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

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DART Firing Room

The launch team will assemble at their computer and communication consoles in the launch control center at Vandenberg Air Force Base about three to four hours before the DART 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 Pegasus XL vehicle and payload are ready to go.

Omar Baez NASA Launch Manager

Omar Baez
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 DART Mission Director. The NLM serves as the NASA Launch Director.
James Wood NASA Chief Engineer

James Wood
NASA Chief Engineer (NCE)
The NASA engineering team leader 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.
Wanda Harding Mission Integration Manager

Wanda Harding
Mission Integration Manager (MIM)
The mission integration manager's responsibility is to perform an assessment of launch service and observatory readiness. The MIM receives information from the DART 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.
Jim Snoddy Spacecraft Mission Director

Jim Snoddy
Spacecraft Mission Director (SMD)
The spacecraft mission director's responsibility is for the overall assessment of the DART spacecraft and its readiness to launch. The SMD will receive status and recommendations from the DART launch support team. He provides the spacecraft "Go/No-Go" to the NLM.
NASA Advisory Manager

Joe Lackovich
NASA Advisory Manager (NAM)
The NASA advisory manager performs in an advisory capacity only involving assessment of the launch process and countdown. 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.

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