NASA’s Gateway Program is managed at Johnson but it is a global
endeavor. With so many stakeholders, it is critical to unite with our partners
to ensure that the logistics and scheduling align to achieve the ambitious
goal of landing the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024.
Will Hopkins is an Analyst on the Gateway Program Schedule
Team that is keeping us on schedule. A few weeks
ago we tagged along with Will to learn more about his role and went behind the
scenes to learn more about NASA’s lunar gateway.
Roundup invites you to
join us as we jump into a day in the life of the Artemis generation. The timeline below reflects Will's day on October 15, 2019.
5:45 a.m.: I wake
up to my Alexa “Start my day” routine which begins with weather, traffic, and
BBC World Service update and leads into my Fellowship of the Ring audiobook
(which I continue listening to on my commute).
6:50 a.m.: I get
set up for the Gateway Schedule Working Group which includes partners and
participants from the Johnson Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, Glenn
Research Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, ESA’s European Space Research
and Technology Centre, and JAXA’s Japan Space Exploration Center.
(The timing of the 7 a.m. meeting was the result of
negotiation as I generally make it a habit to not schedule meetings before 9:00
a.m. Central if I can get away with it, but 7 a.m. here is 14:00 Amsterdam
which is 21:00 Tokyo. All involved seem ~united~ and comfortable with the
8:00 a.m.: My
team lead and I (a.k.a. the Gateway Schedule Team – we’re it!) debrief after a
successful working group meeting in which we proposed a set of schedule control
milestones planned to be baselined later this month. As part of the Moon to
Mars Enterprise, Gateway and its constituent projects are challenged to meet an
aggressive schedule. In order to support the “Boots on the Moon 2024” plan,
schedule management is an absolute necessity.
~8:15 a.m.: We
decide it is best not to mention or discuss the Astros game (ALDS game 4) of
the previous day.
~8:17 a.m.: Venti
Iced Vanilla Latte from the Propellant Depot.
9:30 a.m.: Next
up is the “Moon to Mars Enterprise Schedule Management Weekly Tag” where we
work with schedulers from both the M2M Enterprise (based out of HQ and LaRC)
and from the Human Landing System (MSFC) to align our processes, tools,
thoughts, and discuss the most recent/relevant news.
11:00 a.m.: If
you haven’t heard, the JSC Building 3 cafeteria is open again! I had pork chops
with creamy spinach & mushroom sauce.
Noon: Gateway Risk
Working Group. (Risk, Schedule, and Cost are all part of the same codependent
triangle.) We run through the current Top Program Risks, and the schedule team
offers a risk that was brought up by ESA during our morning meeting.
1:30 p.m.: Weekly
Gateway Cost & Schedule Tag with Gateway Program Planning & Control. We
debrief our manager on the topics from the Schedule and Risk Working Groups and
discuss plans to address NASA’s programmatic requirements for the upcoming
Gateway Program synchronization review.
2:30 p.m.: I meet
informally with an old office mate who works with Exploration Extravehicular
Activity System (xEVA). We discuss organization, personnel, and explore options
for integrating xEVA schedule data into the overall Gateway Master Schedule.
3:26 p.m.: Noah
asks me to write a blog post for his new Roundup Series ‘A Day in the Life.’ My
immediate thought was “Absolutely not,” but I don’t tell him that. I warm up to
4:55 p.m.: More
Fellowship of the Ring audiobook for the commute.
6:00 p.m.: I
spend the rest of the evening working on a crewed Mars landing & return
mission on Kerbal Space Program.
Hopkins is an Analyst on the Gateway Program Schedule Team. This story is part
one in the series A Day in the Life: The Artemis Generation, highlighting
team members at Johnson who are leading NASA to the Moon and exemplifying the
center vision of Dare. Unite. Explore. If you know someone making
giant leaps on site, feel free to recommend them for the series by emailing email@example.com
Will Hopkins, Gateway Program Schedule Analyst at NASA's Johnson Space Center.