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Meet the Launch Team
NASA's Launch Services Program gives the 'go' for launch!

The launch team members assemble at their computer and communication consoles in the Launch Control Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station about three to four hours before the launch.

The NASA launch manager is the highest authority during the launch of the mission 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.

Images of launch control, data center, and telemetry lab.

Omar Baez, NASA Launch Manager

Omar Baez , NASA Launch Manager
The launch manager ensures that the countdown and launch decision processes are properly followed.
Thomas Reinarts, Senior Chief Engineer

Thomas Reinarts, NASA Chief Engineer
The chief engineer is responsible for advising the launch manager of the launch vehicle's engineering and analysis status for launch.
Armando Piloto, mission manager
Armando Piloto, Mission Manager
The mission manager serves as the primary interface between the spacecraft and the launch vehicle.
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Bert Garrido, NASA Safety & Mission Assurance Manager

Bert Garrido LSP Chief Safety Officer
The LSP Chief Safety Officer is responsible for spacecraft and launch vehicle overall safety, quality and assessment of the launch countdown.
THEMIS spacecraft mission director Frank Snow.

Keyur Patel, Spacecraft Mission Director
The spacecraft mission director provides the overall assessment of the spacecraft and its readiness to launch.
Joe Lackovich NASA Advisory Manager

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

NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center