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Hi. My name is Nujoud and I am the NASA Orion Mission Planning & Analysis Lead. I am responsible for ensuring the spacecraft is capable of performing the missions which includes do we have enough power, thermal control, propellant, etc. and generally are all the systems working together. As a part of my job, I also run the exploration systems mission design team which develops the mission design utilizing Orion, Space Launch System rocket, and Ground Systems components.
Really, how do we get the spaceship from here to there and back again is my job.
Hi, my name is Stu, and I am the Functional Manager for Orion's Pyrotechnic and Mechanical Systems. My teams are responsible for designing and building Orion's umbilical's, fairings, and explosive bolts and joints. Our job is to provide highly reliable hardware that works on command, and allows the crew to complete their missions and return home safely.
I'm currently on an assignment for a year at NASA HQ as the Acting Orion Program Executive, where I am involved in our exploration systems planning for future lunar, deep space gateway, and Mars missions.
Hi! My name is Rebecca and I am a project engineer for the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. I support the the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program (GSDO). My team manages all the upgrades being completed inside the VAB to support NASA's new rocket (SLS) and spacecraft (Orion). This includes everything from constructing access platforms in the high bay, upgrading crane controls, and modernizing facility systems such as power, water, and fire suppression.
Hi! My name is Tracie and I am the materials discipline lead engineer for NASA's In-Space Manufacturing Project and a subject matter expert for NASA's Centennial Challenge (NASA's prize competition program) on 3D Printing of Habitats. I have previously supported microgravity materials science and materials certification for NASA's Space Launch System (our next generation, heavy lift rocket). I work at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.
Today I work mostly with small businesses who are developing manufacturing payloads for space station. My job is really about figuring out how we make things in space rather than launch everything from earth (which is important if you're going on a 500 day mission where it's simply not possible to take everything or anticipate exactly what you might need, when!) We use space station as a testbed to assess the functionality of various manufacturing processes in the microgravity environment and use accompanying logistics analyses + interfacing with space system design engineers to inform what we would need to make on a long duration mission (which in turn drives manufacturing process development).
With Centennial Challenges, we're spurring innovation in manufacturing through a public competition that is focused using 3D printing for large-scale construction, with an eye toward using these technologies someday on the planetary surface, where precursor robots might build up infrastructure (landing pads, habitats, etc.) prior to the arrival of human crews.
I also previously worked in the private sector on launch vehicle manufacturing before coming to NASA.
Greetings! My name is Rick and I am the RS-25 Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) manager in the SLS Liquid Engines Office (LEO). I manage a multi-discipline engineering team specializing in all facets of SE&I for development, certification and operation of the RS-25 engines for use as the propulsion system on the SLS core stage. This is to enable and assure thorough engagement between the LEO office and its prime contractor (Aerojet-Rocketdyne) with all MSFC and SLS stakeholders.
My name is Bret Drake. I have over thirty-two years of systems engineering and spaceflight architecture mission design experience, both within in NASA and industry. During my 26 years with NASA, I helped lead the Agency in the design and analysis of human exploration mission approaches beyond low-Earth Orbit including missions to the Moon, Near-Earth Objects, and Mars. That is the systems-of-systems architecture from the launch vehicles, in-space transportation, habitation, landers, and various surface systems needed to achieve our exploration objectives. I currently work for the Aerospace Corporation supporting NASA in development of future human space architecture strategies.