Kathy Lueders on Artemis, restructuring NASA and the ISS lifecycle - TechCrunch
Kathy Lueders, head of NASA's Space Action Mission Steering Group, joined us at TC Sessions: Space last week to discuss the group's destiny and future - and horror - in the top ten. next year of missions.
First, Lueders explained the rationale behind NASA's decision in September to split the Human Resources and Operational Mission Steering Group into two halves.
“Thirty years ago it was really, in the realm of human study, it was Shuttle, and then it was Shuttle and station… Now we have launched Commercial Crew ris, [Lunar] Gate, you know, HLS [Human Landing System]I mean mushrooms! ” she explained.
This placed too much emphasis on the existing structure and it was decided amicably to separate, for the most part, the development and design side from work. Lueders said she was glad he was put in charge of the latter.
“The best thing I have to do, you know, is the missions! I have to put them to death. ”She said. “I've spent about 15 years developing. But my favorite part was when we started flying. So imagine what - I'm strong in the aviation sector. So I am very, very happy to be there. I have to launch all the work and I love it. "
As the grand ceremonies unfold and all the glories unfold, Artemis and the associated lunar missions are more diverse and far-reaching. I asked which pieces of the puzzle might not get enough attention.
"It's the pieces of infrastructure that people don't talk about," she replied. "You know, we need power on the moon. We need to be able to move goods around the moon. We need to be able to communicate and rebroadcast in addition to the moon. We tend not to think of roads and power lines as sexy. But this is an infrastructure, if you ever run a business, you need these things to be able to work. Try running a business without power - try running a business without companies. ”
But not all her duties will be enjoyable. She was among those who saw the ISS go up, and will be there when it comes down - or at least, in the short term, it will be decommissioned.
“Oh gosh… I mean, when I moved to JSC [Johnson Space Center], he was to work on an International Space Station. So I was definitely one of the lucky people who came across the space station program at [mission] 2A. I was at work for two weeks and I got a chance to be at the launch, and there were people there who spent 10 years of their lives and were there crying. So I cry when we have to shut down the Space Station, ”she said. “But it was also terrible for us to let go of the Shuttle. Part of what we need to know is when is the right time, right?
“And now is the right time, because we need to get off and focus on living and working around the moon… and wherever other NASA people dream of being able to go. ”
TC + members can view the full panel at the top of this post.