Kennedy Space Center, (July & August, 2017) – The KLXS-II team has been busy providing key support to the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program at Kennedy Space Center. As the team works diligently to meet the Exploration Mission – One (EM-1) mission milestones and launch date, they also continue to prepare the groundwork for Exploration Mission – Two (EM-2) development. Work progresses with the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) with continued platform installation; the installation of the flame detector for EM-1 on the Launch Pad; the initial stages of tanking of a cryogenic fuel sphere at Launch Pad 39-B; the successful powering up of the Orion spacecraft in preparation for EM-1; verification and validation of the umbilicals on the Mobile Launcher; egress testing of the Orion spacecraft; and other exciting milestones as GSDO prepares for the 2019 launch date of EM-1. KSC hosted Vice President Mike Pence on July 6th 2017. Vice President Pence addressed the workforce with enthusiasm as he encouragingly assured the crowd that Americans will return to the moon and set foot on Mars.
Mickey Bourne, Millennium’s VP of Strategies and Analysis, spoke to KLXS-II and NASA employees on August 29, 2017 regarding valuable lessons learned through his prestigious career with Millennium and the United States Navy and how those lessons can be applied to any Program. His presentation was part of the KLXS-II Senior Advisory Group Exchange (SAGE) program wherein senior leaders provide advice, expand on technical areas, and offer lessons learned to our workforce and customers.
- Several KLXS-II team members recently received awards for their stellar performance:
• James Seaward, Lisa Hall, and Lisa Brown (Space Flight Awareness Team Award)
• Sonia Ouellet and Nick Herren (NASA SpaceFlight Awareness Award)
• Carrie Barnes, Linda Dentmon, Chris Feagan, Joy Mosdell, Sean Arrieta, Barbara Corey, Denise Fisher, and John Ippolito (KSC Group Achievement Awards)
• Melodie Clark (NASA “You Rock” Award)