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NASA's Launch Services Program gives the 'go' for launch!
January 25, 2012
 

The launch team members assemble at their computers and communication consoles at Vandenberg Air Force Base about three to four hours before the launch of the Delta II rocket carrying the NPP spacecraft.

The NASA launch manager is the highest authority during the countdown and provides NASA's "go/no-go" decision to the mission director.

Before liftoff, the launch manager checks with the launch team to make sure all the criteria are met and that the payload and rocket are ready to go.



Tim Dunn, NASA Launch Manager




 
Tim Dunn, NASA Launch Manager (NLM)
The launch manager ensures that the countdown and launch decision processes are properly followed. The launch manager polls the launch team before passing along a "go/no-go" decision to the mission director.
   
Thomas Reinarts, NASA Chief Engineer Thomas Reinarts, NASA Chief Engineer (NASA CE)
The chief engineer is responsible for advising the launch manager of the launch vehicle's engineering and analysis status for launch.
   
Bruce Reid




 
Bruce E. Reid, Mission Manager (NASA MM)
The mission manager assesses the launch service and spacecraft readiness ahead of launch.
   
Launch Control Center




 
Rick Boutin, Safety and Mission Assurance Manager (SMA)
The Safety and Mission Assurance Manager monitors NASA safety and mission assurance requirements during the launch countdown. The SMA also makes sure the countdown is conducted properly and serves as the integrator of the launch vehicle.
   
Ken Schwer, Spacecraft Mission Director

 
Ken Schwer, Spacecraft Mission Director (SMD)
The spacecraft mission manager provides the overall assessment of the spacecraft and its readiness to launch.
   
Joe Lackovich, NASA Advisory Manager




 
Joe Lackovich, NASA Advisory Manager (NAM)
The advisory manager provides consultation for assessing the launch process and countdown.
 
 
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