STARDUST Status Report
October 24, 1997
STARDUST Project Manager
The project completed
a self-imposed, formal Risk Review on October 22. Standing Review Board
Chairman Frank Carr used a subset of the board members to conduct this
The Board examined the implementation processes, matching against the
Interstellar Dust Analyzer (CIDA) delivery date: Good News!! The ATLO
(Assembly, Test & Launch Operations )team at Lockheed-Martin developed a work-around to allow schedule
relief by implementing a structural end "frame" to keep one end of the
spacecraft box open longer in the assembly flow. Thus, later access to
the spacecraft interior makes a schedule matching possible for the CIDA
electronics to be installed there.
update: The Co-Investigator Team meeting last Friday validated the aerogel flight
density profiles. Gun test reports by Johnson Space Center validated
the collector thickness design and supported the validation for the
flight-design density profiles.
The flight system
assembly stand was moved into the Hi Bay Clean Room at Lockheed-Martin.
The Launch Vehicle adapter face (with shields) and bottom of the flight
spacecraft structure was also moved and mounted on the assembly stand
as preparations begin for full system assembly.
A STARDUST briefing
was provided to Kennedy Space Center Director Maj-Gen. Roy Bridges,
USAF Ret., highlighting elements such as Earned Value-based Performance
Management, electronic meeting room, etc.
For more information on the STARDUST mission - the first ever comet
sample return mission - please visit the STARDUST home page:
Last Updated: November 26, 2003