Personnel News: April 2015 Archives

Dava Newman confirmed as NASA deputy, MIT

"According to NASA, the deputy administrator "provides overall leadership, planning, and policy direction." Her duties will include leading NASA governmental affairs; oversight of the agency's offices, communications, and educational programs; and serving as the NASA representative to the multinational partnership that manages the International Space Station."

NASA Procedural Requirements NPD 1000.3D, NASA

"4.1.2.2 The Deputy Administrator is responsible to the Administrator for providing overall leadership, planning, and policy direction for the Agency. The Deputy Administrator performs the duties and exercises the powers delegated by the Administrator, assists the Administrator in making final Agency decisions, and acts for the Administrator in his or her absence by performing all necessary functions to govern NASA operations and exercise the powers vested in the Agency by law. The Deputy Administrator articulates the Agency's vision and represents NASA to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, heads of Federal and other appropriate Government agencies, international organizations, and external organizations and communities."

Worden Beams Up

A Space Maverick Quietly Departs NASA, editorial, Space News

"Outspoken, with a palpable disdain for management bureaucracy, Mr. Worden was an enthusiastic advocate of small satellites and other innovations like single-stage-to-orbit rocket technology during a 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force. More hawkish than most dared to be on the touchy subject of space warfare, Mr. Worden in 1993 led Clementine, a low-cost robotic mission to the moon that he later characterized as a "sneaky space weapon test." Somewhat counterintuitively given his warrior reputation, Mr. Worden also was recognized as a bona fide intellectual, holder of a doctorate in astronomy and author or co-author of more than 150 scientific and technical papers including one in which he branded NASA a "self-licking ice cream cone."

Keith's note: Odd that Space News overtly mentions Pete Worden's doctorate and then refer to him as "Mr." a dozen times. When I inquired Space News told me that no one is called "Dr." in their publication. Oh well. Otherwise, its a nice overview of Dr. Worden's tenure at NASA.

Ames Has A Stargate, earlier post

Bill Walker

William "Bill" H. Walker, 86

"Bill left ARAMCO to join Wernher Von Braun's team of scientists and engineers in NASA in Huntsville, Ala. The team was then working on the design of the Saturn V rocket. While with NASA, Bill continued his education at the University of Alabama, eventually earning masters and doctoral degrees in math and engineering. Bill's career at NASA saw him involved with all Saturn V launches, the Apollo moon missions, Hubble Space Telescope and the AstroLab array of X-ray telescopes that flew aboard the Space Shuttle on three different missions. Bill also served as a member of one of three, four-man teams that managed to keep the crippled Skylab in orbit until it was allowed to fall safely to earth. At the time of his retirement from NASA, Bill was working on the design of the navigation system for the X33 Space Craft, which was to have been the replacement for the Space Shuttle."


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