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Atlas IIA/Centaur rocket arrives at CCAFS Description: At Hangar J, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), work is begun on the Centaur upper stage that will be used with an Atlas IIA rocket to launch the latest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) June 29 from CCAFS. The Atlas/Centaur launch vehicle is manufactured and operated by Lockheed Martin. Atlas IIA is capable of lifting payload systems to geosynchronous transfer orbit.
From Apprenticeship to Management

Twice in my NASA career I have had the opportunity to mentor young assistant mission managers. The first experience occurred when I was mission manager for the International Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS).

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In This Issue: Mentoring and More

By Todd Post In one of my earlier careers as a rhetorician, I learned that the best way to understand a subject lies in listening to individuals talk about it from their own experiences.

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Arrogance: Number One Enemy of Learning

By Dr. Alexander Laufer Learning from Experience I was confused and didn’t know how to react when Jim Carroll, a highly regarded figure in the construction industry, proudly presented me with his “Nine Elements for Project Success,” the product of two years arduous labor.

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Welcome to ASK

By Dr. Edward Hoffman I sat mesmerized the other evening listening to a discussion about the space program. The event was sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. A panel of prominent media insiders was sharing stories of the Space Race and the Apollo dramas that unfolded with it.

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Tough Questions

Driving back to my hotel, I felt exhausted. I had just spent four days at the Defense Systems Management College, meeting with 12 small groups of program management students to discuss a case study they had just completed.

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SHAZAM and His Mentor

It’s amazing how the things you learn growing up stick with you. Take my introduction early in life with mentoring. I was introduced to this concept in a 1970s Saturday morning television show called “Shazam.”

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WMAP used the Moon to gain velocity for a slingshot to L2. After 3 phasing loops around the Earth, WMAP flew just behind the orbit of the Moon, three weeks after launch. Using the Moon's gravity, WMAP steals an infinitesimal amount of the Moon's energy to maneuver into the L2 Lagrange point, one million miles (1.5 million km) beyond the Earth.
ASK Talks with Elizabeth Citrin

ASK: You came to project management from a systems engineering background, correct?

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A worker from Marshall's Rapid Prototype Group inspects a prototype of the rocket based combined cycle engine (RBCC). Rapid prototyping group provides engineering models for many MSFC projects. The group takes computer designs from Marshall engineers and then make models based on these designs. They use many irnovative techniques to provide Marshall engineers with models of their designs.
Rapid Prototyping

Background Rapid Prototyping is a viable approach to product development on projects and initiatives whose success depends on a significant amount of customer input.

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Design of the Little Joe capsules began at Langley prior to the design of the Mercury capsule and was, therefore, a separate design. It was not designed to carry a man but the capsules did have to meet the weight and center of gravity requirements of Mercury and withstand the same aerodynamic loads during the path of lift-off. In comparison with the overall Mercury Project, Little Joe was a simple undertaking, The fact that an attempt was made to condense a normal two-year project into a six-month one with in-house labor turned it into a major undertaking for Langley.
Supplier Integration

Background A mission’s success often depends on the performance of our suppliers. In a very real sense, suppliers perform relative to how well they are integrated within the larger team.

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