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Swift is part of NASA's medium explorer (MIDEX) program and will be launched into a low-Earth orbit on a Boeing Delta 7320 launch vehicle.

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Swift Firing Room

The launch team will assemble at their computers and communication consoles in the launch control center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) about 3 to 4 hours before the Swift launch.

The NASA launch manager (NLM) will be the highest authority during the launch of the mission and will provide NASA's "Go/No-Go" decision to the Mission Director.

Before launch, the NLM will check with the launch team to make sure all the launch criteria are being met and that the Boeing Delta 7320 vehicle and payload are ready to go.

Chuck Dovale NASA Launch Manager

Chuck Dovale
NASA Launch Manager (NLM)
The NLM is responsible for ensuring that the countdown and launch decision processes are properly conducted. He requires "Go/No-Go" concurrence from the following elements: NCE, MIM, SMA, SHIA, SMD and NAM. He then provides NASA's "Go/No-Go" for launch to the Boeing Mission Director (BMD). The NLM serves as the NASA Launch Director.
Picture of Swift spacecraft
Mike Hallett

NASA Chief Engineer (NCE)
The NASA engineering team leader, the NCE is responsible for advising the NLM of the launch vehicle's engineering and analysis status and the Go/No-Go for launch. He receives the status and assessment from the KSC Engineering Team and provides a "Go/No-Go" to the NLM.
Rex Englehardt Mission Integration Manager

Rex Engelhardt
Mission Integration Manager (MIM)
Assessment of launch service and observatory readiness. The MIM receives information from the Swift Mission Director on issues pertaining to overall health, status of operational network and/or progress of countdown operations. The MIM is the primary interface between the spacecraft and the launch vehicle.
Bert Garrido NASA Safety & Mission Assurance Manager

Bert Garrido
Safety & Mission Assurance Manager (SMA)
The NASA Safety and Mission Assurance Manager represents NASA SMA (spacecraft and launch vehicle) and is responsible for the overall Safety, Quality, and Independent Assessment aspects of the launch countdown.
Joe Dezio Spacecraft Mission Director

Joe Dezio
Spacecraft Mission Director (SMD)
Overall assessment of Swift readiness. The SMD is responsible for Swift and its readiness for launch. The SMD will receive status and recommendations from the Swift launch support team. He provides the spacecraft "Go/No-Go" to the NLM.
Joe Lackovich NASA Advisory Manager

Joe Lackovich
NASA Advisory Manager (NAM)
Consultation and assessment of the launch process and countdown (advisory only). The NAM leads a team composed of NASA personnel who are experienced in launch operations. The Advisory Team provides an assessment of the launch countdown and launch team performance, and assures that the launch decision process is properly executed.

Did You Know?
The seating assignments in the Firing Room change according to the launch vehicle. For example, the seating arrangement for a launch using a Delta II launch vehicle may be different from the seating arrangement for a launch using a Delta II Heavy or a Pegasus launch vehicle.

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