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Dec. 22, 2011 Vol. 51, No. 25 CCP has the best development team NASA has ever put together for Ed Mango, Manager, Commercial Crew Program Commercial Crew Program I n 2011, NASAs Kennedy Space Center helped launch a new era in space exploration, building on Kennedy began transitioning the International Space Station, to a See REVIEW Page 2 See CCP Page 2 By Rebecca Regan Spaceport News By Allard Beutel Spaceport News John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Page 7 N using Space Act Agree adjusting the technical direction, with SAAs was ironed out between NASA, Congress, and the White Contracts in a stable budget reaching a critical design phase can allow industry to continue to SAAs allow us to collaborate Clockwise from top left: With NASAs Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft sealed inside its payload fairing, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches Nov. 26; VIPs sit in Orbiter Processing Facility-3 as NASA announced a partnership with Space Florida who in turn, made an agreement with the Boeing Company to manufacture and test the companys Crew Space Transportation (CST-100) spacecraft in the OPF; The mobile launcher sits on Launch Pad 39B for engineering tests in November; Astronauts and workers gather in front of space shuttle Atlantis at an employee appreciation event July 21 following land Page 7 Powered Down Page 6


Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Dec. 22, 2011 International Space Station the last nally was scheduled to launch in late not only because it was the second youngest shuttle returned to Ken From REVIEW Page 1 get us close to a critical access to the International Space Station and other From CCP Page 1 be here, they want to do capabilities is expected to be will ensure that the designs ity at the earliest possible announced where the shuttles would only space shuttle NASA is retain ing, will go to the Kennedy Space on preparing to launch new space being a space shuttle pad was See REVIEW Page 3 Space shuttles Endeavour and Discovery meet in a nose-to-nose photo opportunity as the vehicles switch locations Aug. 11. Discovery is undergoing preparations for public display at the Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia next spring. Endeavour is temporarily being stored in the Vehicle Assembly Building. In the second half of 2012, Endeavour will be delivered to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.


Page 3 Dec. 22, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS produce increasingly detailed launch cargo and then astronauts to the In ternational Space Station also started hit the ground running this year with astronauts to the station and other CCP has had a busy inaugural and integration plans, and opera Kennedys Center Planning and announced a partnership with Space Cooperation and partnerships were Kennedy also continued expanding that will contribute to a sustainable which also were held at Kennedy, NASAs Kennedy Space Center will As the United States begins this new Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana (right) briefs Florida Gov. Rick Scott (left) on the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle on Oct. 18 in the Operations and Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center. In the background is an Orion mock-up used for testing. From REVIEW Page 2 More online For more information about NASAs Kennedy Space Center and the missions and programs it supports, visit: For more 2011 Year in Review photos, go to search.cfm?cat=249


Page 4SPACEPORT NEWSDec. 22, 2011 2011 KSC Holiday Coffees NASA civil service and contractor employees enjoy refreshments and other goodies at the 32nd annual KSC Holiday Coffees on Dec. 13 in the and the lobby of the Operations Support Building II (bottom right). SPACEPORT NEWSPage 5 Dec. 22, 2011


Page 6 Dec. 22, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS I planning, a specialized trailer and signs or other hardware had to be hauling contractor, used a special to get past obstacles such as guard We had to redo the plan in about doors, and people toured inside it the opposite direction to its display By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News the turn basin for a few months until it is ready to be transported to Texas via barge. For more information about Space Center Houston, click on the photo. visitor complex to begin its move to the Launch Complex 39 turn basin. The shuttle was part of a display at the visitor complex that also included an external tank and two solid rocket boosters. The move also helps clear the way for the visitor complex to begin construction of a new facility next year to display space shuttle Atlantis in 2013. For more information about the visitor complex and its plans, click on the photo.


Page 7 Dec. 22, 2011SPACEPORT NEWS Space shuttle support personnel in Orbiter Processing Facility-1 prepare to power down space shuttle Discovery for the last time on Dec. 16. In Orbiter Processing Facility-1, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob down of space shuttle Discovery on Dec. 16. A series of photos shows the yellow-painted strong backs closing space shuttle Discoverys payload bay transition and retirement activities on Dec. 16 in Orbiter Feb. 28, 1983. Strongbacks are used to support and operate the doors when the shuttle is not in space. Discovery is being prepared for public display at the Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., in 2012.


WORD STREETON THEWith 2011 nearly behind us,what are you looking forward to most in 2012? Judy Clontz, Abacus Technology Corp. Melanie Chan, NASA Sharon Barker, NASA Exchange Christopher Vance, Science Applications International Corp. Bob Moore, Millennium Engineering and Integration Co. A.J. Neal, ManTech International Corp. Pam Hill, Abacus Technology Corp. Page 8 Dec.22, 2011SPACEPORT NEWS John F. Kennedy Space CenterManaging editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kay GrinterEditorial support provided by Abacus Technology Corp. Writers Group.NASA at KSC is on the Internet at USGPO: 733-049/600142 Looking up and ahead . .en Launch windows to be determined in 2012 2012 No Earlier Than Jan. 19 Launch/CCAFS (SLC-37B): Delta IV WGS 4 Launch window: TBD Targeted for Feb. 7 Launch/CCAFS (SLC-40): SpaceX Falcon 9, Dragon C2/C3 Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Feb. 16 Launch/CCAFS (SLC-41): Atlas V, MUOS Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than March 14 Launch/Kwajalein Atoll: Pegasus XL, NuSTAR Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than April 27 Launch/CCAFS (SLC-41): Atlas V, AEHF 2 Launch window: TBD Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Aug. 23 Launch/CCAFS (LC-41): Atlas V-401, RBSP Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than September Launch/CCAFS (LC-37B): Delta 4, GPS 2F-3 Launch window: TBD Dec. 1 Launch/V AFB: Pegasus XL, Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Dec. 1 Launch/CCAFS (LC-41): Atlas V, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K) Launch window: TBD View the next edition on Jan. 13, 2012.