Press Release

NASA Announces DART Mishap Investigation Board Members

By SpaceRef Editor
April 22, 2005
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NASA Announces DART Mishap Investigation Board Members

NASA selected the mishap investigation board to determine why the Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology (DART) spacecraft did not complete its mission on April 15.

The board consists of seven voting members from NASA centers, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the U.S. Air Force Space Command, including:

  • Scott Croomes, Chairman, Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Huntsville, Ala.
  • Kristie French, Safety Member, MSFC Sally Richardson, Human Factors Investigator, MSFC
  • Dr. Russell Carpenter, Guidance, Navigation and Control, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, Md.
  • Camillo Arcilesi, Chief Engineer for Orbital Express, DARPA,
  • James Crawford, Autonomous Systems, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
  • Space Command officer (not yet named).

The Ex Officio is Kerry Remp, GSFC. The Ex Officio to the Board assures board activity conforms to NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) 8621.1.

Federal employees assigned as Board advisors:

  • H. Gray Marsee, General Counsel, MSFC
  • Kim Newton, Public Affairs, MSFC
  • William Nabors, Import/Export Advisor, MSFC
  • Garry Lyles, Exploration, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Preston Jones, Propulsion, MSFC
  • Steve Luna, Avionics, MSFC
  • Tim Crumbley, Software, MSFC
  • Scott Merkle, Technical Warrant Holder, Johnson Space Center, Houston

Dr. Neville Marzwell, JSC, will serve as a board consultant:

DART was the first demonstration program selected by NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate to develop technologies for the Vision for Space Exploration.

DART was designed to establish autonomous rendezvous capabilities for the U.S. space program. During the mission, DART was to rendezvous with a satellite and perform several close proximity operations.

For more information about DART on the Internet, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.