year Treasury bonds yield in the market. U.S. Savings bonds have no peers when it comes to safeg uarding your investment. They are b ac ked by the full faith and credit of the United States Government, and bonds can be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. You may be eligible for special tax benefits from bonds used for college or other higher education and training, and there may be tax savings in buying bonds in a child's name. Fifteen million Americans will buy U.S. Savings Bonds this year-83 percent for retirement; 70 percent for education; 60 percent for financial security; and 43 percent for emergencies


May 28,1999 SPACEPORT NEWS Page3 A full house leads to reshuffling the stack When hail threw a wet blanket on the launch of STS-96 scheduled for May 20, it also brought out the stellar resolve and ingenuity of KSC workers. The necessary move of Shuttle Discovery from Launch Pad 39B back into the Vehicle Assembly Building for repairs (see page 8) meant that the STS-93 stack of external tank (ET) already mated to two solid rocket boosters (SRBs) had to roll out of the Vehicle Assembly Building to make room for Discovery. Also in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) was the STS-99 partially completed stack, which could not be moved out of the building since one SRB was not yet completely assembled Exposing an open SRB to the elements outdoors would bring unacceptable risks So if Shuttle Discovery (STS-96) and the STS 99 partially completed stack occupied the VAB, where was the STS 93 stack to go? Could it be exposed outside during a week when mild to moderate storms were predicted? "The need for a catenary system to protect the stack became clear when a team of KSC workers from just about every organiza -tion came together over the weekend to solve the dilemma," said Jeff White, deputy director, Ground Systems Support, United Space Alliance. "I can't praise the team enough regarding how they came together to brainstorm solutions," he continued. "We had engineers, crane operators, riggers, instrumentation folks, technicians, weather crew, safety personnel, the J -BOSC survey team, lightning committee staff you name it! These are the type of people to be in a tight corner with. With tremendous cooperation and with a can-do spirit, they made sure every angle was covered." A Joint -Base Operations Support Contract (J BOSC) survey crew assured the viability of correct placement near the building, and wind direction and speed calculations were made to assure that the stack would be safe. According to Terry Willingham, chairman of the KSC Lightning Safety Assessment Commit tee, the catenary wire lightning protection system provided an overhead grounded shield to intercept a lightning strike that might head for the STS-93 stack and to conduct the potentially damaging lightning cmrents safely to ground. The catenary system used the same wire that is used on the slide wire emergency egress system at the launch pads. "This is the first time we have configured this type of system at the VAB to protect our national resource," said White "We made use of what we had available and made it work. For example, we used two NASA cranes to string the wires to the ground, where they were tied into ground rods The wires were run up to the VAB roof, where the entire set up was tied into the VAB's own lightning protection system. It provided the stack with the same type of protection we have for vehicles at the launch pads." Shuttle Discovery was rolled back out of the VAB on May 20 after three days of repairs, allowing the STS-93 stack to be safely returned The STS-93 stack of solid rocket boosters and external tank moved toward the Veh icl e Assembly Building (VAB) passing underneath one of its t wo lightning sh ield wires strung from the roof of the VAB for protection. Th e stack was temporarily stored outside beneath the w ire s to make room for the Shuttle Discovery (STS-96) inside the VAB for repairs to Discovery's hail-damaged external tank to high bay I in the VAB-thanks to the KSC team that pulled together to weather the storm. Primates' primary successful space launch and recovery remembered today Exactly 40 years ago, two young female monkeys were launched into space and recovered alive, opening a door for manned spaceflight. The two primates, known as Able and Miss Baker, were the first to survive a trip into space and be successfully recovered. It was said at the time that the mission flown by Able and Miss Baker yielded important data needed before this nation could ever risk sending a human astronaut into space. The launch occurred from Cape Canaveral's pad "B" at Launch Complex 26 on May 28, 1959, at 3:35a.m., when Able and Miss Baker rode atop a Jupiter rocket. The pair reached speeds of 10,000 miles per hour and experienced nearly nine minutes of weightlessness. Able was a reddish-brown American-born rhesus monkey. She was trained prior to the flight to tap a modified telegraph key every time a red light flashed. Life magazine honored the two primates on its cover in 1959. Miss Baker was a one pound, long tailed squirrel monkey. During the flight, Miss Baker was wired with numerous sensors to monitor and send back information on her heartbeat, respiration and body temperature When word broke of Able's and Miss Baker's flight into space, they became instant celebrities, and every major newspaper in the country ran front page headlines of their accomplishment.


Page 4 Exchange (Continued from Page 1) Health-related programs a vailable on center support KSC's commitment to health and wellness. Some of the programs are offered through the fitness centers "Our mission at the centers is to provide employees with a balanced program of physical fitness and health education services," said Amy Golden, supervisor of the fitness centers. Both fitness centers are equipped with cardiovascular machines, strength training machines, free weights and stretchiflg areas Aerobics classes are available at the O&C. The KSC fitness centers are located in Room 1108 of the O&C and Room 1301 of the Operations Support Building, and both fitness centers are open from 5:30a. m to 7 p .m. Call 867-7829 for more information. Rehabilitation services available The NASA Exchange Council also funds Rehab Works, a free on-site rehabilitation service. The program's primary focus is to treat musculoskeletal injuries, such as low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome tendonitis bursitis and the traditional sports -related sprains and strains. All badged KSC or Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS) employees may avail them selves of Rehab Works' services provided in O&C Room 1103. The Rehab Works staff of certified and licensed athletic trainers can provide injury assessment and rehabilitation services to employees in order to maximize long term recovery and reduce lost work time. Advantages of using Rehab Works include prompt treatment for injuries and diminished travel time to and from therapy. The unique combination of injury prevention rehabilitation and education reduces workers' compensation costs while promoting a healthier workforce. Rehab Works is open Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on RehabWorks, call 867-7497. Kennedy Athletic Recreational and Social (KARS) Parks I and II provide venues for baseball softball, picnics camping, boating, tennis, rollerblading, fishing, volleyball hiking, biking and lots more all thanks to the money spent at the NASA Exchange stores. The KSC Exchange adm inisters the concession agreement for the recent l y remodeled Citgo gas station. SPACEPORT NEWS Annual passes to the parks may be purchased by KSC and CCAS employees at the NASA Exchange stores or at KARS Park I for $5 each. This allows employees and families access to the park for use of facilities and camping. The park office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and is open until 7 p.m on summer weekends. The 258-acre KARS Park I is host to the KSC All-American Picnic each year, which is funded by the KSC Exchange Council. Amuse the family with park discounts You can also entertain your family with a day at the local amusement parks, such as Disney's Magic Kingdom, Disney-MGM Studios, Busch Gardens, Cypress Gardens, Sea World, Universal Studios Wet and Wild, WaterMania, Church Street Station and others The KSC Exchange stores sell discounted tickets every day to these parks, as well as the Orlando dinner theaters and local miniature golf attractions The KSC Exchange Council oversees operation of the KSC Child Development Center. The center, located at A Avenue and 5th Street, offers child care services to children of KSC and CCAS employees. For more information about the center, call 867-KIDS. The KSC Exchange Council oversees the barber shops, located in the Headquarters Building and the Operations Support Building. Both are open from 8 a m to 4 p m. The Exchange organizes the book sales on center throughout the year and the annual plant sale. It also funds the concession trailers and stands on the causeway during launches. When special luncheons and gatherings are held such as the ISO certification luncheon, engineering days lunches, Combined Federal Campaign celebratory lunch, Secretary's Day breakfast, Savings Bond drive recognition event, continuous improvement reception and others the Exchange provides the funds for the meals and special recognition awards. Also, the NASA College Scholarship Fund Inc is managed locally by the KSC Exchange May 28,1999 Above, Center Director Roy Bridges received a tour of the new fitness center in KSC s Operations and Checkout (O&C) Bui l ding by Fitnes s Center Supervisor Amy Golden. Bridges enco u raged a l l employees to improve and main t ain good hea lt h and fitness, as he made tim e to work out on the O&C s new equipment (be l ow). Council. The fund was established to award scholarships to qualified dependents of NASA and NASA retirees across the Agency. For the 1999-2000 school year, there are six scholarships being offered in the amount of $2,000 The renewable scholarship is for a maximum of $8,000 over six calendar years. Applicants must be pursuing a course of study in the science or engineering field that will lead to a recognized undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university in the United States. Applications are made available each year in February by Diane Holden. For additional information on the scholarship fund, contact Holden at 867 0510. The Exchange Council also administers the concession agreement for the recently remodeled Citgo gas station and the KSC Federal Credit Union. The Citgo service station will soon be offering a credit card service, allowing customers to purchase gasoline during hour s when the station is closed. The Exchange Council also i s now working on a contract to manage a locksmith and wrecker/towing service for employees.


May 28, 1999 SPACEPORT NEWS Page 5 Straner remembered as enthusiastic supporter of space program AI Straner, Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) site test conductor recently passed away from a sudden heart attack and has been remembered fondly over the past few weeks by USA and NASA colleagues. "Al Straner was a good friend and a tremendous supporter of the Space Shuttle program," said Michael McCulley, USA vice president and deputy program manager. "I will miss him very much, both personally and professionally." Straner was "the epitome of the 'can-do' attitude," said Stianer's manager Bill Carr. "His enthusiasm was contagious." Straner's energetic spirit was so strong that it is his voice along with the voice of America's first female astronaut, Sally Ride, that graces the KSC bus tours; it was he who was selected to be on a Discovery Channel program alongside the director of the Space Station Hardware Integration Office, Tip Talone; and it was Straner who conducted tours for the government officials and YIPs through the OPF during the STS -95 launch that returned John Glenn to space. He also organized the OPF tours during KSC's Open House days. "Al's competence in his work was merely a reflection of his energetic, positive approach to life," said Can. "He did everything 110 percent, and his legacy will live on in the many lives he touched." AI Straner OPF site test conductor recent l y sat in o n orbiter's cockp i t g i v ing a thumbs up to the space program that he loved. St r aner has been remembered as a "go od friend and a tremendous supporter of the Space Shuttle program. He orga niz ed OPF tours during KSC's Open House D ays for five years. Navigating an enterprising space agency A 1998 policy directive in NASA's Strategic Plan states that "we boldly expand frontiers in air and space to inspire and serve America and to benefit the quality of life on Earth." NASA's overall program to adhere to this policy comprises four strategic enterprises. Each covers a major area of the Agency's research and development efforts. Do you know what the enter prises are and who heads each? Aeronautics and Space Transportation Technology The mission of this enterprise is to pioneer the development and commercialization of high-payoff aeronautics and space trans portation technologies. Through research and technology, this enterprise promotes economic growth and national security through a safe, efficient national aviation system and affordable, reliable space transportation. The enterprise is managed by the Office of Aerospace Technology. Lt. Gen. Spence M. "Sam" Armstrong (USAF, Ret.) heads NASA 's Aeronautics and Space Transportation Technology Enterprise in Washingto_n, D.C He had served as NASA 's associate administrator for Human Resources and Ed ucati on since Sept. 1991. Armstrong's duties include overall responsibility for NASA's four aeronautical research centersAmes Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.; Dryden Fl i ght Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base Calif.; Langley Research Center, Hampton Va.; and John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field, Ohio. Earth Science Formerly the Mission to Planet Earth Enterprise, the mission of NASA 's Earth Science is to use space to provide unique information about our own planet. Scientific inquiry about Earth yields know ledge of substantial practical value to society-in weather and climate forecasting, in agriculture, in natural resource management, in urban and regional planning and elsewhere The enterprise is headed up by Ghassem R. Asrar, associate administrator for Earth Science. selection to lead this enter pnse, Dr. Asrar was chief scientist for the Earth Observing System in the Office of Earth Science at NASA Headquarters. In this position he led an international team developing the scientific priorities and measure ments to be obtained from a series of advanced Earth orbiting satellites that promise fundamental new insights into the connections between Earth s land oceans atmosphere, ice, and life Asrar conducted research and trained undergraduate and post graduate st udents for nine years in academia prior to joining NASA as a senior scientist in 1987 He has continued his interest in developing the next generation of Eart h scientists by establishing the NASA Earth System Science Fellowship Program, which ha s trained more than 400 young scien tists to date. Human Exploration and Development of Space Imagine new product s ba sed on space research, such as high-quality protein crystals to allow the design of new drugs for treating disease. Envision school children learning their lessons by telepresence instruction from the Moon. Im agine commerce flourishing in space, with solar power satellites, or a Martian power plant to permit a permanent colony. These images are part of the Human Exploration and Develop ment of Space (HEDS) Enterprise The mission of the enterprise is to open the space frontier by exploring, using and enabling the development of space and to expand the human experience into the far reaches of space. The enterprise is managed jointly by the Office of Space Flight and the Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications. Robotic science missions s urvey and characterize other bodies as (See Enterprise, Page 6)


Page 6 Enterprise (Continued from Page 5) precursors to eventual human missions. The Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) serve as research platforms, paving the way for sustained human presence in s pace through research on human adaptation These programs also provide opportunities for research with applications on Earth. Work performed under the HEDS enterprise serve s a s a catalyst for commercial space development using breakthrough te<;;hnologies to revolutionize human space flight. Joseph Rothenberg is the associate administrator for the Office of Space Flight. As associate administrator, Rothenberg is responsible for all NASA human space flight programs as well as a variety of expendable launch vehicle operations and tracking and communications functions. Formerly, Rothenberg was director of NASA s Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, Md Prior to that position he was associ a te directo r of flight projects for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) at Goddard from 1990 to 1994. In this position he directed the development a nd execution of the successful first servicing mission of the HST. Rothenberg joined Goddard in 1983 a s operations manager for the HST. In that position he led the NASA team r e spon s ible for developing and conducting orbital operations of the telescope. In April 1987, he was appointed chief of Goddard's SPACEPORT NEWS Mission Operations Division, and in September 1989, he was appointed deputy director of Mission Operations and Data Systems. He was later appointed associate director for flight projects f o r the HST in 1990. Space Science This enterprise seeks to achieve an under standing of the origins and evolution of the solar system and the universe, including connections between the sun and the Earth, the beginning s o f life and the que s tion of whether life exists elsewhere beyond Earth. The mission of the Space Science enterpri s e i s to solve the mysteries of the universe ; to explore the solar system; to discover planets around other stars; to search for life beyond Earth; and to chart the evolution of the universe and understand its galaxies stars planets and life. May 28,1999 The Space Science e nterpri s e i s managed by the Office of Space Sci e nce In November 1998 Edward Weiler was appointed as NASA 's associate administrator for Sp a ce Science. Weiler was appointed as science director of the Astronomical Search for Origins and Planetary Systems group in the Office of Space Science i n March 1996. Weiler joined NASA in 1 9 78 as a staff scientist. Prior to that Weiler w a s a member of the Princeton University research staff and was based at NASA s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt Md. a s the director of science operations of the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 3 (COPERNICUS) KSC will celebrate Take Our Sons to Work Day on June 8 Kennedy Space Center will celebrate Take Our Sons to Work Day on Tuesday June 8. On this day, KSC employees are invited to bring s ons or grandsons to work with them to share the work experience and encourage the boys to st a y in s chool study and set goals for their future. Sponsors may bring more than one child but only children nine years of age and older may particip ate. Children may not be taken to any work a rea requiring a controlled acce ss badg e Employees working in these areas may a rrange for another person to take the child to a n approved area Due to limited seating only NASA employees may participate in the following pro g r am: 7:30 8 a.m.-KSC Visitor Complex (gather in the IMAX II Theatre); 8-9:30a. m Special program for sons of NASA employees KSC Director Roy Bridges Jr. will open the program. Then Jim Banke, manager of Space Online for Florida Today newspaper will speak Following Banke, Ernestine Hendrix, Exploration St a tion Science Program will present a science demonstration followed by the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) national robotics competition presentation by James Fisher, science and math teacher at Cocoa Beach High School. All contractor and NASA sponsors and their sons may attend the second program at the Visitor Complex. KSC contractor employe es should contact their own companies publi c relations offices to determine the level of participation available to them Beginning at 9:30 a m there will be the FIRST and/or KSC robotics demonstrations, which will take place between the Galaxy Center and the pond by the Astronaut s M e mo rial. The KSC Visitor Complex Spaceman will also be available at this location as a photo opportunity In addition a special equipment display will be set up by SGS in the parking lot behind the Headquarters Building, and fingerprinting will take place in the Headquarters' lobby from 8:30 a .m. to noon Some of the equipment on display will b e a fire truck, an ambulance, a helicopter and a SCAPE van. A patrol unit, the special respon s e team and a K-9 unit will provide demon strations Gate 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAS) will be open to e mplo y ees bringing boy s to work with them and staff working on CCAS may participate The Air Force Space and Missile Museum at CCAS will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m to visitors Special Take Our Sons to Work Day badges will be distributed, and NASA e mployees may pick up their badges on June 3 4 and 7 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Headquarters Room 2331. Contractor employees should contact their own representatives to obtain badges. Children must wear their badges and be with a badged employee at all times whi l e on the center. The sponsor is responsible for the children they bring. Although a child is permit ted to go with another person to a different work site ultimate responsibility for the children remains with the sponsor. If you have questions regarding Take Our Sons to Work Day contact Jean Rhodes, 867 2307 or Liz Wise 867-8250.


I I b A {2 The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) ., (IJ was moved into the Space Station Processing Facility early in May to prepare it for launch on STS-99, scheduled for September. The SRTM is a radar system t hat will gather data to develop the most accurate topographic map of the Earth's surface ever assembled May 28, 1999 SPACEPORT NEWS Page? TERRIERS satellite out of power; recovery team to be formed The student-built TERRIERS satellite s eems to have run out of battery power according to Boston University team members, who have been unable to communicate with the s atellite since May 17. As of press time the spacecraft had been los i ng power since i t s launch because it has not been able to or i ent itself so that its solar panels fully face the Sun. The spacecraft was launched at 1:09 a.m. EDT Tuesday May 18, from Vandenberg Air Force Base Calif. aboard an Orbital Science Corp. Pegasus rocket. A recovery team of spacecraft engineers and other experts will be formed to develop a plan to hopefully return the satellite to operation. The team will be headed by the Universities Space Research A ss ociation (USRA) of Columbia, Md. which administer s the Student Explorer Demonstration Initiative for NASA. TERRIERS was selected under the initiative and built by students at Boston University. NASA will provide engineering support for the team. "We remain hopeful that the solar panel will slowly charge the spacecraft and that, in time the satellite will turn itself on," said Dan Cotton, principal investigator from Boston University "Current data indicate that the spacecraft is in the correct orbit and spinning appropriately about the right axis The project managers are reviewing the data for information on the status of the spacecraft and will continue attempting to contact the spacecraft and monitor its progress. Bridges inducted into engineering honor society KSC Director Roy Bridges was inducted into the Colorado Zeta chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, at the United States Air Force Acad e my on April 23. The Zeta chapter is the U.S Air Force Academy. An honor society is an association of primarily collegiate members and chapters whos e purpose is to encourage a nd recognize superior scholar s hip and/ or leader s hip achievement either in broad fields of education or in departmental fields at either under graduate or graduate levels Bridge s was inducted as an eminent engineer' for his lifetime achievements. As a United States Air Force Academy alumnus, Bridges was the keynote speaker for the banquet held April 24. The X-34 rolls out the door Participating in the April 30 rollout of the X-34 at Dryden Flight Research Center were KSC employees left to right, Jose Perez Ground Support EqUifJment/Facilities/ Propellants; Warren Wiley deputy director of Engineering Development/advanced programs manager; Barbara Naylor, environmental protection specialist; Mario Busacca, environmental protection lead; Steve Boyd differential GPS team member; Rick Sweet ground operations safety ; and John Tinsley, KSC X-34 project manager Not shown is Tom Palo with the 45th Space Wing Systems Safety organization. NASA unveiled its new reusable robotic rocket plane the X-34 at the Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., on April 30 opening up a new era of low-cost reusable space planes. The X-34 a single-engine rocket plane will fly itself using on board c omputer s The vehicle is about 58 feet long, 28 feet wide at wing tip and 11 feet tall fr o m the bottom of the fusel a ge to the top of the t a il. The X-34 will launch from an L-1 011 airliner and reach altitud e s of up to 250,000 feet, traveling up to eight times faster than the speed of sound. The X-34 has completed ground vibration tests ensuring there will be no potentially hazardous vibrations during flight. The X-34 will be mounted underneath an L-l 011 airliner and flown on captive-carry" flights. When flight s begin for the X-34 the demon s trator will be carried aloft and separate from the L-l 011 before igniting its rocket engine. Followin g the powered portion of the flight, the unpiloted X-34 will land horizontally initially on a dry lakebed and eventually on a runway.


Mid-May hail storms damaged the sprayed on foam insulation surface of the STS-96 external tank at Launch Pad 39B Though the hail damage posed no threat to the tank's structural integrity, managers were The hailstorm left nearly 700 divots in the outer foam. Evaluations revealed that repa i r work needed to be performed in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), delay ing the laun ch of STS-96 by one week. Platforms in the VAB provide workers with access to the tank not available at the pad The average diameter of the divots was about 0.5 inches and the largest d ivot measured about 2 inches in diameter. The depth of the dings ranged from 0.1 to 0 .3 4 inches deep. concerned about the likelihood of ice forming inside the divots whenthetankisloaded with super-cold propellants The ice could possibly impact the orbiter during ascent. Page 8 SPACEPORT NEWS May 28,1999 Hail tests the mettle of KSC workers In the early morning hours of May 20, Space Shuttle Discovery returned to Launch Pad 39B. As of press time, the launch of mission STS-96 the 94th launch in the Space Shuttle Program was scheduled for May 27 at 6:48a.m. EDT. Lighted by a Florid a sunrise on May 16 a crawler transporter moved the Space Shuttle D i scovery from KSC's Launch Pad 39B (background right) back to the VAB for repair of damage to the externa l tank foam insulation. This was only the 13th time since 1981 that a Shuttle has had to roll back from the pad. In the Vehicle Assembly Building United Space Alliance technician Don Pataky repairs one of the divots in the externa l tank's foam insulation The Shuttle Discovery was rolled back from Pad 39B to the Vehicle J Assemby Building for repairs because access to all of the damaged areas was ncit possible at the pad The work took about three days, allowing Discovery to roll back to the pad on May 20 John F. Kennedy Space Center Spaceport News Spaceport News is an official publication of the Kennedy Space Center and is published on alternate Fridays by the Public Affairs Off ice in the interest of KSC civil service and contractor emp loyees Contributions are welcome and shou l d be subm itt ed two weeks before publication to the Media Services Branch, AB-F1. E-mail subm issions can be sent to Susan.Maurer-1 Managing editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Buckingham Editor .............. . ...... ...... .. .............. Susan Maurer Editorial support provided by I nformation Dynamics Inc. Writers Group. NASA at KSC is on the Internet at http ://w USGPO: 733-112 /8 0032