Spaceport’s project manager thrives in a unique job
When the Minotaur rocket carrying the TacSat-3 military satellite blasted off last month from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, one of the people who helped it happen was a Saxis native and mother of two whose job it is to ensure spaceport customers have everything they need to succeed.
Michelle Marshall is the spaceport’s launch project manager, responsible for assisting customers all the way from the initial planning stages of a mission through launch day and afterward.
She is one of only three employees in the spaceport office, located in a former gas station on the main base at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. She, Spaceport Manager Rick Baldwin and recently hired Construction Manager Sheila Taylor share the cramped quarters from which the budding spaceport’s business is conducted.
In the last year, the pace picked up considerably after Orbital Sciences Corp.’s announcement last summer that it would use the spaceport as its base of operations for a 2010 test mission of its new Taurus II rocket, which is being developed to carry cargo to the International Space Station.
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