Supplying the Giant

Supplying the Giant

By Larry Lawson When I was program manager for Lockheed Martin on the Joint Air Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), the government-stated objective for this stealthy high-performance cruise missile was a unit price of $400,000.

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Smart Buying

Smart Buying

By Steven A. Gonzalez’s When it came time to buy the next-generation data storage system for the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center, we asked our contractor who provides Control Center support to come up with a solution that would consolidate three current storage systems, as well as provide additional capability and functionality — […]

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Dropping in on Mars

Dropping in on Mars

By Tom P. Rivellini Here I was: 26 years old, I had never worked on a flight project before, and all eyes were on me.

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As Small As Possible

By Scott Tibbitts This story begins with a bit of serendipity: I was on a trip to see a Shuttle launch and I happened to sit next to a guy who was in charge of batteries for Space Systems/Loral.

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Off the Charts

Off the Charts

By Brian K. Muirhead We came up with two basic concepts for landing Pathfinder on the surface of Mars.

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Proof of Concept

Proof of Concept

By Jeffrey Bauer Back in 2000, one of the potential Mars projects involved delivering and then flying an observation plane over the planet.

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