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2011 American Astronautical Society Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium--Bill Wrobel, NASA

2011 American Astronautical Society Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium--Bill Wrobel, NASA

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  • 49 th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium March 30, 2011 Bill Wrobel Director, Wallops Flight Facility Activities at Wallops Flight Facility
  • Wallops 6000 Acre Campus Main Base Wallops Island
  • Wallops History
    • Founded by NACA in 1945
    • Over 16,000 rocket launches conducted over 65+ years
    • Wallops’ first satellite, Explorer 9, launched 50 years ago on February 16, 1961
  • The Wallops Role
    • Manage & implement
      • frequent,
      • quick-response,
      • low-cost,
      • risk-tolerant
    • missions supporting NASA science & technology research
    • Major mission elements
      • Suborbital & small orbital research carriers
      • Research Range operations
      • Carrier & operations technology development
  • Sounding Rockets
    • 20+ missions flown annually
    • 10 vehicle configurations
    • 9 worldwide launch sites + mobile campaigns
    • Supporting
      • Heliophysics
      • Astrophysics
      • Planetary physics
      • Technology development
      • Education
  • Exoplanet Finding using Sounding Rockets
    • The Planet Imaging Concept Testbed Using Sounding Rocket (PICTURE) uses nulling interferometers.
    • PICTURE will flight qualify several key technologies
      • Extremely light-weight mirror
      • Visible nulling coronograph
      • Deformable mirror
      • 0.5 milli arc-sec pointing
    • PICTURE is a collaboration between
      • Boston University
      • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
      • Goddard Space Flight Center
      • Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
  • Scientific Balloons
    • ~14 missions annually
    • Features
      • Balloon volumes up to 60M cubic ft.
      • Suspended loads up to 8000 lbs.
      • Float altitudes of up to 160K feet
    • Balloon Classes
      • Conventional: 2-36 hour duration
      • Long Duration: 40+ days
      • Super Pressure: Up to 100 days
    • Worldwide launch sites
    • Support to
      • Astrophysics
      • Technology development
      • Education
  • The Balloon Program Legacy
    • Over 4 decades, 30 spacecraft missions have been evolved from balloon missions
    TRACER BOOMERANG TIGER / ANITA CREAM InFOCuS BLAST FIREBall AESOP Sunrise
  • New Balloon Technologies
    • Super Pressure Balloons
      • Will provide mission durations of 60-100 days
      • Recent successful 14MCF test flight from Antarctica, with 4000 lbs. payload
    • Wallops Arc Second Pointer
      • Providing accuracies of 0.75 arcseconds
      • Test flight scheduled for Fall 2011
      • Proposed in recent NASA Explorer Mission of Opportunity
    • Future plans include trajectory control
  • Super Pressure Balloon Test Flight (1/2011)
  • Airborne Science
    • Wallops P-3 currently in Greenland supporting Operation Ice Bridge
    • Airborne Topographic LIDAR (ATM) provides precision ice-thickness maps, repeated on an annual basis
    • More than 250 science flight hours planned
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems - Big & Small
    • Wallops will serve as base of operations for NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS-3)
      • Global Hawk flights studying formation of severe storms
      • 5-year program beginning in Summer 2012
    • Wallops UAS Technology Initiative
      • 3-year program to demonstrate capabilities of small UAVs for Earth Science
      • Standardized instrument support interface architecture
      • Miniaturized instrument (e.g., ATM)
      • Demos using L-3 Viking 300 UAS
  • Small Satellites
    • Wallops developing proto-flight “6U” small sat design, based on Cubesat standard
    • 6U spacecraft provides standardized architecture supporting multiple instrument concepts
    • ~2/3 of volume available for instruments
    • Initial unit & deployer will complete qualification testing by end of FY11
  • Supersonic Inflatable Aeroshell Demonstrator (SIAD)
    • Office of Chief Technologist sponsoring program to demonstrate high-speed inflatable decelerator concept for planetary or Earth reentry
      • JPL-led project team
    • Flight tests proposed between 2012-2014
    • Wallops providing balloons, avionics, and operations support
      • High-speed parachute demos
      • High-altitude rocket accelerated reentry tests
  • Supersonic Inflatable Aeroshell Demonstrator (SIAD)
  • ORS-1
    • 1 st operational spacecraft launch for DoD’s Operationally Responsive Space office
      • Provides quick-reaction satellites supporting urgent military needs
    • Electro-optical & infrared imaging spacecraft to be launched on a Minotaur 1
    • Launch Date: May 2011?
  • Lunar Atmosphere Dust Experiment Explorer (LADEE)
    • NASA Ames & Goddard built Lunar orbiting spacecraft. Instruments:
      • Neutral Mass Spectrometer (GSFC)
      • Ultra-Violet Spectrometer (ARC)
      • Dust Detector (LASP)
      • Lunar Laser Comm (Lincoln Labs)
    • Wallops providing end-to-end launch service support
      • USAF-provided Minotaur V
      • Launch site I&T
      • Launch range services from WFF’s Pad 0B
    • Highlights
      • 1 st flight of Minotaur V
      • 1 st NASA flight on USAF Minotaur vehicle
      • 1 st planetary mission from WFF
  • Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Explorer (LADEE)
  • Taurus II
    • Taurus II expands Wallops capabilities to medium-class ELVs
    • Initial missions are 9 launches supporting NASA’s COTS & CRS programs for commercial resupply of the ISS
      • Future Science & non-NASA missions expected
    • >$100M in new launch infrastructure underway
    • Initial flight in late 2011
  • Taurus II & ISS Resupply
  • Horizontal Integration Facility
  • Pad 0A Medium-Class ELV Launch Complex