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Deep Impact Launch Team
The launch team will assemble at their computer and communication consoles in the launch control center at Kennedy Space Center about three to four hours before the Deep Impact 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 launch 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 Boeing Mission Director. The NLM serves as the NASA Launch Director.
   
Darren Bedell NASA Chief Engineer





Darren Bedell
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.
   
Mike Stelzer Mission Integration Manager





Mike Stelzer
Mission Integration Manager (MIM)
The mission integration manager's responsibility is to performan an assessment of launch service and observatory readiness. The MIM receives information from the Deep Impact 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.
   
Rick Grammier Spacecraft Mission Director





Rick Grammier
Spacecraft Mission Director (SMD)
The spacecraft mission director's responsibility is for the overall assessment of the Deep Impact spacecraft and its readiness to launch. The SMD will receive status and recommendations from the Deep Impact launch support team. He provides the spacecraft "Go/No-Go" to the NLM.
   
Joe Lackovich 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.

NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center