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Jan. 11, 2013 Vol. 53, No. 1 John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News Inside this issue... Labs support Orion Page 6 Page 3 Orion recovery ops Page 8 Overcoming obstacles Page 9 E-motorcycle By Rebecca Regan Spaceport News See CCP Page 2 N ASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) and its industry partners have spent the last few years investing their time, money, efforts and reputations into shaping America's next-generation ties. "This program really in the game,'" said Phil McAlister, NASA Com opment director, during a televised status update Jan. 9 at Kennedy Space Center. NASA and company representatives participated in the update to discuss their accomplishments to date and lay out their plans for 2013 ward ensuring America has crew transportation systems mid-decade. "The agreements are paidfor-performance milestones, so our partners only get paid when they show demon strative progress toward developing their crew transportation systems," McAlister said. "This allows us to ensure that our partners taxpayer money." Agreements made with The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems and Space Explora tion Technologies (SpaceX) during NASA's Commercial (CCiCap) initiative are set milestones this year. Processing Facility-3, now called the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing manufacturing its CST-100 Space Florida to support the of the spacecraft. Incorpo NASA image


Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 11, 2013 Kennedy's future bright with full plate for 2013 uring the past year, Ken nedy Space Center made great strides in transitioning from a historically government-only an agency to rest on its laurels, even with 50 years of achievements. We have a great future ahead, including a full plate for 2013. Coming up later this month is the uled to lift off from Cape Canaveral year. The second launch from the West Coast, slated for this Spring, We also are moving ahead with plans for NASA's Commercial Crew sure integrated crew transportation systems will meet safety require ments to launch astronauts to the International Space Station. Kennedy will continue to support station. That will include two Com In August, Orion will undergo a series of recovery procedures trials 2014. Orion is designed to meet the needs of our nation's space program, space, including to asteroids and Mars. Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft to launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V continue to meet any challenges we face in 2013. Keep charging. ware, ground operations and landing/recovery plans are on tap for 2013. "Everything is focused and aggressively mature the design so that we can have review at the end of this phase," said John Mulhol land, Boeing's Commercial Programs Space Exploration vice president and program manager. "It will give us demonstration phase." United Launch Alliance, will focus on verifying that its dual-engine Centaur can perform as planned on the the launch vehicle adaptor etdyne also will complete additional propulsion testing on the CST-100's launch SNC is gearing up for its dropped for a full autono the aerodynamics and approach-and-landing phase that culminates in a hard surface runway landing and runway rollout. "The facility there has tests, including the shuttle gelo, Sierra Nevada Corp. vice president and SNC Space Systems chairman. The company currently is testing its Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) and reac tion control system, per forming landing gear tests its facility in California. test scheduled for late 2013 will prepare the company 2014. "We'll end this year with Commercial Crew project manager. "We're going to pad over at Cape Canav eral Air Force Station and get away from the Falcon 9 on the pad from zero altitude and zero airspeed if we were pad." structure to prove it's ready culminate their agreement launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and then safely splash down in the Atlantic Ocean. "Having strapped into a that I have personal and emotional reasons of why that is safer than anything an order of magnitude," said space shuttle astronaut and International Space Station The same three CCiCap partners were awarded Products Contracts (CPC), the initiative will allow cer for agency missions to the International Space Station. Blue Origin also announced its plans to continue its partnership with NASA in an unfunded capacity. The company previously received $22 million to ad ogies, a new Liquid Hyrogen and Liquid Oxygen engine and pusher escape system. partnership would allow the company to receive expert progress of its engine de spacecraft and integration As the companies set out called upon for crewed mis program is setting its sights on a second phase of certi announced in mid-2014. of these companies clearly shows that we have a very the United States," said Ed Mango, CCP manager. "The four companies here today From CCP Page 1 NASA


SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 Jan. 11, 2013 Test and Operations Support Contract awarded to Jacobs W ith the recent award of a new processing and launch operations contract, Kennedy Space Center is positioned for the next era of space exploration. the Test and Operations Support nology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn. The contractor will provide overall management and implementation of hardware processing and launch operations at Kennedy. With the award of this contract, Kennedy Space Center is positioned that will support multiple users, It is an exciting time, as we watch the infrastructure for the next era of International Space Station, Ground tions, Space Launch System, Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle and Launch Services programs. to commercial entities, NASA, including support to the agency's programs, and other government agencies. Services include launch vehicle, spacecraft and payload integration and processing; opera tions and development of associ ated processes and ground systems to support integration, processing and launch; servicing and testing at Kennedy. Kerr said a core team of 12 senior general manager, TOSC program manager, and former astronaut nedy on Jan. 2. Kennedy, Allen said. We are in ready to hit the ground running with a strong leadership team and They are off to a great start in less transition from the predecessor ready to start full contract perfor mance on March 1, Kerr said. sulting Inc., of Huntsville, Ala., and Aerodyne Industries LLC, of Oldsmar, Fla. The Source Evaluation Board procurement as we transitioned from Exploration Ground Launch said. after a two-month phase-in period The contract has a one-year, Sept. 30, 2022. Labs help Orion move toward milestones through cooperation U force and state-of-the-art facilities, Kennedy Space companies to ensure the future of U.S. space exploration stays on across the nation, to mere days. Exploration Flight Test-1, (EFT-1) American astronauts farther into Colocating contractors on-site provides the advantage of hav ing center personnel and facilities cooperative effort, the Orion team is achieving its scheduled mile of the spacecraft ahead of schedule. relationship, in essence having a a NASA facility, has allowed us in providing world-class services and facilities," said Scott Wilson, manager of production operations for the Orion Program, and the ture development for the Ground tions Program. In preparation for EFT-1, a num is ready for launch. Engineers and ferent areas at Kennedy are lending issues that arise during the on-site Upcoming milestones will include testing the structure of the crew module, powering up the installations for the crew module, and service modules together. "We are extremely proud of the exceptional effort the team has demonstrated in preparing the Ori on crew module for a recent critical pressurization test. This test was a The materials and processing di ties that provide unique solutions arise during spacecraft preparation. One example comes from the Space Shuttle Program. gration and Production. "The team space shuttle is now executing the that offered dimensional analysis of hardware, materials testing and evaluation, and chemical analysis; a prototype shop that provided rapid prototyping; and the Launch Equipment Test Facility that ex ecuted a pyrotechnics test on the tiles. In the end, the ultimate goal is the Earth's surface -more than 15 times farther than the International -and sending it farther than any human-rated spacecraft has gone since the Apollo program. Spaceport News Spaceport News NASA/Jim Grossmann


Preparations made for TDRS-K launch NASA/Ben Smegelsky NASA/Jim Grossmann Above: Below: NASA/Jim Grossmann NASA/Ben Smegelsky Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 11, 2013 Page 5 Jan. 11, 2013 SPACEPORT NEWS NASA/Charisse Nahser NASA/Ben Smegelsky CLICK ON PHOTO CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 6 Jan. 11, 2013 SPACEPORT NEWS New procedures developed for Orion recovery operations A ery operations of NASA's Orion the efforts used to recover its Apollo predecessor. However, many design and technological upgrades Kennedy and Johnson space centers. NASA is partnering with the U.S. Navy to de velop procedures to recover the Orion capsule and crew after splashdown. All of Orion's parts that the country come together in Kennedy's Operations and This complete on-site op craft, move it directly onto the launch vehicle and to the launch pad. Conducting these operations in one loca tion saves the government transportation costs associ prior to launch. The Orion spacecraft is designed to meet the evolv ing needs of our nation's space program for decades of up to four astronauts on missions to deep space, including to asteroids and, eventually, to Mars. Orion has already passed rigorous human-rating reviews and has met critical milestones for safe, successful human recovery test, scheduled place at the Naval Station major test is planned for January 2014 at Naval Base Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), in late 2014. "The overall testing ing and recovery opera tions manager for NASA's opment and Operations Program. Validations of Orion's re covery systems already have in the Trident Turn Basin at Port Canaveral," he said. collar." crew module was dropped from an aircraft, success fully verifying the para tory, U.S. Navy dive teams received training in the newly developed recovery procedures. ducting a two-day stationary recovery test to evaluate hardware and recovery processes in a controlled, calling the 'crawl phase.' In this test we'll utilize the Navy's USS Mesa Verde, a lower portion of the ship and has a large door on the opened to support the com ing and going of landing vehicles. Use of a Navy carrier, is one of the most recovery of Orion compared to the retrieval of the Mer cury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. "This is a new approach and is preferred due to the in the Orion capsule with will start at the point in the recovery operation in which the recovery divers, are ready to approach the capsule. conduct a hazard assess ment of the crew module to verify it is safe to approach without personal protection equipment. "The Navy dive teams are crucial to the recovery "After the crew module is attach a winch line from ship and start pulling it stern of the Navy ship." When the crew module is inside the stern gate, the winching operation is temporarily halted. The tending lines to Orion, and ship line handlers guide the spacecraft over the recovery "Before approaching the recovery cradle, the ship's stern gate is raised 45 degrees to calm the waters is then positioned over the drained to seat the space craft into the cradle." The second major test, scheduled for January 2014, is a four-day underway recovery test. then run phase' conducted at sea on the west coast near "Its purpose is to evaluate hardware and recovery pro cesses in progressively more challenging environments to Once EFT-1 is complete with splashdown off the California coast, the Navy pier in Long Beach, Calif., and the crew module towed will turn the crew module the Orion prime contrac operations. ego will ensure we're ready By Bob Granath Spaceport News NASA image


Page 7 Jan. 11, 2013 SPACEPORT NEWS Space trash: radiation shields of the future? esearchers at Kennedy Space Center are evaluating small tiles made of space trash to used for radiation shielding during a deep-space mission. The circular tiles were produced not incinerate it. After compaction, clothing scraps, duct tape and foil together in a single tile along with an amalgam of other materials left from a day of living in space. "One of the ways these discs tiles, and, if the plastic components are high enough, they could actually shield radiation. tion shielding include astronauts' sleeping quarters or perhaps a small trying to identify if the tiles -which on trash from shuttle missions -are free of micro-organisms or at least safe enough for astronauts to come into contact with daily. The compactor heats the trash The mechanism also squeezes a pound of material into the com pressed tile, a reduction of at least 10 times the original size. "Hopefully, we achieve steriliza said. "We're starting a series of tests with a certain process temperature and time. We just sent Ames six They'll compact it and send them achieving what we want, we'll go to long-range storage testing." The tiles are stored in an at mosphere identical to that of the International Space Station for the are also interested to see if the tiles will support the growth of fungi and other micro-organisms if left alone exposed to an environment spacecraft. "They are achieving sterilization explaining that test strips containing tiles to see if the heating and com Handling trash is an important consideration for NASA mission planners and astronauts for sev eral reasons. First, no one wants a expected to live in space for up to a Mars mission. Crews cannot simply jettison trash taminate -a planet or moon. NASA policy dictates avoiding the contami nation of other worlds. "We don't want to contaminate the surface of an asteroid or some Enterprise Advisory Services Inc. "If trash to it every day." from the International Space Station Another primary goal of the process is to remove water from the Water is one of the densest life sup port materials upon which astronauts depend. Because water is so dense, seen as essential to a successful mis "The mindset is, with limited resources, whatever you can use, recover all of that you can." By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News NASA/Steven Siceloff NASA/Steven Siceloff


Page 8 Jan. 11, 2013 SPACEPORT NEWS NASA overcomes landing obstacles with new technology A utonomous is nearly a household word. We hear craft? -technology to autono mously land a spacecraft on the moon, Mars or even an asteroid, called the Au tonomous Landing Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT). ALHAT gives a land slopes and land safely and precisely on a surface. The Space Center and supported ratory (JPL) and Langley To ensure its design instrumentation was in stalled on a NASA Huey starting at Langley and Center. Helicopter tests allow researchers to test the functionality of ALHAT as an integrated system in a In other words, ALHAT will provide the pilots guidance, navigation and control software, which land precisely and safely. "The integrated system just as we had hoped," sys tems engineer Kevin Kemp ton said. "The data sets that far the most realistic data we have ever gotten from the ALHAT system." that will demonstrate autonomous landing on an imitated lunar surface. dy to perform similar tests ALHAT deputy project said. "This allows us the for mapping out terrain in and identifying safe sites." "We would never have gotten there without all the exceptional help received over the last several The help Kempton is NASA centers that joined Wallops Flight Facility, Johnson, JPL, Langley and Kennedy. Each played an inte gral role. JPL, Johnson, and Langley provided the instruments for the test. Ames, Wallops, and Ken nedy provided the pilots. for the integration and airworthiness of the in struments on the aircraft. to Kennedy where a test the Shuttle Landing Facil ity. Kennedy provided over forts, many NASA missions science mission directorate and Mars missions are very these products . and are actually planning to incor porate those in future mis ALHAT is not only to NASA. U.S. military and automo ertson said. He explained that there is long-term plied to helicopters. When helicopters land, the landing site, putting lives of our servicemen at ALHAT may allow pilots avoiding hazardous landing sites and in so doing so, save lives. Courtesy of Langley Research Center "The folks engaged in the science mission directorate and Mars missions are very interested in a number of these products . and are actually planning to incorporate those in future missions that they're looking at right now." NASA's Autonomous Landing Hazard Avoidance Technology Deputy Project Manager, Edward Robertson CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis


ways to set up an electric motorcycle. It depends on how far one may need to travel, what speed one wants to go, and how often one can charge, among other, smaller factors. 400 pounds, can go up to miles on a single charge E-motorcycle conversion saves worker gas money E ver wish you could a few pennies? 581) at Kennedy Space technician, grew tired of the cost of gasoline and into a fully electric mo torcycle, which he named motorcycles and thought an electric motorcycle would system. The only major cle, NASA Transportation I applaud him for his spirit in wanting to reduce petro leum and save money on energy as well as challeng a project. Green initiatives are as important to the center as they are to employees. speed electric vehicles on the center and at the visitor complex. We have driven electric vehicle conversions on were a Smart Car and a PT Cruiser and from time to time we have had additional (electric vehicles) such as a Mini Cooper, Chesson said. NASA Transporta tion has demonstrated al most every electric vehicle, low-speed and high-speed, drogen Fuel Cell vehicles which are electric vehicles which use hydrogen as its energy source instead of smart charger came with are two ports that plug into 110-volt outlet. When the to charge them. Once the charge is complete, the charger turns off automati cally. has a degree in electrical engineering or, at the very with electronics and I pre a great way to learn. By Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Spaceport News depending on conditions. cents and 24 cents a mile to drive his gas-powered car on the highway. he also welcomed the zero emissions from an electric motorcycle. said. Kennedy is scheduled to receive some electric ve hicles as replacement GSA lease vehicles that include a mix of GM Volts, Ford Ford Focuses. We continue to strive that will allow charging for center as well as for our guests that come to the visi tor complex, Chesson said. who want to ride or drive to can plug in EVs (electric will inspire other people to wheelies. CLICK ON PHOTO Page 9 Jan. 11, 2013 SPACEPORT NEWS

PAGE 9 Spaceport News NASA Spinoffs: Did you know? NASA NASA Employees of the Month: January Looking up and ahead . All times are Eastern 2013 Jan. 29 Mission: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K) Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41 Launch Window: 8:52 to 9:32 p.m. Description: The TDRS-K spacecraft is part of the next-generation series in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, a constellation of space-based communication satellites providing tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services. January Under Review Mission: Orbital Sciences Corporation Test Flight Launch Vehicle: Antares Launch Site: Wallops Flight Facility, Va. Launch Pad: 0A Description: The Antares is scheduled for a test ight under NASAs Commercial Orbital Transportation Services agreement with the company. Feb. 11 Mission: The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401 Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Launch Window: 10:04 to 10:48 a.m. PST Description: LDCM is the future of Landsat satellites. It will continue to obtain valuable data and imagery to be used in agriculture, education, business, science and government. Feb. 12 Launch Vehicle: ISS Progress 50 Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Description: Progress 50 will carry supplies, hardware, fuel and water to the International Space Station. March 1 Mission: SpaceX-2 Commercial Resupply Services ight Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 40 Description: SpaceX-2 will be the second commercial resupply mission to the Interna tional Space Station by SpaceX. To watch a NASA launch online, go to http:// Air Force Major earns 2012 McCartney Award Page 10 Jan. 11, 2013 SPACEPORT NEWS