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. SLS Associate Program Manager Lewis Wooten 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.
[ NASA SLS Images Gallery 1 ] [ NASA SLS Images Gallery 2 ]
About Lewis Wooten
Lewis Wooten is the Associate Program Manager of NASA's Space Launch
System (SLS) Program Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville, Alabama. He supports management of SLS program activities
leading to development of America’s deep-space rocket for human and
In this role, Mr. Wooten shares responsibility for a nationwide
workforce of more than 4,200 civil servants and contractors, including
all facets of the program.
He came to the SLS Program as director of the Mission Operations Laboratory in Engineering Directorate, which include the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Operations Integration Center. In that position, he oversaw more than 500 civil service and contractor employees analyzing and developing flight and ground support systems including managing the around-the-clock science operations on the International Space Station.
Since joining Marshall Space Flight Center in 1980, Wooten has served as an engineer and payload operations director on Spacelab missions, a self-contained lab that flew in the cargo bay of the space shuttles and served as an early model for the International Space Station; flight director of the Chandra X-Ray Telescope in the 1990s, coordinating the technical and science operations teams for the world’s most powerful X-ray telescope; the Operations and Supportability manager for Ares project; and manager of avionics integration for Space Launch System.
Wooten holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Fort Valley State University in Georgia and a master's degree in applied mathematics from Atlanta University in Georgia, now known as Clark Atlanta University. He has earned numerous awards with the space agency, including a NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership, a NASA Medal for Exceptional Achievement, a Director’s Commendation Award, a NASA Certificate of Appreciation, a Marshall Certificate of Appreciation, and many group achievement and special service awards.
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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