This Week at NASA | This Week @ NASA: Lightfoot Visits Michoud
Lightfoot Visits Michoud
NASA’s Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot visited the agency’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans Feb. 13 to view damage from the Feb. 7 tornado strike, and to speak with employees about ongoing recovery efforts at the facility. The work at Michoud is critical to supporting the production, testing and final integration of the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System deep space rocket, the largest rocket stage ever built.
Flight Control Technology Evaluated
Evaluations of a NASA-developed flight control software are scheduled to wrap up around Feb. 21 in Washington state. The agency is testing the Air Traffic Management Technology Demonstration-1 (ATD-1), which is designed to provide precise spacing information to airplanes on approach to airports, so more planes can land safely, save fuel, and reduce engine emissions – all the while improving schedule efficiency to help more passengers arrive on time.
Ochoa, Foale to be Inducted into Hall of Fame
On Feb. 14, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame announced the selection of its two newest inductees. Ellen Ochoa, current director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, veteran of four spaceflights and the first Hispanic woman to go to space, and Mike Foale, who has served on the space shuttle, and both the Russian space station Mir, and the International Space Station, will be inducted to the hall during a May 19 ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
NASA Employees Honored
Two NASA employees were recognized at the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference, Feb. 9-11 in Washington. Allen Parker, research engineer and Fiber Optic Sensing System (FOSS) Team Lead at Armstrong Flight Research Center received the career achievement award in government, and Janet Sellars, NASA’s acting associate administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at headquarters received the organization’s corporate promotion of education award. The event highlights top professionals and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Exceptional Public Achievement Award
NASA presented its Exceptional Public Achievement Award to Ted Melfi and Margot Lee Shetterly, Feb. 15 at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. Melfi and Shetterly are the director and author, respectively, of the movie and book “Hidden Figures”, which highlights a group of female NASA mathematicians that made critical calculations for historic spaceflights in the early days of the space program. The award recognizes non-government individuals for significant specific achievement or substantial improvement in operations, efficiency, service, financial savings, science, or technology, which contributes to the mission of NASA.(c)2017 NASA | SCVTV