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Launch Services Program Series: DART Mission

Tiffany Nail Host:
Tiffany Nail
Launch Services
Support Specialist

Mission and Science:
While NASA has performed rendezvous missions in the past, the Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology (DART) will be the first performed entirely by computer. This webcast gives you an inside look at this groundbreaking mission.
Event Date: October 23, 2004
Program Began: 4 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. EDT)

Launch Date: No earlier than March 2, 2005

+ View DART Launch, Mission and Technology Question Board
+ View program introduction and welcome
+ View transcript

Lt. Lee Barnhill Special Guest:
Lee Barnhill
1 Lt., U.S. Air Force
Launch Weather
Overview: An Air Force weather officer will give us an update on the launch day forecast, and what conditions are required for a safe launch.
+ View weather briefing
+ View transcript
Pegasus XL Rocket Presentation:
Bryan Baldwin
Pegasus Program
Learn about the Pegasus rocket's unique airborne launch platform with this presentation by Baldwin.
+ View Bryan Baldwin's presenation
+ View transcript
Artist concept of DART spacecraft. Presentation:
Tim Rumford
DART Program
Rumford will explain the new technologies that make the DART mission so unique and important.
+ View Tim Rumford's presentation
+ View transcript
Omar Baez Special Guest:
Omar Baez
NASA Launch
How do you prepare a rocket and spacecraft for the stresses of launch and life in space? Baez will explain launch processing for the DART mission and what to look for during the countdown.
+ View Omar Baez's presentation and Q&A
+ Read Transcript
Jim Snoddy Special Guest:
Jim Snoddy
NASA Project
Snoddy takes you behind the scenes with a look at NASA's goals for this pioneering mission, and the advanced technology it requires.
+ View Jim Snoddy's presentation and Q&A
+ Read Transcript

+ View conclusion and program credits
+ Read Transcript

Prize Winners:
Rich from Elk Grove - Mission and Science
Merion School - Mission and Science

The individuals above are our Grand Prize Winners. They will each receive a DART program package comprising an official launch poster, mission fact sheet, patch and lapel pin.