The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
is the funding agency for the Genesis mission. Genesis is
one of the competitively selected Discovery
Program's missions. The Discovery Program seeks to
keep performance high and expenses low by using new technologies
and strict cost caps.
The plan for distributing responsibilities among the partner
organizations uses scientific and technical expertise where
it exists at each institution. Use of the most qualified institutional
capabilities for each subcomponent of the mission assures
maximum benefits for the cost of the project.
A space mission requires the skill, vision, and expertise
of a number of organizations working together. The team for
||The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) is the funding agency for the Genesis mission.
The Delta 7326 launch vehicle will be provided by the
NASA Launch Vehicle Office. NASA's launch services include
vehicle production, standard launch site assembly, checkout,
launch countdown, and range support, as well as spacecraft/vehicle
integration, analysis, and postflight mission data evaluation.
Investigator Dr. Donald Burnett at the California
Institute of Technology (CIT) is the project scientist.
He leads the project and is ultimately responsible for
the success of the mission.
||The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) manages
the Genesis project. JPL has the technical responsibility
for developing the collector arrays and the payload canister,
integrating and testing the entire payload, and designing
and conducting the mission. The Genesis mission lead at
JPL is Project
Manager Don Sweetnam.
||Lockheed Martin Space Systems Operations
is the industrial partner in the Genesis mission. Lockheed
Martin Space Systems Operations plays a central role in
designing the mission and spacecraft at a reasonable cost
to achieve mission goals. Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Operations developed the carrier spacecraft and the sample
return capsule. In addition, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Operations was responsible for integrating the spacecraft
and science components, testing the entire flight system
before it is launched, operating the spacecraft while
in space, and recovering the sample return capsule when
it returns to Earth. The Genesis program manager at Lockheed
Martin Space Systems Operations is Joe Vellinga.
||Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) developed
and built the ion and electron spectrometers and solar
wind concentrator. LANL also designed the robotic logic
that controls the arrays and concentrator based on solar
wind data from the spectrometers. LANL is in charge of
monitoring the payload during flight. Roger
Wiens leads the work at LANL.
||Johnson Space Center (JSC) will prevent
and control contamination of the solar wind collectors.
JSC is also responsible for safely maintaining the returned
Control Lead Eileen Stansbery leads the Genesis efforts
at Johnson Space Center.
||Mid-continent Research for Education
and Learning (McREL) is responsible for education and
public outreach efforts to the public and to educators.
McREL develops and disseminates a wide range of materials
and public modules
online via the Genesis Web site.
is a small business that specializes in the development
and rapid prototyping of advanced aeronautical and civil
structures from inflatable shelters to parachute delivery
systems to spacecraft deceleration systems. Vertigo will
provide two mid-air retrieval, winch-based systems to
mount in two Genesis retrieval helicopters. Vertigo is
lead on the mid-air recovery flight operations. Helicopter
crew provided by Vertigo are: Roy Haggard - Lead Director
of Flight Operations Myles Elsing - Wing Director of Flight
Operations Brian Johnson - Lead Payload Master Lynn Fogleman
- Wing Payload Master The Vertigo Program Manager is Brook
SOUTH COAST HELICOPTERS South Coast Helicopters, Incorporated
in 1990, is a full-service commercial helicopter provider
certificated by the FAA for operations under Part 135
and 133. Their primary background has been in aerial construction,
firefighting and aerospace R & D projects. For the last
10 years, they have become one of the main providers of
aircraft, personnel and equipment to the film and television
industry. One South Coast helicopter will mid-air retrieve
(MAR) the SRC-under-parafoil and deliver it to a NASA
clean room. A second South Coast helicopter will act as
backup and will assist with recovery operations. Helicopter
crew provided by South Coast are: Cliff Fleming - Lead
MAR helicopter pilot Dan Rudert - Wing MAR helicopter