Space Launch System: The Next Steps Toward the Giant Leap

August 3, 2017 at 7 pm at USSRC Education Training Facility
Andy Schorr, Deputy Manager for the Spacecraft/Payload Integration and Evolution (SPIE) Element of the Space Launch System (SLS) Program

This is HAL5's yearly update on NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). As NASA's SLS rocket moves closer to its first launch, the agency continues to mature its plans for the future of space exploration it will enable. Mr. Schorr will explain the progress being made to prepare SLS for its first launch (and second), how those early missions will pave the way for further exploration, and the game-changing opportunities SLS presents for science missions. Before the talk, check out some awesome SLS Infographics. #NASASLS #JourneytoMars

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About Andy Schorr


Andy Schorr is the Deputy Manager for the Spacecraft/Payload Integration and Evolution (SPIE) Element of the Space Launch System (SLS) Program located at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He is responsible for development and qualification of the Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter, Orion Stage Adapter and Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage hardware components.

SLS will provide an entirely new capability for human and scientific exploration beyond Earth orbit. Designed to be flexible for crew or cargo missions, the SLS will offer unique payload accommodations and unrivaled performance to expand boundaries and knowledge.

Schorr became assistant manager for the SPIE Office in 2013 and deputy manager in 2017. He began his career as a propulsion engineer at Martin Marietta - Denver, as an analyst supporting development of propellant ground support systems for the Space Shuttle launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base and later supporting Return-to-Flight efforts following the Challenger accident. Mr. Schorr joined NASA in 1991 as a member of the Space Shuttle Redesigned Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM) Chief Engineer’s Office. As the Constellation Program was initiated in 2005, Mr. Schorr was selected as the Lead for design and development of the shuttle-derived five-segment motor, which today is utilized as a key component of the SLS vehicle architecture.

Mr. Schorr graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1985. He has received numerous awards including a Silver Snoopy, Silver Achievement Medal, and Exceptional Achievement Medal among other recognitions. (July 2017)


USSRC Education Training Facility

U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Education Training Facility (ETF) is located approximate at 5 Tranquility Base [Google Map] on the campus of U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC). Sometime the online maps will take you to the Marriott, which share the same address. It is the brown building just after the turn to the Marriott when you are approaching USSRC. It has both the USSRC and NASA logo on the main entrance. On Google Map it is listed as "Marshall Institute Education Training Facility. HAL5's meeting takes place in the main auditorium on the first floor. Toward the back of the building when you come in. There will be signage pointing you to the auditorium.


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