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Contracts next step in crewed ISS missions 2012 reshaped vision for space I n 2012, Kennedy Space Center celebrated its 50th year and contin ued transitioning from a historically governmentonly launch facility to an affordable and sustainable multiuser spaceport of the future. Kennedy teams were involved in launching four missions this year: two on expendable launch vehicles to the International Space Station. The center also pre pared and then transported three space shuttles to their lished strategic partnerships and began the refurbish ment of existing infrastruc ture for future uses. The Launch Services Program (LSP) launched June 13. The Nuclear Spec troscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) began its twoyear mission aboard an Or bital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket launched from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Mar shall Islands. Now operating in a low-Earth equatorial orbit, NuSTAR is studying high-energy X-ray light to reveal black holes lurking in our Milky Way galaxy and those hidden in the hearts of faraway galaxies. On Aug. 30, the Ra diation Belt Storm Probes mission began with a thun dering early morning liftoff aboard a United Launch Al liance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Now called the Van Allen Probes, the two identical spacecraft loaded are following each other through two extreme and dynamic regions of space that surround Earth. The pair now is providing un precedented details about the Van Allen region, which can affect Earths communi cations systems and electric power grids. Kennedy LSP workers also marched toward three launches planned for 2013, one from Florida and two from Californias Vanden berg Air Force Base. Work to open a new frontier in space and to in vest in the American com mercial aerospace industry also began to pay off this year. The Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon capsule became the to berth to the International Space Station on May 25 after launching three days earlier atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canav eral Air Force Station. As the companys second dem onstration mission for the Commercial Orbital Trans portation Services program, for regularly transporting critical cargo and research to and from the station. A few months later, SpaceX transitioned to the Commercial Resupply Ser vices phase, launching its ply missions to the station. Lifting off on Oct. 7, the Dragon spacecraft em barked on a journey to de liver about 1,000 pounds of By Rebecca Regan Spaceport News By Rebecca Regan Spaceport News N ASA announced Dec. 10 the next step in its plan to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil, selecting three companies to conduct activities under contracts that will enable future spacecraft as safe to carry humans to the International Space Station. Advances made by these American companies dur products contracts (CPC), will begin the process of ensuring integrated crew transportation systems will meet agency safety require ments and standards to launch American astronauts to the International Space Station from the United States, ending the agencys See 2012 Page 2 In this time-lapse image, the lights of Orbital Sciences' L-1011 "Stargazer" streak across the night sky as the aircraft takes off from the runway at Kwajalein Atoll with the company's Pegasus rocket to launch NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array on June 13. CLICK ON PHOTO CLICK ON PHOTO NASA SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule lift off Oct. 7 from Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program recently completed an important System Requirements milestone in planning for future operations at Kennedy Space Center. See Page 4 for details . Kennedy Infrastructure Reviewed NASA See CPC Page 3


Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Dec. 14, 2012 supplies to the orbiting laboratory. It also carried with it critical ma terials to support about 170 inves tigations, some of which stemmed from Kennedys Engineering and Technology Directorate and the International Space Station Ground Processing and Research Director ate. provide a glimpse of what com mercial crew services to low-Earth orbit might look like in the future. Working with seven commercial partners during the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 phase, NASAs Commercial Crew Pro gram (CCP) continued to move promising spacecraft and launch vehicles concepts forward. The program then signed new agreements in August with three companies for the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initia tive. Until mid-2014, CCP will work with SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and The Boeing Company as they complete their integrated spacecraft and launch vehicle designs, test their hardware, and showcase how they would operate and manage missions from launch through orbit and landing. efforts for crewed missions to the Products Contracts will allow NASA and industry to iron out how systems in development could meet all of the agencys safety and per formance requirements. By investing in American-led commercial space transportation systems for low-Earth orbit mis sions, NASA can focus on explor ing farther than ever before with its own rocket and spacecraft. Orion spacecraft arrived at Kenne dy on June 28. It now is being pro Operations and Checkout Building sion of Orion, called Exploration Flight Test-1, is targeted to launch atop a Delta IV rocket in 2014. NASA also is designing a heavy-lift rocket called the Space Launch Sys tem that will launch future Orion spacecraft and astronauts farther into space than ever before from Kennedy. To position the center as a pre mier launch site for both govern missions, the Ground Systems De velopment and Operations Program is developing multipurpose ground systems and upgrading infrastruc ture and facilities. This year, the program re moved hundreds of miles of cables replacing it with state-of-the-art command, control and communi cation systems in the Vehicle As sembly Building (VAB) and at pad 39B. Workers also removed space shuttle-era work platforms from the ible concept and began to upgrade a legacy crawler-transporter to sup port the SLS. While preparing for the fu ture, Kennedy workers closed out a historical chapter in human processed space shuttles Discov ery, Endeavour and Atlantis for their new missions to educate and inspire Americas next generation of explorers at display sites across the country. They also preserved unique shuttle-era hardware that NASA could call on for the future, such as the space shuttle main en gines set to be repurposed for use on the SLS. to depart Kennedy when it took off atop the agencys Shuttle Car rier Aircraft (SCA) on April 17. Dulles International Airport in Virginia took about four hours. The was transported to its new home at the Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum Steven F. UdvarHazy Center in Chantilly, Va. On Sept. 21, Endeavour made a three-day cross-country trek to NASAs Michoud Assembly Fa cility near New Orleans, Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, several points around Houston and numer ous California landmarks. The agencys youngest shuttle then was honored with a two-day, 12-mile parade as it traveled to the Califor nia Science Center. grand sendoff as it moved Atlan tis from the VAB to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Nov. 2. Shuttle-era astronauts and members of the workforce who readied the shuttles for 30 years cheered as Atlantis made a Kennedys Launch Complex 39, Industrial Area and Exploration welcomed Atlantis to its new home, which is set to open to the public next summer. Celebrating the many accom plishments of Kennedy and its workforce was a recurring theme throughout the year. In February, NASA commemorated the 50-year anniversary of the Mercury-Atlas 6 at sending an American into orbit. The center then celebrated its own decades of launching humans and machines into space. In September, Kennedy hosted light employee innovations and spur collaboration for future center and agency endeavors. Many organizations across Kennedy collaborated to host a record-turnout year for its highenergy Lunabotics Mining Com petition. Thirty-eight U.S. and 17 international college and university teams spent months designing and building their versions of remotecontrolled or autonomous excava tors, called lunabots, before head ing to Kennedy to test them out in regolith simulant. Another lunar terrain-focused project met with success in 2012. NASAs Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction (RESOLVE) payload was installed on the Cana dian Space Agency rover, dubbed Artemis Jr., at Kennedy. The duo and a team of center engineers then traveled to Hilo, Hawaii, where the terrain is similar to the moons to test how their tools and equipment would drill for resources. Partnering with commercial customers has been a key focus of the Center Planning and Develop less program-centric and more capability-centric. As the United States embarks government and commercial part nerships, Kennedy will continue to build off its rich history of launch ing humans and machines farther than imagined and remain the na tions premier launch complex for decades to come. nia on Sept. 21, and Atlantis, right, to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Nov. 2. NASA images From 2012 Page 1 CLICK ON PHOTOS


SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 Dec. 14, 2012 Boeing's CST-100 SNC's Dream Chaser SpaceX's Dragon NASA's Commercial Crew Program Partners reliance on Russia for these transportation ser vices. a separately competed contract. CPC contractors are The Boeing Company of Houston for $9.9 million; Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) of Louisville, Colo., for $10 million; and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., for $9.5 million. These contracts represent important progress United States, said Phil McAlister, director of sion at NASA Headquarters. NASA and its industry partners are com mitted to the goal of safely and cost-effectively launching astronauts from home within the next During the Phase 1 CPC contracts, from Jan. 22, 2013, through May 30, 2014, the companies will work with the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) to discuss and develop products to imple requirements. This includes implementation across all aspects of the space system, including the spacecraft, launch vehicle, and ground and mission operations. developed to achieve safe, crewed missions to the space station. This includes data that will result in From CPC Page 1 developing engineering standards, tests and analyses of the crew transportation systems design. I congratulate the three companies for their selection, said Ed Mango, CCP manager at Ken space system designs within NASAs safety and International Space Station. expected to begin in mid-2014, will involve a full station. Foam's future forming in space and industry By Linda Herridge Spaceport News M aterials designed with specialized thermal proper ties have been integral com ponents of NASAs space shuttles and other launch vehicles for many years. Now, two thermal insula tion systems developed by scientists at Kennedy Space Center may have applica tion for future exploration programs, as well as the commercial world. The thermal insulation system known as layered composite insulation (LCI) and the foam-aerogel com posite material, known as AeroFoam, were assigned U.S. Patent numbers in 2005 and 2010 respectively. Just recently, exclusive research licenses for these technolo gies were granted to Flexure LLC. Cody Bateman, the chief said there are numerous applications and industry crossovers, particularly in transportation and construc from these technologies. Flexure has a strong working relationship with NASA at Kennedy and God dard Space Flight Center, Bateman said. Since we specialize in cryogenics en gineering, we are exposed to many of the best technolo gies in the world and un derstand applications where they can best be used. Jeff Kohler is the busi ness manager for QinetiQ North America and supports Kennedys Technology exclusive research license is a short-term license that allows a company to look at technologies and determine how they want to develop them. A short-term exclu sive research license helps protect their investment by granting them exclusive rights to the intellectual property associated with the invention, Kohler said. LCI was developed by senior principal investigator James Fesmire and senior principal scientist Dr. Stan Augustynowicz, co-found ers of the Cryogenics Test Laboratory (CTL), with the idea for it dating back to 1998. The LCI system is the world record holder for the lowest thermal conductiv ity insulation system in a soft vacuum environment, Fesmire said. It is made into blanket forms like multilayer insulation, but includes a third element of a high surface area material such as aerogel powder. The AeroFoam tech nology, with origins back to 2002, was developed jointly by Fesmire, Trent Smith, who is now strategic communications manager for the Commercial Crew Program, lead polymer sci entist Dr. Martha Williams in the Polymers Science and Technology Labora tory, lead engineer Jared Sass at Kennedys CTL, and Dr. Eric Weiser, who was a senior materials engineer in the Research Directorate at Langley Research Center. The foams and aerogels can be in different forms and be put together in many different ways, Fesmire said. It is currently made in molded forms using heatoven equipment. Fesmire said both tech nologies could be tailored for a wide range of differ ent applications, including cryogenic piping and tanks, building construction, super conducting power cables, hydrogen cars and space exploration habitats. The number of applica tions in industry is almost limitless, Bateman said. Bateman added that amount of research required to commercialize these mercial use is scheduled for 2013, as several corpora interest. The thermal insulation system called AeroFoam was developed at the Cryogenics Testbed Laboratory. NASA/James Fesmire CLICK ON PHOTOS CLICK ON PHOTO


T he Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program recently com pleted an important System Requirements Review/ (SRR/SDR) as part of plan ning for future operations at Kennedy Space Center. The reviews help establish the groundwork needed to launch the Orion spacecraft atop the Space Launch Sys tem (SLS) rocket beginning in 2017. The SRR/SDR began July 11 with a kickoff meeting in which GSDO presented a summary of its program planning, require ments, architecture and operations documentation required for the milestone. The goal was to determine the centers infrastructure needs for future programs and establish work plans for the preliminary design phase. This GSDO team has done superb work in achiev ing this important mile stone, said Pepper Phillips, GSDO Program manager. This thorough review has validated that our baseline architecture is sound and aligns with the agencys ex ploration objectives. GSDO is determining what systems and facilities will be required to support launching SLS with Orion atop it from Kennedy. Orion is NASAs multi-purpose crew vehicle that will pro vide a new capability for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit. SLS is a powerful new rocket in development that will take astronauts farther into space than ever before. Our mission is to en sure we can process and launch the next genera tion of launch vehicles and spacecraft, said Tammy Annis, SRR/SDR lead in GSDO. To meet this goal we need to develop the ground systems, infra structure and operational approaches to sustain that mission. The 37-member board reviewed reports on products such as Kennedys future infrastructure needs, including estimates on cost, schedule and technical data. The teams have devel oped 42 products of which 16 were reviewed during the SRR/SDR process, said Greg Horvath, division chief in GSDO Program Integra tion. These reports included studies by teams that fo cused on program-level integration, vehicle integra tion and functional program requirements, he said. The review board in cludes representatives from NASA Headquarters, the SLS and Orion Programs, mission operations, the as intuitional organizations. GSDO teams specialize in multiple areas of develop ment and operations at the center. The current focus is on establishing program requirements, architectures and operations planning. The Vehicle Integration and Launch team researches the equipment, management and operations required to safely attach a spacecraft to a rocket, move the launch vehicle to the pad and suc cessfully send it into space. ing and Integration Team is developing ways to process the Orion spacecraft, rocket stages and the launch abort system before they are as sembled into one vehicle. Another group is mod ernizing the Command, Control, Communications and Range Systems involved in launching astronauts into space. In addition to bring ing computers, tracking systems and other networks up to date, the team is creat ing systems that can manage several different kinds of spacecraft and rockets. Unlike previous work focusing on a single kind of launch vehicle, such as the Saturn V rocket or space shuttle, engineers and man agers in GSDO are prepar ing infrastructure to support several different kinds of spacecraft and rockets that are in development. Our focus on this review is the ground infra structure of Orion and SLS, Horvath said. However, we are continuing to evaluate strategic investment op portunities that will enable us to best align the unique capabilities of the Kennedy Space Center with commer cial space pursuits as those plans mature. Horvath explained that it is important for the GSDO, SLS and Orion Programs to work closely together so that they all get to the planned Were focusing on building ground systems vehicles, he said. Orions systems are reasonably ma ture, with hardware already By Bob Granath Spaceport News Reviews establish future infrastructure needs Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Dec. 14, 2012 here at Kennedy. The SLS design is less mature at this stage, so we have to con tinue discussions with the people in Flight Systems as we design the integration fa cilities and mobile launcher umbilical connecting points between ground systems and the rocket. Tim Honeycutt, the Technical Management branch chief in GSDO Pro gram Integration, says that he is pleased with progress so far. Weve determined what the issues are and were developing a good strategy to mitigate them, he said. It positions us well as we move forward. The next step, the Pre liminary Design Review, begins in November 2013. That review will allow us to evaluate preliminary designs of new systems here at Kennedy and better estab lish where we need to make existing systems, Honeycutt said. The mobile launcher stands at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B during structural and functional engineering tests Nov. 28. The mobile launcher is being modi CLICK ON PHOTO


SPACEPORT NEWS Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center The Kennedy Space Center Running Club took part in the 17th Annual Reindeer Run on Dec. 1 at Cherie Down Park in Cape Canaveral. From left are Troy Cochran, Nathan Wood, Daisy Mueller, Laura Midulla, Shaun Daly, Catherine Daly, Ru out outreach items, including decals, newsletters and information related to innovation at NASA. The club was created to encourage walking, jogging and running, with a focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly participates in a NASA/Roscosmos press conference Dec. 5 at Johnson Space Center, preview ing his upcoming yearlong International Space Station expedition with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko (not pictured). At Kelly's right is Johnson Space Center Public Affairs moderator Josh Byerly. Kennedy Space Center workers involved with the Grass Valley 440 Video Switcher in the Launch Control Center, Room 1P2, simultaneously turn off the switcher for the last time Nov. 30 after 33 years of operations. The switcher was used to support the Space Shuttle Program's processing activities, launches and landings. The 192 input by 512 output analog video switcher encompassed 22 equipment racks, each 10 feet tall, which was big for its time, both in capacity and physical size. NASA an Orion spacecraft inside the high bay of the Operations and Checkout Building sion that will not carry any astronauts. NASA/Dan Casper Workers inside the Space Station Processing Facility position the orbital replacement unit for the International Space Sta tion's main bus switching unit Dec. 4 as they prepare to pack the unit in a shipping container. The unit will be shipped to Japan at the beginning of 2013 for the HTV-4 launch, which currently is scheduled for later in the year. NASA/Charisse Nahser NASA/Charisse Nahser Page 5 Dec. 14, 2012 CLICK ON PHOTO CLICK ON PHOTO CLICK ON PHOTO


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SPACEPORT NEWS By Brittney Longley Spaceport News Co-op program changes its 'path, ways' into a vacuum-insulated sealed pipe for testing in the Cryogenic Testing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in 2010. NASA H ighly regarded as a busi nessman and motivational speaker, Nido Qubein also is known for his quote, Change brings opportunity. Change is bringing more op portunities not only to students, but to veterans as well, as the program formerly known as the Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program transi tions into the Pathways Intern Em ployment Program. May 11 after an executive order was issued. While there are signi programs, both give students op portunities to work with the federal government as they reach for the stars. The Pathways program contains three components: the Intern Employment Program, the Recent Graduate Program, and the Presidential Management Fellows Program. Students who previously were referred to as co-ops now are known under the new program as Pathways interns. The name change is a cultural change for NASA and those are said Josephine Pereira, Pathways program and recruitment manager. Another big change is that vet erans receive absolute preference, whereas they previously were given priority consideration. The Center Recruitment and Kennedy Space Center rolled out the new program by informing current students of the changes and creating a Pathways Roadshow. tions during directorate staff meet ings to ensure that all directorate leaders were aware of the changes, hiring options and how the changes would affect current students. Human Resources reached out to almost every directorate through out a two-month timespan, provid ing a chance to answer questions that any hiring authority might have. Overall, the program is still giving students the opportunity to enhance their education pursuits and broaden their understanding of the work being conducted at NASA, Pereira said. Pathways intern Anthony Bharrat, studying at the University of Cen tral Florida, talks about working on the Plant Habitat project Dec. 5 at the Kennedy Learning Institute. NASA/Charisse Nahser Interns showcase experiences By Brittney Longley Spaceport News F rom processing purchase orders to work ing on plant habitats, six permanent Pathways interns showcased the lessons they learned outside of the classroom at the 2012 fall Pathways student showcase at the Kennedy Learning Institute on Dec. 5. The showcase was designed for students to highlight their accomplishments and inform other students of the role they play at Kennedy Space Center. Under the Pathways Intern Em ployment Program, any intern who began work ing at Kennedy after Jan. 1, 2012, must present a project to their peers and program coordinators in order to become eligible for full-time employ ment. Mentors, supervisors and directors also may attend. Anthony Bharrat, an intern with the Flight Computers, Data and Software Branch of the Engineer and Technology Directorate had the opportunity to share his experience of working the Plant Habitat project. Bharrat developed software that will put data into the required format for proper communication between the Plant Habitat and the International Space Station. I learn something new every day at Kenne dy. The people are always so nice and everyone is willing to help, Bharrat said. The showcase is a really good way to allow students to understand what is going on around the center, said Josephine Pereira, Pathways program and recruitment manager. We often get so encompassed in our work, and this show case allows us to see what role we all play in Kennedys future. Danielle Walker Steven Gilmore Ashley Keegan Jake Hochstadt Ashley Williams NASA, and being able American space Engineering is embracing This has been an amazing experience and Page 8 Dec. 14, 2012 CLICK ON PHOTO CLICK ON PHOTO


Brevard Space Week inspires future explorers W ords over the entrance to the Exploration Space exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex de clare, Explorers Wanted. Between Nov. 26 and Dec. 7, thousands of future astronauts, scientists and engineers walked through those doors during Brevard County Space Week. This year, 5,300 sixth-graders in Brevard County were bused to Kennedys visitor complex for an educational program designed to en courage interest in science, technol ogy, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Over a period of nine days, we had all the sixth-graders throughout the county come in for science dem onstrations and hands-on activities, said Kerri Lubeski, senior educator and coordinator of Brevard Space Week for Delaware North Com panies Parks and Resorts. This is the tenth year weve done this, and the reaction from the students has always been enthusiastic. The projects included a scaven ger hunt among full-scale mockups of historic launch vehicles. Students were asked to match the mission with the rocket it supported. There also was an engineering exercise allowing the students to design and build a structure, and then test how well it would hold up. was given a kit with identical plastic pieces to build a space station-like truss, said Julie Clements of the Following construction, weights were added to determine the strength of each truss. The teams were awarded points based on how much weight their truss would support, Clements said. Its amazing how many different designs the groups come up with. Anne-Marie Chamberlin, a sixth-grade teacher at Sable Elemen tary School in Melbourne, felt the special activity was worth the effort. Its really great to see the kids so engaged, she said. I appreciate this opportunity for the students to learn about our space program and to Chamberlin feels living near the Kennedy Space Center gives local students an advantage. Were lucky to live on the Space Coast, she said. Kids are having fun learning away from the monotony of the regular classroom work. By Bob Granath Spaceport News Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Dec. 4. Following construction, weights were added to determine their strength, and points were awarded based on how much weight each could support. SPACEPORT NEWS Shuttle-era facility conducive to NASA locomotives O ne of the NASA Railroad locomo tives recently received a major upgrade, made possible by on-site resources already avail able inside a Space Shuttle Program-era facility at Ken nedy Space Center. The Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility (RPSF) on the north side of the center's Launch Complex 39 area was built in 1984 to handle the massive solid rocket motor segments that arrived by rail. It is now being used to service those locomotives. "This facility has never lifted or done anything other than shuttle segments and shuttle parts," said Kevin Panik, manager of the RPSF. "This is a really historic time for us at (Kennedy), that we're able to now show the capabilities that we have here." Kennedy owns three EMD SW-1500 locomo tives, workhorses that have more than pulled their weight hauling solid rocket motor segments in and out of the launch complex. Years ago, the NASA Rail road team carefully restored locomotive No. 3, which currently handles much of the rail work now that the shuttle era is over. But locomotive No. 2 had the better set of wheel and axle assemblies, or trucks. So managers decided to swap trucks between those two locomotives. "We want to use the best equipment and the most environmentally friendly equipment that we can on the locomotives that we're going to be actually using," explained NASA Railroad manager John Thiers. "These wheels and trucks (to be moved to locomo tive No. 3) are almost brand new," said Mike Stephens, the railroad lead for contrac tor Yang Enterprises. "We rebuilt them here years ago . we didn't want to let them go when we'll need them." Each locomotive weighs about 159,000 pounds, not including the trucks that add another 89,000 pounds to the 248,000-pound total. "We were interested in the cost savings," said Rom mel Rubio, launch vehicle manager in Kennedy's Ground Systems Develop ment and Operations Pro gram (GSDO). "The cranes are already there; we only had to pay for the people." The entire operation was done in less than one work shift Nov. 27, and the locomotives returned to the NASA Railroad Yard that same day. "They were all for it because it would show other uses for that building, and it worked out great for us," Stephens said. "Now loco motive No. 3 is in it for the long haul. It's good for 25 years at the blink of an eye." By Anna Heiney Spaceport News An overhead crane lifts NASA locomotive No. 3 off its trucks inside the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility at Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 27 for positioning atop the trucks previously used by locomotive No. 2. Read the full story online: Page 9 Dec. 14, 2012 CLICK ON PHOTO


Students accelerate NASA technologies to market By Anna Heiney Spaceport News and faculty, Coats said. We create a path to market, determine how the technol ogy can be commercialized, and create a business plan. The partnership kicked off in September with a pilot project in which the Rollins team evaluated and created a commercialization plan for the inductive position sensor developed by NASAs Rob ert Youngquist and Stephen Simmons of Easi. The tech nology is a series of three small inductors that align in such a way that any slight movement by the middle inductor is detected because of the change in magnetic be fed electronically to a device that needs precise alignment in order to make corrections. Although the sensor was developed to support mea suring the depths of very small defects on the space shuttle orbiter windows, where volume is tight but high sensitivity is needed over a range of positions, including medical, optical, machining and automotive uses. The Rollins team is comprised of professor Dr. Peter McAlindon, advisor Sergie Albino, and four student participants, all of whom brought previous technical or business experi ence to the project. Two of the students, Carlos Capiro and Pankaj Patil, work with major defense contractors and have engineering back grounds. The other two, Jason Goldberg and Steven Madow, came into the proj ect with extensive business experience, one in informa tion technology and the other in Web development. Throughout the project, the team followed a process established at the start of the term. We call our process the Four Ps, McAlindon explained. It stands for pat ents, partners, prospects and packaging. The group started by re searching the patent in order to determine what set the new sensor apart from exist ing sensors. It then reached out to industry partners. First, we really had to understand how this tech technologies out there, McAlindon said. Then we who know all about sensors, to help us identify holes in the market and where this technology can be applied. These subject-matter experts helped narrow a list markets and individuals to target for possible commer cialization opportunities. Finally, the team considered packaging -the best way to get a prototype of the technology into the hands of companies who potentially could license it. If you can show some one the technology, it works a lot better than sharing pa pers or formulas, McAlin don said. They all want ask to actually see a sen sor. So the students took a prototype and built a custom housing, and made it so you can attach it to whatever youre working on and see how it performs. The Rollins MBA team presented its commercial ization plan to NASA at the schools Winter Park cam pus Dec. 6, at the close of the fall term. The students more than exceeded our expectations in the development of a commercialization and marketing plan for the noncontact position sensor, Kohler said after the presen tation. They went beyond the traditional scope of a plan and developed a busi ness model for a possible start-up company. And the students enthu The presentation and professionalism shown by the students was outstand ing. They were genuinely excited about the project and even offered to continue working on it into the next school semester, said Jim Nichols, NASA licensing manager. Kennedys Innovative use these results to pursue opportunities with indus try. Typically, the agency licenses the patent to a com pany that develops it into a saleable product. Royal ties NASA earns through these sales are used toward further technology develop ment. With the trial success fully completed, the nonreimbursable Space Act Agreement will be signed in time for the start of the spring term in January, with the Rollins team working on one new technology per term during two of the three terms per year. Although its written as a three-year agreement, it could be ex tended if the partnership thrives. These students were just giddy at the opportu nity, Coats said. The idea that they could have a role in bringing to market a NASA technology -a brand that -is very exciting. Were thrilled to get them out of the classroom and provide a real-world opportunity. An original inductive position sensor developed by NASAs Robert Youngquist team of MBA students and faculty advisors from the Rollins College Center for commercialization plan. NASA representatives and Rollins College MBA team members gather for a group photo Dec. 6. From left are Pete McAlindon, professor, Rollins College; Lew Parrish, QinetiQ North America; Robert Youngquist, NASA; Jim Nichols, NASA; Madow, Pankaj Patil and Carlos Capiro; and Jeff Kohler, QinetiQ North America. K ennedy Space Cen ter is getting help transferring innova tive space technologies to the marketplace, thanks to a new partnership between NASA and Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Under a new Space Act Agreement, a small team of MBA students and faculty advisors from the schools Center for Advanced Entre preneurship will thoroughly analyze a patented NASA technology, then provide NASAs Technology Trans recommendations for poten tial licensees and marketing strategies, as well as insight gathered from industry ex perts. These second-tier technologies are patented and they have merit, but its hard to aggressively market them with so many tech nologies ahead of them in the queue, explained Jeff Kohler of QinetiQ North America, who leads a team supporting NASAs technol ogy transfer activities at Kennedy. Through the new partnership, NASA gets the some technologies we could only passively market, and the students get the experi ence of working with realworld technologies. When NASA contacted the school to explore the possibility of such a partner ship, the concept sounded promising to Cari Coats, executive director of Rol lins Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at the Crummer Graduate School of Business. She believed a model the school was apply ing in another partnership also would work well for collaboration with Kennedy. NASA sources the technology and Rollins Col lege sources the students Page 10 Dec. 14, 2012 SPACEPORT NEWS CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 11 Dec. 14, 2012 SPACEPORT NEWS John F. Kennedy Space Center Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Assistant managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephanie Covey Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kay Grinter Learn more about NASA's Kennedy Space Center at SP-2012-11-262-KSC Spaceport News online bi-weekly by Public Affairs in the interest of KSC civil service and contractor employees. Contributions are welcome and should be submitted three weeks before publication to Public NASA Employees of the Month: December FROM THE VAULT In celebration of Kennedy Space Center's 50th anniversary, enjoy this vintage photo . During a light moment in the Astronaut Suiting Laboratory 44 years ago, a technician presents Apollo 8 Commander Frank Borman with a holiday stocking prior to his six-day lunar orbital mis sion with James Lovell and William Anders. The crew launched Dec. 21, 1968, from the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A. KSC team places third in 30th SWAT roundup Several members of the team have participated in the competi tion numerous times, including competition team leader Charles Pedrick. placed in the high teens, Pedrick ishing higher and higher. The competition is set up to test a SWAT teams ability and master in real life. For instance, in Pedricks favorite event, known as Super in a gas mask, stop and shoot a tar get about the size of an index card from 15 yards before repeating that task twice more for a total of three miles and three targets. The roundup also offers spe who come from departments all over Florida, the Midwest, Texas and California. Overseas squads take part, too, including teams from Hungary, Switzerland, Swe den and Bosnia. Several South American and Caribbean Island nations also competed. It builds real camaraderie among the teams, Pedrick said. You get to reach out to the other teams, develop some training op portunities. By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News Round-Up International in Orlando on Dec. 5. The competition pitted special operations squads from law enforcement agencies around the world in races against time through obstacle courses and shoot ing ranges. A progression of obstacle courses simulating real-life emergency situa tions tested Kennedy Space Cen ters Emergency Response Team (ERT) during the annual SWAT Round-Up International. The Orlando-based competition, now in its 30th year, pitted special opera tions squads from law enforcement agencies around the world against the clock. Fifty-one teams took part in this years event. The Kennedy team, made up of eight competitors representing the spaceports elite ERT, came into the weeklong competition as this years roundup in third place, place. Marion Countys team won ing second. This annual training gives us a chance to test our skills against some of the best teams in the world, said Mark Borsi, chief of Security at Kennedy. Defending a championship is something wed really like to do, but its not really necessary for us to feel good about ourselves and protect the center. CLICK ON PHOTO