Press Release

Minutes of Senior Staff and Center Directors’ Meeting February 14, 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
February 14, 2000
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The following documents the discussions addressed at the Senior Staff and
Center Directors’ Meeting on February 14, 2000. Mr. Goldin did not attend
the meeting. Action assignments have been placed in brackets [ ] for easy

1. AA Reports

W/Gross: Ms. Gross reported that on January 28, 2000, a juvenile was
sentenced to 3 years’ probation and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution.
The individual pled guilty on December 23, 1999, to six counts of juvenile
delinquency for illegally accessing NASA computer systems. The compromise
of these systems resulted in damage to the computers’ operating systems and
lost computer time while the computers were reconfigured for normal
operation. Special Agents of the Computer Crimes Division of the NASA
Office of Inspector General Office of Criminal Investigations conducted the
investigation. The prosecution was handled by the United States Attorney’s

S/Huckins: Dr. Huckins reported on the following items: 1) The Japanese
Spacecraft Astro-E was lost following a failure of the Japanese M-V launch
vehicle. GSFC had developed the primary instrument and may want to connect
further. 2) At 10:33 a.m., EST, the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR)
spacecraft successfully entered orbit around the Asteroid Eros. Mr.
Goldin, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Dr. Edward Weiler are at Johns
Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory for this event.

Y/Asrar: Dr. Asrar reported on the following items: 1) He noted the
successful launch of STS-99. He thanked the support teams from the Human
Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS) Program and the JPL teams. The
mission is going well. So far, more than 30 percent of the Earth’s surface
has been mapped by a single pass and about 5 percent with two passes of the
Orbiter. Early results were presented at a press conference on Sunday
afternoon, and more results will be presented at a second press conference
on Monday afternoon. These images will be available on the Internet for
general access. The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) is the best
example of teamwork within NASA and with its domestic and international
partners. Code Y salutes the hard work and dedication of the teams that
have made SRTM a successful mission so far.

Z/Garver: Ms. Garver thanked ARC and Dr. McDonald for hosting the History
Office’s Annual Planning Meeting.

C/Christensen: Mr. Christensen announced that Code C has arranged, through
the cooperation with Code Q, to set up a couple of sessions of a training
class specifically geared at Associate Administrators (AA’s) and Deputy
AA’s to explore “systems safety,” including a discussion of the risk
assessment tools that the Administrator addressed in his safety message
last week.

M/Rothenberg: Mr. Rothenberg reported on the following items: 1) He
commented on the outstanding launch of STS-99. He thanked everyone who
supported it. 2) There is a minor problem with the utilization propellant
on the Shuttle boom. The impact will be determined later.

AC/Armstrong: Gen. Armstrong briefly discussed his new role in leading the
Agency’s transition from operations to cutting-edge research and development.

2. AI/Mulville

Dr. Mulville reported on the following items: 1) Mr. Goldin will testify
before the House Committee on Science at a Posture Hearing on Wednesday,
February 16. 2) The Core Capability Steering Group will meet on Wednesday,
February 23 (from 8 to 12 noon) to discuss the Core Capability Strategy in
support of the upcoming Program Operating Plan and the Capital Investment
Council meeting which is tentatively scheduled for March 2, 2000. 3) The
Senior Management Council meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 18.
The main topics for this meeting are for the Functional Offices to present
the status of their Functional Leadership Plans and the FY 2002 budget
guidance. 4) The Program Management Council Quarterly Status Review is
scheduled for Thursday, February 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. 5) Last week, the
Headquarters Functional Offices accomplished a successful preassessment
audit. This means that now, every Headquarters organization and every
function has been audited, and we are on track for the Registration audit
beginning May 15. We did very well! The auditors had only minor
observations. Dr. Mulville thanked everyone for their hard work and

3. Center Reports

GRC/Barna: Mr. Barna reported that, in coordination with JSC and the
flight hardware contractor, Boeing (Canoga Park), acceptance testing of the
first Space Station plasma contactor package was successfully completed at
the GRC Vacuum Facility 5. The plasma contactor is a mission-critical
system aboard the International Space Station (ISS) designed to control the
Station’s potential relative to space plasma and mitigate the possibility
of deleterious interactions (arcing and associated damage to thermal
coatings) with the space environment. GRC manufactured in-house the
critical plasma contactor component, the hollow cathode, and provided this
to the contractor, Boeing. The test, which relied on the unique facility
and space-simulation capabilities at GRC, demonstrated the full function of
the plasma contactor hardware, firmware, and software prior to shipment and

GSFC/Townsend: Mr. Townsend reported on the following items: 1) Al Diaz
(GSFC Center Director) is at the NEAR encounter with the Eros. NEAR just
reported in orbit around Eros. 2) On Friday, February 11, at GSFC, the
Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel meetings seemed to go very well. 3) The
orbital maneuver to place Terra in formation with Landsat-7 is in process
and is expected to be in position at the end of next week. 4) The
Landsat-7 Solid State Recorder, which briefly shut down last week, was
reset and is operating nominally. The problem had to do with the manner in
which the recorder was being tasked, and changes to operational procedures
have been implemented to prevent this conflict from reoccurring. 5) The
Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) launch has
been delayed at least a week (to March 10) to permit an assessment of what
else needs to be done to support the Red Team risk-assessment process. 6)
Yesterday, the WARP Solid State Recorder, being developed for EO-1, had a
reoccurrence of a previously observed low-voltage power supply problem that
is currently being investigated. 7) The ASTRO-E, a Japanese spacecraft
launched by a Japanese launch vehicle, failed to achieve orbit last week
due to a problem with the first stage. On-board was an x-ray spectrometer
that was jointly developed by GSFC and the Institute of Space and
Astronautical Sciences (ISAS) of Japan.

JPL/Stone: Dr. Stone added his congratulations for the successful STS-99

JSC/Abbey: Mr. Abbey reported on the following items: 1) The SRTM mission
is going well. A propellant issue may decrease data collection by 1 day.
2) At the General Designers Review, the launch-date window for the Russian
Service Module has been set for July 6-14. 3) The ISS 2A.2A and 2A.2B
missions will be baselined on Thursday. The ISS is doing well. 4) A
meteoroid entered the Earth’s atmosphere near the Yukon territories. JSC
scientists have collected and are analyzing two pristine pieces from it.

MSFC/Stephenson: Mr. Stephenson announced that MSFC will host the
Engineering Management Council (EMC) today and tomorrow. Dan Tam will also
be visiting on commercialization efforts.

SSC/Craig: Mr. Craig reported on the following items: 1) The X-33 will be
testing this week. It will be a 120-second test. Also, construction has
been completed on the commercial Combined Booster Core (CBC) test position
on the B Test Stand. 2) Staffers from Senator Trent Lott’s (R-MS) office
will visit SSC tomorrow.



Officials-in-Charge of NASA Headquarters Offices:
AI/Dr. Mulville
AB/Ms. Tagg
AC/Gen. Armstrong
AE/Mr. Keegan
AJ/Mr. Tam
AO/Mr. Holcomb
AS/Dr. Olsen
B/Mr. Holz
C/Mr. Christensen
E/Mr. Reese
F/Ms. Novak
G/Mr. Frankle
H/Mr. Luedtke
I/Mr. Schumacher
J/Mr. Sutton
K/Mr. Thomas
L/Mr. Heffernan
M/Mr. Rothenberg
P/Ms. Wilhide
Q/Mr. Gregory
R/Mr. Venneri
S/Dr. Weiler
U/Dr. Nicogossian
W/Ms. Gross
Y/Dr. Asrar
Z/Ms. Garver

Directors, NASA Centers:
ARC/Dr. McDonald
DFRC/Mr. Petersen
GRC/Mr. Campbell
GSFC/Mr. Diaz
JSC/Mr. Abbey
KSC/Mr. Bridges
LaRC/Dr. Creedon
MSFC/Mr. Stephenson
SSC/Mr. Estess

Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory:
Dr. Stone
A/Ms. Roberts
A/Ms. Landrus
AB/Ms. Saldana
AE/Ms. Moore
AI/Ms. Shaeffer
AI/Ms. Bloxon
AO/Ms. Wissinger
AS/Ms. Simms
CIC/Ms. Grimes
CIC/Ms. Hoover
CIC/Ms. Coates
CIC/Ms. Fenner
CIC/Ms. Maynor
C-3/Ms. Soper

SpaceRef staff editor.