Small Steps, Giant Leaps

From a project’s smallest steps to humanity’s greatest leaps, NASA’s technical workforce embodies the spirit of Neil Armstrong’s immortal words from the surface of the Moon, boldly pushing the envelope of human achievement and scientific understanding. In our podcast, Small Steps, Giant Leaps, APPEL Knowledge Services talks with systems engineers, scientists, project managers and thought leaders about challenges, opportunities, and successes.

EPISODE 09: MARS OPPORTUNITY ROVER MISSION

May 01, 2019 | Transcript | 30:07
Abigail Fraeman, deputy project scientist on the Mars Exploration Rover mission, discusses the Opportunity rover mission. Read More

EPISODE 08: ENGINEERING NASA’S SCIENCE MISSIONS

Apr 17, 2019 | Transcript | 33:12
Joe Gasbarre, NASA Science Mission Directorate Chief Engineer, discusses the engineering side of science missions. Read More

EPISODE 07: SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA NATIONAL TOUR

Apr 03, 2019 | Transcript | 19:43
Mike Ciannilli, the agency’s manager of the Apollo, Challenger, Columbia Lessons Learned Program, previews the Space Shuttle Columbia National Tour. Read More

EPISODE 06: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Mar 20, 2019 | Transcript | 20:10
Brian Thomas, Agency Data Scientist at NASA Headquarters, discusses artificial intelligence. Read More

EPISODE 05: BIG DATA

Mar 06, 2019 | Transcript | 22:23
John Sprague, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Technology, Data and Innovation at NASA Headquarters, discusses big data. Read More

EPISODE 04: APPEL KNOWLEDGE SERVICES OVERVIEW

Feb 21, 2019 | Transcript | 22:57
Roger Forsgren, NASA Chief Knowledge Officer and APPEL Knowledge Services Director, discusses the integration of training and knowledge sharing activities. Read More

EPISODE 03: UNLEASHING INNOVATION

Feb 06, 2019 | Transcript | 23:37
David Miranda, innovation point of contact for the Exploration Ground Systems Program’s Operations Division, offers tips for unleashing innovation. Read More
Crawler-transporter 2 (CT-2) is being moved under the mobile launcher May 31, 2018, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Three lifts will be performed to practice lifting procedures, validate interface locations, confirm the weight of the mobile launcher, and develop a baseline for modal analysis. The mobile launcher is equipped with a number of lines, called umbilicals, which will connect to NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion. CT-2 has been upgraded to handle the weight of the mobile launcher with SLS and Orion atop. Exploration Ground Systems is preparing the ground systems necessary to support the SLS and Orion spacecraft for Exploration Mission-1 and deep space missions. Credit: NASA

EPISODE 02: DECISION VELOCITY

Dec 19, 2018 | Transcript | 25:11
An Exploration Ground Systems Program division chief, Jeremy Parsons, discusses practical ways to make quality decisions faster. Read More