The following documents the discussions addressed at the Senior Staff and
Center Directors’ Meeting on May 8, 2000. Mr. Goldin attended the
meeting. Action assignments have been placed in brackets [ ] for easy

1. AA Reports

I/Schumacher: Mr. Schumacher thanked everyone for supporting a very busy
week of international activities. These included the Administrator’s May
2, 2000, meeting with Mr. Nakasone, the Japanese Minister of Science and
Technology and the Minister’s visits to GSFC and ARC; GSFC hosting the
U.S.-Japanese Joint High Level Commission meeting on behalf of the
President’s Science Advisor; the Administrator’s trip to the GNSS2000
satellite navigation conference in Scotland to announce President
Clinton’s decision to cease the selective availability function on Global
Positioning Satellites (GPS); and Administrator/Associate Administrator
(AA) meetings with the President of the French Space Agency (CNES).

Y/Luther: Mr. Luther reported on the successful launch of The
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-L) at
approximately 3:07 a.m. on May 3, 2000. The second of a series of orbit
burns, required to raise the spacecraft from geostationary transfer orbit
to operational geostationary orbit, was successfully executed yesterday.
He congratulated and thanked both GSFC and KSC for their contributions to
the effort on GOES.

AO/Holcomb: Mr. Holcomb reported on the effects of the “ILOVEYOU” Virus
on NASA. First reports that the virus had hit NASA came about 7 a.m.,
Thursday, May 4. By noon, it was clear that several Centers had been
impacted. JSC, KSC, and MSFC went off the Internet and closed their mail
gateway. GSFC mail slowed significantly due to the load of defensive
mail filtering. Communication among Centers, assisted by the NASA
Incident Response Center (NASIRC), helped to minimize damage and speed
recovery. By Friday afternoon, all Centers, but JSC, were back on the
Net. JSC had restored internal mail service and plans to fully restore
external mail connections by noon today. JSC believes the virus has
destroyed several thousand files. Most of these should be recoverable
from backup, but very recent files may be lost. NASA’s Information
Technology (IT) security team will draw “lessons learned” at their
workshop, being hosted by ARC, this week. They will look for ways to
more effectively defend against such viruses in the future.

K/Thomas: Mr. Thomas reported that May is Asian Pacific-American
Heritage Month. NASA is to receive an award this Saturday.

L/Heffernan: Mr. Heffernan reported that the House Science Committee
will hold a hearing regarding the Mars Polar Lander (MPL) and the Mars
Climate Orbiter (MCO) on May 11. (The Administrator’s May 11 testimony
has been postponed.) The House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation
will hold a hearing on NASA’s aerospace work on May 16.

Z/Garver: Ms. Garver thanked JSC for supporting last week’s visit from
and briefing of Dr. Neal Lane, the President’s Science Advisor.

2. Center Reports

ARC/McDonald: Dr. McDonald reported that the NASA IT Security Team will
meet at ARC on May 11, 2000.

GRC/Earls: Dr. Earls reported on the Loop Heat Pipe Ice Protection
System Testing, a new ice protection technology developed under the GRC
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) funding, which has recently
been tested at the BFGoodrich icing wind tunnel. The test article was
the inlet for the planned Predator-B Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that
has recently been selected as the vehicle for the NASA Environmental
Research Aircraft & Sensor Technology (ERAST) program. The ice
protection system makes use of loop heat pipes which will transport waste
heat from the aircraft engine to the inlet, thus protecting the surface
from ice and eliminating the need for drag-inducing engine coolers. This
NASA-funded technology is the first truly unique form of ice protection
that has been developed in the last 10 years. It shows the promise of
providing ice protection and engine heat removal with little or no power

GSFC/Diaz: Mr. Diaz reported on the following: 1) He thanked KSC for
supporting the GOES launch (which had been delayed for 1 year due to
Atlas Centaur problems.) They did a terrific job in recovery. The
clients are pleased. 2) On Friday, Mr. Diaz received an award from
Bowie State University in appreciation for GSFC’s efforts to share its
resources with a diverse array of America’s citizenry. This is the first
time this award has been given to an organization and not an individual.
3) The Hubble Space Telescope image will appear on the sides of U-Haul

JSC/Abbey: Mr. Abbey reported on the following: 1) The STS-101 crew
came to the Cape on Sunday. They are in quarantine this week. 2) Mir
and Zarya are doing well except for a problem on battery number three
that is being investigated.

KSC/Bridges: Mr. Bridges thanked all the AA’s at NASA Headquarters for
approving the KSC reorganization. Additionally, Mr. Bridges stated that
the GOES launch was a great team effort.

MSFC/Griner: Ms. Griner reported that MSFC was hit by the “ILOVEYOU”
Virus, but by midnight on Thursday, MSFC was back in business. The NASA
Integrated Action Team (NIAT), chartered by Brian Keegan, is meeting at
MSFC this week.

3. Mr. Goldin

Mr. Goldin began by congratulating the GOES launch team on their
contribution in ensuring that this satellite is in place prior to the
hurricane season. He also commended Joe Rothenberg for his courageous
decision to reschedule the Shuttle launch date since the weather
satellite can help more people.

Mr. Goldin stated that the Red Team review process appears to be working.
He encouraged the teams to take their time to determine what needs to be
done on the projects scheduled for launch this year. If additional
resources are necessary, Enterprises should work with the Comptroller’s

Mr. Goldin then discussed the Administrator’s Weekly Topic #17 entitled,
“Integrated Systems Testing.” He explained that thorough testing is
essential to ensure that system performance meets design requirements and
that adequate margins are demonstrated to enhance the probability of
mission success. This topic, in its entirety, and a point of contact for
additional information, is located at on the Administrator’s
Weekly Topics Web site.

Mr. Goldin stated that when Centers develop techniques for testing, it is
important that these techniques simulate the actual mission environment.
NASA should be viewed as a leader in Integrated Systems Testing.
Regarding new testing techniques, Mr. Goldin tasked each Center Director
to personally understand the new test techniques, their limitations, and
to educate their workforce.

[Mr. Goldin also discussed the evolution of soft computing on NASA
projects and the critical role software plays in mission success. Mr.
Goldin directed Code R, the Chief Engineer, and the Chief Information
Officer to develop a plan in the next 2 months to integrate soft
computing concept and methods into future NASA projects. The plan should
include options, timelines, and technology areas on which to focus.]



Officials-in-Charge of NASA Headquarters Offices:

AI/Dr. Mulville

AB/Ms. Tagg

AC/Gen. Armstrong

AE/Mr. Keegan

AJ/Mr. Tam

AO/Mr. Holcomb

AS/Dr. Olsen

B/Mr. Holz

C/Mr. Christensen

E/Mr. Reese

F/Ms. Novak

G/Mr. Frankle

H/Mr. Luedtke

I/Mr. Schumacher

J/Mr. Sutton

K/Mr. Thomas

L/Mr. Heffernan

M/Mr. Rothenberg

P/Ms. Wilhide

Q/Mr. Gregory

R/Mr. Venneri

S/Dr. Weiler

U/Dr. Nicogossian

W/Ms. Gross

Y/Dr. Asrar

Z/Ms. Garver

Directors, NASA Centers:

ARC/Dr. McDonald

DFRC/Mr. Petersen

GRC/Mr. Campbell

GSFC/Mr. Diaz

JSC/Mr. Abbey

KSC/Mr. Bridges

LaRC/Dr. Creedon

MSFC/Mr. Stephenson

SSC/Mr. Estess

Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory:

Dr. Stone


A/Ms. Roberts

AB/Ms. Saldana

AC/Ms. Landrus

AE/Ms. Moore

AI/Ms. Shaeffer

AI/Ms. Bloxon

AI/Ms. Soper

AO/Ms. Wissinger

AS/Ms. Simms

CIC/Ms. Grimes

CIC/Ms. Hoover

CIC/Ms. Coates

CIC/Ms. Fenner

CIC/Ms. Maynor

CIC/Ms. Doyle