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September 21, 2007
John F. Kennedy Space Center - America’s gateway to the universe 
Spaceport News
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/news/snews/spnews_toc.html
Vol. 46, No. 19
Work continues for October launch of STS-120
Reinarts prepares Dawn mission for Launch Services
IN BAY 3 of the Orbiter Processing Facility, workers oversee the loweringof the tool storage assembly unit into Discovery’s payload bay, where itwill be stored. The tools will be used on a spacewalk during missionSTS-120. In an unusual operation, the payload bay doors had to bereopened after closure to accommodate the storage.TOM REINARTS of the Launch Services Program is the chief engineer forthe Dawn mission scheduled to lift off Sept. 26.
(See REINARTS, Page 2)
 By Linda HerridgeStaff Writer 
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s the launch date nears forNASA’s Dawn mission,Tom Reinarts reflects onkey turning points in his careerthat brought him to his currentpositions as the NASA deputychief engineer for the LaunchServices Program and the Dawnmission chief engineer at theKennedy Space Center.With a nuclear engineeringbackground, Reinarts worked onadvanced space power conceptswhile earning a doctorate innuclear engineering from TexasA&M University in 1993. Hisstudies included thermal control of space nuclear designs and ad-vanced cooling techniques.While doing postdoctoralstudies at Johnson Space Centerfrom 1993 to 1994, he had theopportunity to work on theprecursor to the InternationalSpace Station. It was then that hemade the leap to aerospaceengineering.“I’ve always been fascinatedby space travel and the spaceprogram,” Reinarts said.His work as the Dawn missionchief engineer gives him a uniqueperspective. In this role, herepresents the technical authorityfor NASA with respect to thelaunch vehicle and works withUnited Launch Alliance to ensurethe vehicle is ready to launch thespacecraft.
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leak in a hydraulic seal inDiscovery’s right mainlanding gear strut hasshuttle program managers reas-sessing processing milestones formission STS-120. Technicians arefixing the leak in the strut, whichacts as a shock absorber during theshuttle’s landing. Managers soonwill determine a new date for thevehicle’s rollover to the VehicleAssembly Building and decide howthe work might affect Discovery’sOct. 23 target launch date.A fifth spacewalk was added byprogram managers to the itineraryfor Mission Specialists ScottParazynski and Douglas Wheelock,who will test tile heat shield repairtechniques, extending the missionto 14 days.The crew will take an Italian-built U.S. multi-port module, alsoknown as Harmony, to the Interna-tional Space Station on thismission, marking the 23rd shuttleflight to the station.Retired U.S. Air Force Col.Pamela Melroy will command theSTS-120 mission to take the Node 2connecting module to the station.Melroy, a veteran shuttle pilot, isthe second woman to command ashuttle. George Zamka will serve aspilot. The flight’s mission special-ists also include Stephanie Wilsonand Paolo Nespoli, a EuropeanSpace Agency astronaut from Italy.Zamka, Wheelock and Nespoli willbe making their first spaceflight.This flight also will bringastronaut Daniel Tani to thestation, allowing Expedition 15/16Flight Engineer Clayton Andersonto return to Earth from the spacestation aboard Discovery. Tani willreturn on shuttle mission STS-122.The STS-120 mission will bringthe Harmony module, christenedafter a school contest, to provideattachment points for Europeanand Japanese laboratory modules.
 
SPACEPORT NEWSSeptember 21, 2007Page 2
Awards
 
Director’sUpdate
Pat SimpkinsEngineering Director
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early a year ago, KennedySpace Center created anEngineering Directorate tobetter align itself with bothNASA’s Exploration initiative andhow the agency has emphasizedthe need for independent technicalauthority and engineering excel-lence, separate from the programsand projects being supported.That’s quite a mouthful of words to describe simple matrixengineering.Two of the key objectives of the new directorate are to improveapplication of our operationalexpertise to meet current andfuture program challenges, and tostand up a fully functioningorganization that successfullysupports current and evolvingExploration requirements.In order to support Explora-tion, the center joined togetherboth operational engineering andground systems design anddevelopment capability in the neworganization. Due to the diversityof depth of experience leveragedin the new organization, expertisefrom multiple spaceflight projectshave been applied to provide thebest possible engineering solu-tions to Constellation’s needs.This support has ranged fromground projects such as the newmobile launcher and emergencyegress systems, to flight systemssuch as the Ares 1-X test flight.The directorate leveragedexisting chief engineers, systems,subsystems and design engineer-ing capabilities to continue tosupport current programs whileproviding engineering excellenceto Constellation. Indeed, of the460 engineers in the new director-ate, 412 are working on more thanone program or project.This is a feat enabled throughthe new matrix engineeringorganization.The new Engineering Director-ate focuses on the basic tenets of integrity, credibility and capabil-ity. We have an open communica-tive relationship with all of ourclients and customers. We strive todo what we say we’re going to doand deliver results.We are enhancing the expertiseand experience we have in order tomake our promises come to life.With the “capability” tenet inmind, the Engineering Directoratecreated the KSC EngineeringAcademy, or KEA, to bringengineering resources together tocreate a culture of engineeringexcellence in which engineerslearn continuously, inquireconstantly and share openly withinand beyond the engineeringcommunity. Jack Fox, the Manage-ment Support Office manager,moonlights as the “dean” of theKEA.Presenters to date have high-lighted a variety of topics,including fluid systems leak check technologies, umbilical systemsdesign and a panel discussion onthe KSC perspectives onApollo 13. These and others willbe available for viewing inOctober on the KEA Web site at
http://kea.ksc.nasa.gov
. Systemengineering and integration andthe concept of matrix managementcontinue to be works in progress,and questions about roles andresponsibilities still get asked.The answers to these questionswill come to light as we fulfill ourcommitment tocontinue flying thespace shuttle andcomplete construc-tion of the Interna-tional Space Station; continue tosend probes to study our Earth andthe rest of the universe; andprepare to go back to the moon,then travel to Mars and the stars. Itall starts here at KSC and theEngineering Directorate isdedicated to making it happen.
“Indeed, of the 460 engineers in thenew directorate, 412 are working onmore than one program or project.”
THE SEPTEMBER NASA employees of the month include, from left,Tiffany Nail, Launch Services Program; Kenneth Hosterman, Engineeringdirectorate; Debra Kral, Constellation Project Office; Tim Bianchi, CapeCanaveral Spaceport Management Office; Janice Nieves, ProcurementOffice; Robert Yaskovic, International Space Station and SpacecraftProcessing; and Gail Villanueva, Center Operations. Not pictured areGeoffrey Swanson, Chief Counsel Office; William Sloan, InformationTechnology and Communications Services; Eblan Farris, EngineeringDirectorate; and Andrew Stampfel, Safety and Mission Assurance.
September NASA employeesof the month
Reinarts . . .
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Reinarts is also responsible forNASA’s engineering assessmentof the vehicle.Prior to his current position,Reinarts was a thermal analystand then became a vehicle systemlead in 2003. His responsibilitiesincluded reviewing the hardwarequalification of the Atlas V 500series vehicle for the NewHorizons mission which launchedon Jan. 19, 2006.“One of my most memorabletimes was working on the NewHorizons mission,” Reinarts said.He also worked on the high-profile Mars Exploration RoversSpirit and Opportunity. Reinartssaid the launch vehicles for bothmissions had significant thermalconcerns. He interfaced withlaunch vehicle providers on theengineering side.“It was a lot of hard work tohelp these spacecraft get to wherethey are and how successfulthey’ve become,” Reinarts said.He’s looking forward to beinginvolved in the Lunar Reconnais-sance Orbiter mission to map themoon. It is currently scheduled tolaunch in October 2008 on anAtlas rocket.“This has been the mostexciting and interesting work I’veever done,” Reinarts said. “Wework with a wide variety of launch vehicles and it’s great tobe involved in the NASA space-craft launches.”He also worked on the shuttlesolid rocket boosters for USBI andthen United Space Alliance from1997 through 1999, before joining NASA in 2000.Reinarts and his wife, Robin,have an 11-year-old son, Nick. Heis a member of a local spina bifidasupport organization and partici-pates with his son in the BoyScouts.
 
SPACEPORT NEWSPage 3September 21, 2007
Tenbusch ensures Endeavour goes with the flow
KEN TENBUSCH is the flow manager for space shuttle Endeavour. He joined NASA in 1989, working on the external tank.
KSC volunteers tell NASA story to thousands of visitors
NASA EMPLOYEES from the Kennedy Space Center who alsoserve as viewing site hosts include, from left, Vickie Hall, ValenciaMitchell, Debbie Billias, Penny Hale, Dexter Westbrooks, BrendaDavis, Greg Hale, Maria Zaparta, Kevin Heard, Christine Wilson, LisaSingleton, Lynn Barnette, Cindy Kirkpatrick, Alex DeCamargo, KenYoung (wearing hat), Lorene Williams, Kathy Parker, Craig Parker,Joy Pickett, Joette Feeney and Anna Contreras.
 By Jennifer Wolfinger Staff Writer 
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en Tenbusch’s futureresponsibilities asEndeavour’s new flowmanager can be summed up in asimple statement: He’ll ensureEndeavour will safely fly and meetthe program mission objectives.While the words are fairly straight-forward, the work he’ll perform isanything but.“I will be in a non-stop stage of learning,” said Tenbusch, who willassume the new role in Octoberand replace Tassos Abadiotakis.“One of the greatest challenges isdeveloping a working knowledgeof the numerous complex systemsthat make up the vehicle: groundsystems, payload interfaces,propulsion elements and theorbiter.”On a regular basis, he willintegrate all of the vehicleturnaround requirements, mission-specific configurations and crewrequirements from landing throughlaunch to meet all of the SpaceShuttle Program milestones, andprovide a safe vehicle to meet themission objectives.He’s also prepared for the fastpace and demands that he’llencounter as launches approach,knowing that he can rely on theexperienced teams dedicated tolaunch pad and vehicle operationsand control room tests.“I’m excited about workingwith a great vehicle processingteam and the challenges associatedwith readying a vehicle forspaceflight,” he said.Tenbusch joined NASA in1989 as an external tank mechani-cal systems engineer, became aNASA test director in 1994,supported landing operations from1998 to 2003, and started work asthe external tank/solid rocketbooster operations manager in2003.He spent the last few yearsworking with the Marshall SpaceFlight Center’s Reusable SolidRocket Booster Project team. Heappreciates that his past andupcoming opportunities areunique.“The orbiter fleet and shuttlepropulsion elements have success-fully supported the NASA missionfor many years. A lot of blood,sweat and tears have gone intothese vehicles, many goodmemories,” he said.“Being a part of the team thatprepares the vehicle for theremaining missions will bring allof those memories back.”Tenbusch earned a bachelor’sdegree in aerospace engineeringfrom the University of Florida inGainesville, and a master’s inbusiness administration from theUniversity of Central Florida inOrlando.He takes great pride in hisfamily. “I have been happilymarried to my best friend,Andrea, for 14 years and we havethree great children: Daniel, 11,Steven, 10, and Catherine, 7,” hesaid. “They mean the world to me.”
 By Linda HerridgeStaff Writer 
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lmost 365 days of the year,the External RelationsDirectorate relies onassistance from volunteers to tellthe “NASA story” to hundreds of special guests and VIPs who tourthe Kennedy Space Center. Duringlaunch days, the need for volun-teers greatly multiplies.Jane Kleinschmidt is themanager of the directorate’s PublicService Division volunteerprogram, which has been active forabout 25 years. It includes close to400 NASA and contractor employ-ees, and a group of 80 dedicatedretiree volunteers who give theirown time to serve as tour guides,bus escorts, viewing site hosts andhostesses, media escorts and NASAGuest Center staff.“The volunteer program, for us,is vital at KSC,” Kleinschmidtsaid. “It is an opportunity for ourvolunteers to tell the public whatthe space program does for them.”Volunteers have escorted VIPguests including presidents, vicepresidents, international dignitar-ies, members of royalty, actors andactresses, race car drivers, govern-ment leaders, veterans andbusiness leaders.During launches, the volun-teers work at all the viewing sites,including the NASA Causeway,Banana Creek, Turn Basin, PressSite and Operations SupportBuilding-II. Kleinschmidt saidthere is also a core team of volunteers who work at the NASAGuest Center at the KSC VisitorCenter to check in guests forlaunch activities.Retiree Bob Merrilees recentlytoured a group of people around
(See VOLUNTEERS, Page 7)

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