JSC Annual Report FY97





Director's
Statement



Highlights


Mission


Profile


Management
Initiatives



Operations


Research and
Development



Aerospace and the
Business Communities



JSC and the
Community



CFO's
Statement



Financial
Information



Notes

  Highlights

Fiscal Year (FY) 1997, from October 1, 1996, to September 30, 1997, was a period of accomplishment for the Johnson Space Center in operations, research and development, commercialization of space and in growing relationships with the community. Among the year's highlights:


Space Station Node in production


Preflight training


Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory


Full-scale shuttle mockup

  • The successful launch of eight space shuttle missions, including three to the Russian space station Mir.
  • Continued progress on the International Space Station, with shipment of the first U.S.-made component to the launch site and agreement of the international partners on an updated assembly schedule.
  • Growth of the Johnson Space Center's responsibilities in assuming lead center role for space flight operations.
  • Broadening of the Center's role in space, in the Shuttle-Mir program and especially in International Space Station activities.
  • Advances in a number of technologies, including the concept for the first new crewed spacecraft in more than 20 years and advanced life support systems.
  • An increased focus on commercialization of space, with an increase in interest from the private sector.
  • Outsourcing of operations through consolidated contracts in favor of research and development and core competencies.
  • Adoption of the Johnson Space Center Quality System, based on the ISO 9001 standard and leading to ISO 9001 registration.
  • The annual Safety and Total Health Day emphasizing the Center's safety focus.