We had a good NASA/ESA and NASA/CSA set of bilateral meetings last week in the Maryland area. We reviewed the preliminary Independent Review Team (IRT) findings from our mid December review. We thoroughly reviewed the contributions from an export control (ITAR) perspective with experts from NASA Hqs. Additionally, we went over all the relevant schedules for instrument delivery, spacecraft development, and guider definition studies. The next ESA/NASA bilateral is scheduled for the May timeframe in Europe. Fifteen formal action items were recorded.
Preparations are in work for a major March review of the Advanced Mirror Systems Demonstrator Program (AMSD) in Greenbelt. Progress against the 3 contractor's plans will be assessed by the government reviewers from each of the funding agencies (NASA/DoD). A mid term review of the cryostat study being done by Air Liquide in Europe will be held at ESTEC in mid February. Finally, an on-site review of progress in ambient testing of the U of A two meter NMSD mirror will be held in Tucson during the last week in February.
No news to report on the various procurement fronts. More later. yours, bernie
Bernard D. Seery
Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) Project Manager
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Mail Code 443, Bldg. 22/308
Greenbelt, MD 20771
For appointments, call Gail Dellagatta at 301-286-8260