Members of Artemis: Jeremy Parsons, Director of NASA Exploration Ground Systems

Artemis 1 at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B after its March 17-18, 2022. Courtesy: Scott Johnson / Spaceflight Insider

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – With the re -launch of the new moon rocket Artemis 1 Space Launch System (SLS), Spaceflight Insider had the opportunity to speak with some of the people involved in its design, construction, team and flight – the people of Artemis.

One of them was Jeremy W. Parsons, program director of NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS).

The EGS project is based at the Kennedy Space Center and is “designed to develop and navigate the systems and equipment needed to build and launch rocks and aircraft.” EGS has about 3,000 employees – including NASA staff and contractors.

Parsons was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Miami. He lives on Merritt Island, Florida, with his wife, Jessica, and two young daughters.

Jeremy W. Parsons, vice president of NASA’s Ground Systems Exploration program.  Found: NASA

Jeremy W. Parsons, vice president of NASA’s Ground Systems Exploration program. Found: NASA

Parsons ’grandfather worked on the Atlas project at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and then at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. His father also worked at Kennedy.

He has been with NASA since 2002, and EGS for over 10 years. He was appointed to his current position in 2019 – working for EGS Manager Mike Bolger.

Spaceflight Insider asked what we would know if we “laughed” at him in the past two weeks.

“Very good,” Parsons said. “We worked hard. And when you get to a place like this, you can’t find the chads hanging around, you can’t take anything off. Therefore, we urge our teams to replace all their paperwork, every little thing, every pile of paint that has been created, and when we leave we will never return. pave the way. “

Because he said “paint,” we asked about adding the NASA “worm” logo painted on the Artemis 1 solid rocket boosters (SRBs).

He “[former NASA Administrator, Jim] The Bridenstine decision, “Parsons said. But,” we’ve been very helpful in setting up some agreements to do that. “

“When you see it, it’s awful,” he said. “Our team really did the best things. What they did was they really put the laser on, they shot the laser right there,… put it on the booster, tape it around. That, and then they go in and paint. They did a very good job. “

Continuing the theme of the previous EGS project, Parsons said: “We’ve kept the most relevant stages in the final preparations because you’re moving through each one. [Vehicle Assembly Building work] thresholds, you’re looking for last minute problems, you’re making sure there’s no obstacle to running. If there are any problems, or decisions, it must be admitted that we are in the middle of it all, the way of printing.

“More broadly, we’re trying to get the word out about what we’re doing. It’s kind of showing our baby to the world, if you will,” Parsons said. “Now is a very good time to do it. We’re very lucky to have a lot of people who want to be a part of it.”

Then we asked about the unique role of EGS in the entire Artemis project.

“We’re responsible for assembling the rocket,” Parsons said, “We have every SRB unit, we have the base base,… You’re putting the base base on top of the telephone operator, and you are less than an inch away, is an Exploration Ground Systems man running the crane.Our engineers are leading the recording.

“Our people run the tests. They really run the starting point,” he said. “The Exploration Ground Systems people are looking at the car pressures, the monitoring systems, the temperatures, everything. That’s what we have on the world here. The guy who’s throwing the power switch, is watching. The man, or gal, I have to say, putting the hypergols in the car is us. Putting the cryos, it’s us.

In addition, we asked how EGS would interact with other NASA projects, centers and contractors, such as Boeing (SLS core stage), Northrup Grumman (SLS SRBs and Launch Abort System), and and Lockheed Martin (Orion capsule).

“When he comes down, our team will lead him,” Parsons said. “What Marshall [Space Flight Center] and Johnson [Space Center] maintaining planning power. So if I control that box and it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do, we say ‘hey.’ We work with them to fix those problems and, in many cases, our people go in and make the change, change the box, do everything.

Lastly, we asked how to get the first rollout.

“It’s been a long time coming. I’m very happy,” Parsons said. “I have two daughters. They are going out today. And I, more than anyone, want to see their faces when they see how big this car is. They don’t seem to know. In my opinion, 322 feet tall, is taller than the Statue of Liberty. I want to see their faces.

“When my second daughter was about two years old, I took a leadership role in trying, doing things. [Mobile Launcher 1 / SLS] umbilicals, and after a period of time, “he said.” So I worked six to seven days a week, sort of on all those things, and I wanted them to know. in terms of. “

Stay tuned to Spaceflight Insider for more about the people of Artemis.

Tagged: Artemis 1 Artemis I Artemis Project Exploration Ground Systems Human Space Flight Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39B NASA Orion Space Launch System The Range

Scott Johnson

Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in government administration, as well as a law degree, from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He currently practices law in the Birmingham area of ​​Homewood. Scott first remembers visiting the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1978 to take a closer look at the first orbiter, the Enterprise, which was taken to Huntsville for intensive testing. Today, in 2006, he participated in a campaign at the United States Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) to restore the Skylab 1-G Trainer. This led to a volunteer position, with the USSRC curator, where he worked for many years managing exhibitors and archives, as well as aircraft equipment. Scott has gone on STS – 110, 116 and 135 release vehicles, with Ares IX, Atlas V MSL and Delta IV NROL -15 releases. Today, it covers the Atlas V SBIRS GEO-2 and MAVEN releases, as well as the Antares ORB-1, SpaceX CRS-3, and Orion EFT-1 releases.

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