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
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.