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
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
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)