Nasa Invites Media To Status Updates On Future Human Spaceflight Programs

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June 24, 2013

Michael Curie
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Media representatives are invited to NASA's 
Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, June 27, for updates 
about the agencyâ??s human spaceflight programs. Journalists will visit 
the Operations and Checkout Building at 11 a.m. EDT for a status 
briefing on NASAâ??s Orion, Space Launch System and Ground Systems 
Development and Operations programs. At 1 p.m., media will receive an 
update at Kennedyâ??s Press Site on the progress of NASAâ??s Commercial 
Crew Program.

Participants in the 11 a.m. status briefing are: 

-- Scott Wilson, manager of Orion Production Operations, NASA Kennedy 
-- Jules Schneider, manager of Orion Production Operations, Lockheed 
-- Tom Erdman, Space Launch System, NASA's Marshall Space Flight 
Center, Kennedy Resident office 
-- Jeremy Parsons, chief of Operations Integration Office, Ground 
Systems Development and Operations Program (GSDO), NASA Kennedy

Participants in the 1 p.m. update briefing are:

-- Ed Mango, Commercial Crew Program manager, NASA Kennedy 
-- Mike Good, astronaut, NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston
Media must be at Kennedy's press site by 10:15 a.m. for transportation 
to the Operations & Checkout Building. 

News media without Kennedy accreditation need to apply for credentials 
by noon on June 26. International media accreditation for this event 
is closed. Media must apply for credentials online at:

Badges for the events may be picked up at the Kennedy Space Center 
Badging Office on State Road 405. 

In a revamped area of the Operations and Checkout building, NASA 
employees and Lockheed Martin contractors are working side by side to 
prepare Orion for Exploration Flight Test-1 next year. Orion is 
designed to take U.S. astronauts farther into space than ever before.

The Orion spacecraft, managed at NASA's Johnson Space Center in 
Houston, will be launched on missions by the agency's heavy-lift 
Space Launch System (SLS), an entirely new capability for human 
exploration, beginning in 2017. Designed to be flexible for launching 
spacecraft from Kennedy for crew and cargo missions, SLS will expand 
human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and enable new missions of 
exploration across the solar system. NASA's Marshall Space Flight 
Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages SLS. Kennedy manages the Ground 
Systems Development and Operations Program, which is preparing to 
process and launch the next-generation vehicles and spacecraft 
designed to achieve NASA's goals for space exploration.

NASAâ??s Commercial Crew Program, managed at Kennedy, is an innovative 
partnership to help the aerospace industry in the United States 
develop space transportation systems that can safely launch 
astronauts to the International Space Station and other low-Earth 
orbit destinations.

For more information about NASA's Orion, SLS, and GSDO programs, 

For more information about NASA's Commercial Crew Program, visit:


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