NASA Glenn Research Center Honored for Orion Spacecraft Work

Left to right:  Lockheed Martin Orion Deputy Program Manager Larry Price, NASA Orion Program Manager Mark Geyer, NASA Glenn Research Center Director Jim Free, and NASA Orion Deputy Program Manager Mark Kirasich holding the U.S. flag that flew aboard Orion’s flight test.

Left to right: Lockheed Martin Orion Deputy Program Manager Larry Price, NASA Orion Program Manager Mark Geyer, NASA Glenn Research Center Director Jim Free, and NASA Orion Deputy Program Manager Mark Kirasich holding the U.S. flag that flew aboard Orion’s flight test.

NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland was honored on Tuesday, April 14, for its work on the Orion Spacecraft Program.

Orion Program Manager Mark Geyer of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas visited NASA Glenn to showcase highlights from the Orion flight test and meet and thank the teams for their efforts.

His visit was in recognition of the Dec. 5, 2014, uncrewed flight test that was supported by various teams at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. NASA’s Orion spacecraft, the vehicle that will send astronauts to deep space destinations, underwent a rigorous battery of tests.

Six people from Glenn will received awards.  In addition, a U.S. flag and a commemorative coin that flew aboard Orion’s flight test were presented to the Center.

NASA Orion Program Manager Mark Geyer talks with Glenn employees Tom Goodnight and Leah McIntyre following the program.

NASA Orion Program Manager Mark Geyer talks with Glenn employees Tom Goodnight and Leah McIntyre following the program.

Geyer also shared  mission highlights from the Dec. 5 Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) and thanked the Glenn team for their contributions to the Orion program.

“Glenn’s been part of the program—technical and managerial—since the beginning,” Geyer affirmed during the employee briefing.  “Your contributions were vital to making this first mission so successful!”

Orion Deputy Program Manager Mark Kirasich and Lockheed Martin Orion Deputy Program Manager Larry Price also spoke to reflect on the exciting uncrewed space flight.

Glenn employees attending the event.

Glenn employees attending the event.

The Orion Program managers presented commendations to Glenn employees who made significant contributions to the program:

Damian Ludwiczak, Mark McNelis and Mike Politi: The EFT–1 Crew and Service Module Systems Management Team Award for outstanding leadership of the Orion EFT–1 Crew and Service Module Engineering Team.

Ben Van Lear: For outstanding leadership and dedication in support of modeling and simulation for Orion’s EFT–1 Spacecraft, resulting in significant improvements in manufacturability and early identification of assembly issues.

Joel Kearns: Leadership Award for outstanding leadership of ESA Service Module Integration Office in driving closure of issues leading to a successful PDR and maintaining EM–1 schedule agreements critical to the Orion Program.

Kathy Schubert: Leadership Award for outstanding leadership of Orion Service Module development and in the establishment of the partnership with ESA for future human exploration.

The Glenn team will continue its critical efforts leading to the EM-1 and EM-2 missions, which begin an era of sustained human space exploration beyond low earth orbit.NASA Logo_RGB

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