Highlights – Issue 33, Winter 2009
  • A New Design Approach: Modular Spacecraft

    A New Design Approach: Modular Spacecraft


    As told to Matthew Kohut by Butler Hine and Mark Turner When Pete Worden took over as the center director at Ames Research Center, one of the charters he came in with was to inject low-cost ways of doing spacecraft development into NASA as an agency.

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  • Human System Risk Management


    By Judith L. Robinson The human system is one of the most complex elements of space exploration missions. Our current long-duration space flight knowledge comes primarily from missions of up to six months’ duration.

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Stories

A New Design Approach: Modular Spacecraft


Going modular offers a variety of economical mission possibilities.
By Butler Hine and Mark Turner

Pathfinder’s Mars Landing: To Reboot or Not Reboot


Thanks to quick thinking and intimate knowledge of the spacecraft, the Pathfinder team made the right choice at a tense moment.
By Rob Manning

Mars Express: Global Collaboration


Cooperation among several countries and organizations helped make ESA’s first planetary mission a success.
By Kerry Ellis

Responsibility, Not Blame


Faced with a wind tunnel foul-up, the author focuses on understanding and fixing the problem.
By Angelo “Gus” Guastaferro

Owning the Product and the Process


An Ares team at Marshall embraces in-house development.
By Stephen A. Cook

Working with a Team of Zealots and Skeptics


Gathering a diverse team ensures a thorough analysis of Phoenix entry, descent, and landing issues.
By Barry Goldstein

Conquering Space by Capturing Imaginations


One company’s multidisciplinary approach to future space exploration.
By Svetlana Shkolyar

The Quest for Good IDEAS


A new APPEL course offers hands-on experience in innovation.
By Matthew Kohut

SOFIA: Getting Airborne


Afterarockystart,NASA’s new airborne observatory is poised to become a valuable new tool for astronomers.
By Kerry Ellis
Insights

Staying Focused on Fundamentals


Rocket science is hard but development programs succeed by paying attention to the basics of purpose and process.
By Steve Goo

Viewpoint: The Bigger Pictures


The science writer argues that artists have an essential role to play in inspiring public support for NASA missions.
By Piers Bizony

Interview with Charles Kennel


The former associate administrator for the Office of the Mission to Planet Earth talks about the challenges and benefits of a system of small Earth- observing satellites.
By Don Cohen

Human System Risk Management


The new Human System Risk Forum brings the insights of a range of disciplines to bear on human space flight safety issues.
By Judith L. Robinson

ASK Magazine, Issue 33, Winter 2009

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