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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1960 on: 01/22/2012 04:16 pm »
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/crown-point/retiring-astronaut-jerry-ross-remembers-region-roots/article_35502b1e-db46-5ba6-a35a-dad1bca996f1.html

Jerry Ross has also retired from NASA this week.

Seems like we need that 2013 selection more and more these days with all the retirements.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1961 on: 01/22/2012 04:56 pm »
Does anyone know the status of Mike Foale? Is he active or management?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1962 on: 01/22/2012 05:08 pm »
Does anyone know the status of Mike Foale? Is he active or management?

Unless there's been a change in the past month, active, heading the (relatively-new) Soyuz branch of the astronaut office. 

As for the recent retirements and their effect on astronaut office staffing -- keep in mind that both Ross and Baker were management, and long out of the pool of flight-eligible astronauts. 

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1963 on: 01/22/2012 10:39 pm »
When did the Astronaut Office start a Soyuz branch?  Who is in it?  Where can we find a breakdown of the AO—who is assigned where, etc.?  Thanks, Michael, and anyone else who can help?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1964 on: 01/23/2012 04:22 am »
When did the Astronaut Office start a Soyuz branch?  Who is in it?  Where can we find a breakdown of the AO—who is assigned where, etc.?  Thanks, Michael, and anyone else who can help?

The branch was created around December 2010 -- it's small, with Foale as chief, Shannon Walker as deputy and no more than a couple of astros assigned there -- none full-time.  Wiseman was one, but he's in ISS training now.

There are internal org charts for the astronaut office, but for some reason NASA doesn't make them available -- though I believe PAO will answer questions if asked.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1965 on: 01/23/2012 04:39 pm »
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1966 on: 01/24/2012 03:40 am »
Michael,

What branches are there in the Astronaut Office?  We've read a couple of times Jim Kelly is the head of the Capcom Branch...now Mike Foale leads the Soyuz branch.  In addition to the Station branch--who's the head of that now?--what else is there?  Any info and details will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1967 on: 01/24/2012 04:17 pm »
Michael,

What branches are there in the Astronaut Office?  We've read a couple of times Jim Kelly is the head of the Capcom Branch...now Mike Foale leads the Soyuz branch.  In addition to the Station branch--who's the head of that now?--what else is there?  Any info and details will be greatly appreciated.

I can think of the Safety, Robotics, Exploration and EVA branches off the top of my head. I believe Pat Forrester is head of Safety, Steve Frick heads Exploration, and Shane Kimbrough heads Robotics.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1968 on: 01/24/2012 04:33 pm »
I can think of the Safety, Robotics, Exploration and EVA branches off the top of my head. I believe Pat Forrester is head of Safety, Steve Frick heads Exploration, and Shane Kimbrough heads Robotics.

I believe Steve Bowen heads EVA?

Mike Massimino heads Appearances.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1969 on: 01/24/2012 06:13 pm »
Not sure if it's a branch, but Janice Voss heads ISS payloads.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1970 on: 01/25/2012 04:15 am »
Not sure if it's a branch, but Janice Voss heads ISS payloads.

Not a branch.

As of August 2011, with the end of the Shuttle, the astronaut office was organized like this:

chief, Whitson

deputy chief (one of two), Barrett
Station Ops, Behnken
Station, Wilson
Capcoms, Kelly
EVA, Bowen
Robotics, Kimbrough
Soyuz, Foale
Education/Medical, was Ellen Baker

deputy chief, (the other) Boe
Safety, Forrester
Exploration (includes comm'l vehicles), Dutton *
Appearances, Massimino
DOR, Polansky

director, flight crew ops, Kavandi
deputy director, Brian Kelly
assistant for ISS, Lopez-Alegria

* Frick is on a two-year rotation to USN Postgrad School

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1971 on: 01/25/2012 06:08 pm »
Who is Brian Kelly? I know Brian Duffy and the three Kellys (Mark, Scott, James) . . .

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1972 on: 01/25/2012 06:41 pm »
Brian K. Kelly is deputy director of FCOD. I don't think the position has to be taken by an astronaut.

What is Sturckow's status, now that he is no longer deputy chief?

And what of the other astronauts, eg Arnold, Virts, Bresnik, Metcalf-Lindenburger, Antonelli etc?

Has Kopra recovered from his injury? Is he back on flight status?

Many thanks.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1973 on: 01/25/2012 07:05 pm »
Brian K. Kelly is deputy director of FCOD. I don't think the position has to be taken by an astronaut.

What is Sturckow's status, now that he is no longer deputy chief?

And what of the other astronauts, eg Arnold, Virts, Bresnik, Metcalf-Lindenburger, Antonelli etc?

Has Kopra recovered from his injury? Is he back on flight status?

Many thanks.

Kelly is not an astronaut, but one of the AOD pilots.  (Historically, either the director FCOD or deputy has been a pilot.  Kavandi isn't, so.....)

Sturckow is actively training for an ISS slot -- qualifying as an EVA crew member, studying Russian.

As for the other astronauts -- including Kopra -- as far as I know, they're all still active.  The JSC Astro Bio page sometimes lags by a month, but is otherwise pretty accurate.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1974 on: 01/25/2012 07:11 pm »
And what of the other astronauts, eg Arnold, Virts, Bresnik, Metcalf-Lindenburger, Antonelli etc?

Has Kopra recovered from his injury? Is he back on flight status?

Antonelli is serving as a liason between NASA and SpaceX for CCDev, and Kopra is serving in the same role for Blue Origin. Virts is working on MPCV and is looking to get in on one of the early flights.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1975 on: 01/25/2012 11:41 pm »



  The JSC Astro Bio page sometimes lags by a month, but is otherwise pretty accurate.

Michael Cassutt

Actually some of the bios are a couple of years old, if not more. Kopra's still says he's training for STS-133.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1976 on: 01/26/2012 04:31 am »



  The JSC Astro Bio page sometimes lags by a month, but is otherwise pretty accurate.

Michael Cassutt

Actually some of the bios are a couple of years old, if not more. Kopra's still says he's training for STS-133.

The _texts_ are often ludicrously out of day -- check Steve Swanson's.  I meant that they are accurate regarding who is active and who has moved to management or elsewhere.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1977 on: 01/26/2012 05:44 am »
Looking at the list of Management Astronauts, are these 'permanently' off flight status or can they be transferred back to active? The description implies "no longer eligible" for flight assignment, but doesn't elaborate on whether or not that is a long-term or temporary measure.

I was surprised to read Col Shane Kimbrough's words to Army applicants that NASA "desperately" needs 20-25 astronauts to fill its shrinking corps...when there will only be 4 per year aboard the ISS for most of the next decade.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1978 on: 01/26/2012 02:17 pm »
Looking at the list of Management Astronauts, are these 'permanently' off flight status or can they be transferred back to active? The description implies "no longer eligible" for flight assignment, but doesn't elaborate on whether or not that is a long-term or temporary measure.

I was surprised to read Col Shane Kimbrough's words to Army applicants that NASA "desperately" needs 20-25 astronauts to fill its shrinking corps...when there will only be 4 per year aboard the ISS for most of the next decade.

Management astronauts are permanently off flight status -- the shift is a one-way move.

Kimbrough's rhetoric was a tad over-heated, but he's essentially correct.  Flying 4/year isn't the number to look at.  With ISS assignments requiring 2.5-3 years of training, there are usually a dozen astronauts in active training at any given time (and likely one or two others in preliminary training for a spot, working on Russian and other necessary skills).  In order to support, say, 15 flight crew members you need something like three times as many astronauts in the office.  With expected attrition, NASA will be at 50 fairly soon, and under that before any new selectees can come on line.

NASA asked the National Academy of Sciences to study the matter -- a certain well-known NSF poster was involved, and so was I.  Look at it here (and this isn't a commercial):

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13227

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #1979 on: 01/26/2012 03:10 pm »

No.  For one thing, astronauts can be moved from "management" to "active" status with a phone call.  Michael Cassutt

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Management astronauts are permanently off flight status -- the shift is a one-way move.

Does that mean, that times have changed?

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