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In the latest example of NASA Kennedy Space Centers transformation into a multiuser spaceport, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) of Louisville, Colo., announced Jan. 23 steps it will take to prepare for of its Dream Chaser spacecraft from Floridas Space Coast. The announcement included the purchase of an Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance (ULA) for the launch, heed Martin Space Systems, centers former Shuttle Land are considered substantial for SNC and important to plans by NASA and Space Florida for Kennedys new availability to ment customers. Todays announcement is the latest major milestone in the transformation of the Kennedy Space Center into a 21st century launch complex, Administrator Charles Bolden. I salute Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana for his TDRS-L lights up the night on its way to orbit of EarthThe United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying NASAs Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, or TDRS-L, to Earth orbit. Liftoff was at 9:33 p.m. EST. Story, Page 3.NASA/Tony Gray-Sandy JosephSpace Coast for the future, and applaud Sierra Nevada Corpo ration on their decision to carry SNC said it plans to work with ULA to launch the com spacecraft into orbit from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. a launch date for our countrys return to orbital human space president and head of SNCs Space Systems. We could not have done this without the the best aerospace companies in the industry, and several major universities, which all hail these passionate people will return our astronauts to space on American spacecraft and rockets launched from AmeriThe Dream Chaser spacecraft and science in low-Earth orbit. SNC said it intends to complete To SNC Page 2 By Steven Siceloff Spaceport NewsSierra Nevada Corp. to process, launch, land at Kennedy


Page 2 Dream Chaser missions with a at the SLF. Space Florida, which will operate the SLF in terms and conditions for the runways use with SNC. We are pleased to see investment into KSC facilities ida President Frank DiBello. It is clear that the future of com we couldnt be happier to work with companies like Sierra Nevada to realize their FloridaThe company said it plans to prepare the Dream Chaser the work. The facility also is used for the development, as ration vehicle. enhance Dream Chasers future said James H. Crocker, vice Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, The result will the Dream Chaser spacecraft SNC also plans to lease of located just outside Kennedys our efforts, and I consider this a a company that expects to be a major force in the future of Cabana, Kennedy center direc tor. Sierra Nevada Corporation facilities the same dynamic and professional people who have made successful missions from Cabana said SNCs involvement with the Florida spaceport shows the conversion to a 21st century spaceport is succeed to keep the transformation on pace. We are honored that Sierra Nevada Corporation has reserved a proven Atlas Gass, United Launch Alliance decade of operational service, the commercially developed to provide launch services for the Crew Transportation System. Because Atlas is already nations most complex explora tion missions, ULA is able to system and subsystem analysis, documentation to support the The Dream Chaser space craft is deep into development support equipment to what to include in a mission operations center. sey, former NASA astronaut and SNCs senior director and of Discovery which was processed, launched, and on March 148 million space miles. Mark, the entire SNC Dream Chaser team, and I look forward to see during a news conference at Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 23. Participants are, from left, Michael Curie, NASA spokesman; Bob Cabana, director of Kennedy; Michael Gass, president and CEO of United Launch Alliance (ULA); Frank DiBello, president and CEO of Space Florida; Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of SNC Space Systems; Larry Price, Lockheed Martin Space Systems deputy program manager for NASAs Orion spacecraft; and Steve Lindsey, Dream Chaser program manager for SNC Space Systems. More online For more information about Sierra Nevada Corporations Dream Chaser, visit: For more information about Kennedy, visit: From SNC Page 1


Page 3 TDRS-L safely in geosynchronous orbit N EST on Jan. 23 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canav eral Air Force Station in Florida. Ground controllers report the satellite rate communications to the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope, launch vehicles and a host of other space three-month checkout by its manufacturer, into service. provide a vital service to Americas space module, in September. This test will see established in 1973, is to provide followon and replacement spacecraft to support NASAs space communications network. launched in 2013. This launch ensures continuity of services for the many missions that rely Greenbelt, Md. the space shuttle era with the launch of Florida on Dec. 6. series, is on track to be ready for launch NASAs Space Communications and Launch Alliance provided the Atlas V rocket launch service.By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News More online For more information about TDRS, visit: To learn more about the many ways to connect and collaborate with NASA, visit: Herschel telescope detects water on dwarf planetS schel space observatory detection of water vapor on the the asteroid belt -Ceres. Plumes of water vapor are from Ceres when portions of its an asteroid and smaller than a planet. Herschel is a European Space important NASA contributions. vapor has been unequivocally detected on Ceres or any other object in the asteroid belt and provides proof that Ceres has an said Michael Kppers of ESA in Spain, lead author of a paper in the journal Nature. The results come at the mission, which is on its way scheduled to arrive at Ceres will take the closest look ever at its surface. at NASAs Jet Propulsion Labo ratory in Pasadena, Calif., said, the way to Ceres, so we dont Dwarf planet Ceres is in the main asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, as illustrated in this artists conception. For more, click on the photo.NASA News ReportESA/ATG medialab


Page 4 Page 5 Commercial Crew partners keep 2013 momentum going in 2014Several companies, working closely with NASA, ended 2013 with an impressive string of achievements to build on in 2014 as the American aerospace industry continues to develop and demonstrate com the potential to support both commercial and government customers. The year will be pivotal for NASAs Commercial Crew Program (CCP) as the agency looks to announce one or more awards by August for Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) con tracts that will lead to operational crewed NASA intends to use new commercial sys station within the next three years. NASAs industry partners are pursuing ambitious milestones this year as CCP moves forward. The partners are Blue Origin, Boeing Space Exploration, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). Our partners have steadily moved pieces from the drawing boards and test stands across the country, said Kathy Lueders, acting manager of CCP. The new year offers exciting opportunities for these companies to demonstrate the reach and potential of their hard-earned innovations. assembly of a subscale propellant tank and conduct a review of the space vehicles subsystems design. With the completion of a detailed design review in 2013, Boeing continued to de velop its spacecraft, the CST-100, con propulsion system was ready to move into the next phases: production and integration with the CST-100 spacecraft. Boeings goal is to develop a safe and reliable commercial space transporta tion system and these reviews are vital to meet that goal, said Gennaro Caliendo, They help ensure that the spacecraft and its myriad systems will work together to accomplish challenging missions, which require the utmost attention to detail. NASA worked with a team of engineers and designers from SNC in 2013 to review plans for its Dream Chaser Space System. The roadmap to understanding how safe and reliable a crew transportation system is takes a lot of details and dedication from all parties involved, said Cheryl McPhil for SNC. When building a system that is to be trusted enough to carry humans into space, the most important part is building in safety from the start. SNC has made to date. SNC plans to build on that progress in 2014 with wind tunnel tests and further advancement of its innovative main propul sion and reaction control systems, and a launch on an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket gave NASA engineers an opportunity to following the Sept. 28 liftoff and ascent of the Falcon 9 v1.1 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. SpaceX antici pates using the upgraded rocket to launch humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit. With the upgrade from version 1.0 to a 1.1, SpaceX introduced a number of new systems including new engines, new soft ware and new avionics, said Derek Manager working with SpaceX. The overall conclusion is that SpaceX is on the right track. The goal really isnt to judge their design, but to see how they cope with anomalies, see how they track their pro cesses and control their hazards, and how theyre able to deal with the unexpected. The 2014 calendar for SpaceX includes increasingly detailed reviews of the com panys integrated systems and progress on its ground systems. SpaceX will conduct abort systems, powered by two SuperDraco thrusters that will push the Dragon into the sky instead of pulling the spacecraft up as previous launch abort systems have done. Milestones achieved by CCPs partners are continuing to push commercial space craft and transportation system designs closer to reality. The successes of NASA and American aerospace companies are ushering in a new generation of space transportation capabilities, which will en able new opportunities for humans to live and work in space.Blue Origin Boeing Sierra Nevada Corporation SpaceX SpaceX tests Dragon parachute system By Steven Siceloff Spaceport NewsEngineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the parachute system on the companys Dragon spacecraft would function in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent. The test was part of an optional milestone Capability (CCiCap) initiative and approved by the agency in August. Through the Commercial Crew Program, SpaceX is one of NASAs commercial partners working to develop a new gen transporting humans to and from low-Earth orbit from American soil. NASA intends to use such The 12,000-pound test craft was lifted 8,000 feet above sea level by an Erickson Sky Crane Following Dragons release, two drogue para chutes were released from the top of the space craft to slow its decent, before the three main parachutes deployed. The craft splashed down and was quickly recovered by the Sky Crane and carried back to shore. The parachute test is essential for the com mercial crew effort because it helps us better understand how SpaceXs system performs as it safely returns crew, said Jon Cowart, NASA with SpaceX. Like all of our partners, SpaceX continues to provide innovative solutions based on NASAs lessons learned that could make During a normal spacecraft landing, the parachutes will be aided by the Dragons SuperDraco thrusters to provide a soft controlled landing. This redundancy on both the parachutes and thrusters is designed to ensure safe landings for crews. SpaceX is working diligently to make the Dragon spacecraft the safest vehicle ever SpaceX. The parachute system is an integral part of Dragons ability to provide a safe landing for nominal and abort conditions -with this successful test we are well-positioned to execute a full end-to-end test of the launch escape sys tem later this year. The parachute test puts SpaceX a step closer to launch abort system tests. The company currently is manufacturing the spacecraft and SpaceX is on track to complete all 15 of its CCiCap milestones in 2014. All of NASAs industry partners, including SpaceX, continue to meet their established milestones in developing commercial crew transportation capabilities. By Stephanie Martin Spaceport News


Page 6 Hennessey Venom rockets down runway A major name in automotive of his exotic vehicles to the nedy Space Center recently to evaluate its aerodynamics and to see how the car would handle You can have the smartest on a runway, you dont know said John Hennessey, founder of Hennessey Performance and maker of the Hennessey Venom tion sports car. For taxpayers and consumers of exotic vehicles or everyday pays off in numerous ways. cars, whether it be increased fuel Johnny Bohmer, owner of Per Palm Beach. Performance Pow in 2011 to perform aerodynamic and other research evaluations at the centers runway. He col laborates with companies like Hennessey to accomplish the and all that stuff is information passed on to other people and is one of only about a half dozen places in the world that has the kind of room and infrastructure to make test runs safely. teams also have tested their vehicles at the SLF recently. Built for the demands of the space shuttle, the runway is one extremely wide. Its also con crete, so theres no salt or sand to kick up into the cars as there is at other locations that often are ancient lakebeds or other natural surfaces. From a safety perspective, you have a lot more room to Hennessey said. You feel like this is really the safest place for The rules for the runways use that can be used for research and development, said David Cox, Kennedys Partnership and development aspect to the test runs in order to justify the use of a unique, taxpayer-funded facility, he said. When Performance Power asked if they could do some test GT, they said they needed to ic and suspension performance and that really helps show that theres no safety concerns which could lead to a potential recall, which can be very expensive to so thats really what we ap Adjustments tend to be min ute and based on feedback from driver and team cant see on their own. Bohmer said. He has to do this because its pretty much manda tory if youre a manufacturer that you know all the param By Steven Siceloff Spaceport NewsMechanics, engineers and driver Brian Smith, in jumpsuit, ready a Hennessey Venom GT for test runs on the 3.5-mile long runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility on Jan. 10.


Page 7 Greenhouse gas emission program thrivesE Kennedy Space Center show that coordinator. The numbers are 10 times better than actual numbers. Its always been estimates The results are more than academic percent reduction by 2020. The executive Even with electric cars, the reduction is electric car itself produces no emissions, the power plant that made the electricity Calculations made from that informa the amount of emissions from the daily commute. only cost $148, and we eliminated over over 60,000 pounds and thats just with 10 alter the amount of emissions from daily and not very expensive. If you just put some infrastructure in to reduce carbon dioxide and you wont said.By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News Participants in Kennedys greenhouse gas emission reduction program charge their vehicles at designated program power outlets across the center. This program is part of a wide array of NASA initiatives designed to maximize sustainable operations and reduce the agencys footprint on Earth. The greenhouse gas emission reduction program coincides with a federal order for all agencies to reduce emissions by 12.3 percent by 2020. Above is an emissions reduction program outlet.


Page 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Hummel Looking up and ahead . .* All times are Eastern Feb. 5 Mission: Progress 54 Launch Vehicle: Russian Soyuz Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Launch Time: TBD Description: Progress 54 will deliver cargo and crew supplies to the International Space Station. Feb. 22 Mission: SpaceX-3 Commercial Resupply Services ight Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 40 Launch Time: TBD Description: SpaceX-3 will be the third commercial resupply mission to the ISS by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). Feb. 27 Mission: Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory Launch Vehicle: H-IIA Launch Site: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center, Tanegashima Island, Japan Launch Time: 1:07 to 3:07 p.m. Description: GPM is an international satellite mission led by NASA and JAXA to provide next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide. March 25 Mission: Expedition 39 Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 38 Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Launch Time: TBD Description: Soyuz 38 will carry Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, both Expedition 39/40 ight engineers, and NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Expedition 39 ight engineer and Expedition 40 commander, to the International Space Station. April 28 Mission: Progress 55 Launch Vehicle: Russian Soyuz Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Launch Time: TBD Description: Progress 55 will deliver cargo and crew supplies to the International Space Station. May 1 Mission: Orbital 2 Commercial Resupply Services ight Launch Vehicle: Antares Launch Site: Wallops Flight Facility Launch Pad: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A Launch Time: TBD Description: Orbital 2 will deliver cargo and crew supplies to the International Space Station. May 28 Mission: Expedition 40 Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 39 Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Launch Time: TBD Description: Soyuz 39 will carry Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev, Expedition 40 ight engineer and Expedition 41 commander, along with NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, both Expedition 40/41 ight engineers, to the International Space Station.To watch a NASA launch online, go to Around Kennedy NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot, right, discusses current and future initia tives for the agency and Kennedy Space Center, during an all-hands meeting Jan. 14 with Kennedy employees in the KSC Training Auditorium. Looking on are Center Director Bob Cabana and Langley Research Center Director Lesa Roe. Sherrita Crummell, a member of the Port St. Lucie gospel group ChoZion (pronounced chosen), sings and plays keyboard during the Black Employee Strategy Team (BEST) Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in the KSC Training Auditorium on Jan. 23. Rev. Glenn Dames from St. James A.M.E. Church in Titusville was the guest speaker. NASA/Tony Gray