Fri, Mar 11, 2011
Tasked With Making Recommendations To Prevent Similar
NASA has selected the members of the board that will
investigate the unsuccessful March 4 launch of the Glory
spacecraft. Bradley C. Flick, director of the Research and
Engineering Directorate at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in
Edwards, CA, will lead the mishap investigation board.
Flick is responsible for the technical and administrative
management of the directorate's engineering workforce at Dryden. He
also has served as Dryden's chief engineer and was responsible for
providing independent technical guidance and oversight to flight
The board has six other voting members:
- LeRoy E. Cain, deputy manager, Space Shuttle Program, NASA's
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.
- Daniel Dorney, supervisory aerospace engineer, NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL.
- Todd Hinkel, lead, Johnson Space Center Pyrotechnics Group
Stacey Nakamura, chair, Johnson Space Center Safety and Engineering
- Air Force Capt. Benjamin Califf, deputy chief, Space Launch
Section, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M.
- Barbara Kanki, research psychologist, NASA's Ames Research
Center, Moffett Field, CA.
The ex-officio member is Christopher Nagy, safety and mission
assurance manager at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The
ex-officio member assures board activity conforms to NASA
procedural requirements. The board began its investigation
Wednesday. Members will gather information, analyze the facts,
identify the failure's cause or causes and identify contributing
factors. The board will make recommendations to the NASA
administrator to prevent similar incidents.
The Glory spacecraft failed to reach orbit after liftoff aboard
a Taurus XL rocket on March 4 at 0509 EST from Vandenberg Air Force
Base in southern California.
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