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TEERM Highlight

"Increasing Space Mission Resiliency through Sustainability"

Tentatively planning to be held at
European Space Agency (ESA)
European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
Madrid, Spain


October 2014

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European partners held the 12th annual International Workshop on Environment and Alternative Energy, October 21 - 24, 2014 at The Debus Conference Facility at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The theme of the workshop was “Increasing Space Mission Resiliency through Sustainability.” This event was hosted by NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Portuguese Center for Pollution Prevention (C3P). The Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) sponsored several Portuguese university students to attend the workshop, ESA sponsored one student from France, and NASA sponsored 3 students from universities in Florida.
150 individuals from 15 nations attended the workshop, including 26 students. Thirty-eight U.S. and international subject matter experts presented collaborative activities that are underway and sustainability measures that are being taken to increase resiliency of essential capabilities and space mission critical ground infrastructure required to support future missions.

August 2014

(GHG) Scope III Emission Reduction Pilot Project
In partnership with the Recycling and Sustainable Acquisition (RSA) Principal Center, members of TEERM participated in KSC’s Green House Gas (GHG) Scope III Emission Reduction Pilot Project. This project focused on the reduction of GHG Scope III emissions related to employee commuting and specifically on the benefits of electric and electric hybrid Privately Owned Vehicles POVs used by KSC employees. In return for provided electricity, participants provided data necessary to calculate Scope III emissions related to daily commutes. Calvin F. Williams, who serves as the Assistant Administrator for NASA’s Office of Strategic Infrastructure, presented the 2014 NASA Blue Marble Awards to each of the project team members that was preceded with congratulatory remarks. NASA's Environment and Energy "Blue Marble" Awards recognizes groups and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional environmental leadership in support of NASA's missions and goals and are presented every two years. This project also has the potential for earning "Innovation" credits for those Centers who have achieved LEED certification which recognizes the best strategies for energy reduction and conservation that is determined by the U.S. Green Building Council.

July 2014

NASA TEERM Demonstrates an Innovative Site Characterization and Remediation Technology
NASA TEERM is working with Stennis Space Center (SSC) and the developer of an innovative site characterization and remediation technology to address subsurface contamination at SSC. The technology, a combination of multiport groundwater sampling and remedial reagent injection well, is being demonstrated on an area of contaminated groundwater. The newly-developed well technology was installed using Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) techniques and will allow for more accurate determination of the discrete locations and magnitudes of contaminant sources when compared to traditional wells installed either horizontally or vertically. The innovative design will serve a dual purpose; a site characterization well to identify contaminant sources and then as a remediation well to precisely inject chemicals that will destroy those sources.

May 2014

Next phase of TEERM Hexavalent Chrome-free Coatings for Electronics Project is underway.
Working jointly with technical representatives from NASA, the Department and Defense, and industry, the Technology Evaluation for Environmental Risk Mitigation (TEERM) Principal Center is evaluating the suitability of trivalent chromium conversion coatings for use in applications where high-frequency electrical performance is important. This project is assessing the performance of trivalent chromium pretreatments against a hexavalent chrome pretreatment control material before and after environmental exposure. TEERM is currently working project stakeholders to finalize the test plan for this project.

April 2014

International Meetings with DLR and ESA
NASA TEERM, along with HQ Senior Managers from the Environmental Management Division, participated in meetings with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany and the European Space Agency and Technology Center in Noordwijk, Netherlands. The meetings with DLR resulted in opportunities that are of mutual interest in evaluating environmental technologies. The scope of these activities fit within an existing agreement between NASA and DLR. The importance of meeting with ESA was to discuss several topics, including the status of an international agreement between NASA and ESA in support of joint testing. Additional benefits from meeting face-to-face with our international partners were the verbal commitments to participate in the 12th Annual International Workshop on Environment and Alternative Energy, October 21 - 24, 2014 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

March 2014

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus
TEERM assisted with the acquisition of a low-mileage hydrogen fuel cell electric bus that was transported from the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratory. The bus is located at the KSC Ground Operations Demonstration Units site with plans to use it as a components-level test bed for evaluating novel technologies for energy generation and storage. Future plans may include occasional VIP transportation. To transport the bus from its DoD demonstration site in Washington state, NASA only had to cover the transportation costs. KSC is developing a near term assessment plan of the bus condition and adaptability to the proposed test bed usage. An engineer from the bus manufacturer, Proterra, will be visiting in April to address any questions or concerns with the vehicle.

February 2014

Lead-free (Pb) Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Council Meeting Hosted by KSC and TEERM
The NASA Technology Evaluation for Environmental Risk Mitigation (TEERM) Principal Center hosted a Lead-free (Pb) Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Council meeting February 11 – 13 at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida. PERM is comprised of members representing industry, Government and academic organizations who have a common interest in managing the risks of Pb-free electronics in aerospace, defense, and high performance electronic systems. This was the 19th PERM meeting that typically occurs on a tri-annual basis where the council members take a turn planning and hosting the meeting. Participants, including TEERM, presented their latest findings and recommendations from their respective Pb-free electronics risk management activities. There were 65 attendees representing 40 different organizations, both domestic and foreign.

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