Sun, Aug 14, 2011
New Organization Will Focus On ISS, Deep Space Exploration
NASA has announced the creation of the Human Exploration and
Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate. The new organization, which
combines the Space Operations and Exploration Systems mission
directorates, will focus on International Space Station operations
and human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. "America is opening a
bold new chapter in human space exploration," NASA Administrator
Charles Bolden said. "By combining the resources of Space
Operations and Exploration Systems, and creating the Human
Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, we are recommitting
ourselves to American leadership in space for years to come."
The new organization combines the talents, skills and
experiences of the two previous directorates. It more fully
integrates the operation of NASA's in-space assets and current
capabilities with planning for the agency's future, including the
size and type of the work force, facilities and contracts.
While the transition and personnel assignments will take several
weeks to finalize, the HEO Mission Directorate already is
supporting space station operations. The directorate also will
manage commercial crew and cargo developmental programs;
construction of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, a spacecraft
designed to travel beyond low Earth orbit; development of a new
heavy lift rocket, known as the Space Launch System; and other
programs within the directorates.
Associate Administrator Bill Gerstenmaier will head the new
organization. He previously served as the associate administrator
for Space Operations.
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