NASA’s Stennis Space Center employee Dwayne LaVigne (second from left) of Picayune, Mississippi, is presented a NASA Space Flight Awareness Honoree award Aug. 16. He is joined by astronaut Steve Bowen (l to r), daughter Maggie, astronaut Nicole Mann, and NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy & Plans, Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate Greg Williams. Photo by NASA
Stennis Space Center employee Dwayne LaVigne of Picayune, Mississippi, was recognized Aug. 16 by NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program with an Honoree Award for outstanding support of human spaceflight. LaVigne is a complex controls engineer with Syncom Space Services at Stennis.
Greg Williams, NASA deputy associate administrator for Policy & Plans, Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate, along with astronauts Steve Bowen and Nicole Mann, presented the Honoree Awards during a ceremony in Orlando, Florida. LaVigne was recognized for his dedication and tireless efforts towards problem resolution.
In recognition of such flight program contributions, LaVigne traveled to Florida to tour Kennedy Space Center facilities and attend the Aug. 18 launch of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M). TDRS-M is a replenishment satellite for NASA’s Space Network. The network of TDRS satellites transmits data to and from ground stations on Earth for various near-Earth NASA missions and expendable launch vehicles. The satellites communicate necessary commands to these spacecraft and deliver reliable scientific data from space to scientists on Earth. All continuous, 24-7 International Space Station communication is provided through the Space Network. The newly launched satellite is the third and final in a series of third-generation TDRS spacecraft that have launched in recent years. It will enable the Space Network to provide critical space communications to its users, such as the Hubble Space Telescope, for an additional 15 years.
NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program recognizes outstanding job performances and contributions by civil service and contract employees throughout the year and focuses on excellence in quality and safety in support of human spaceflight. The Honoree Award is one of the highest honors presented to employees for their dedication to quality work and flight safety. Recipients must have contributed beyond their normal work requirements toward achieving a particular human spaceflight program goal; contributed to a major cost savings; been instrumental in developing material that increases reliability, efficiency or performance; assisted in operational improvements; or been a key player in developing a beneficial process improvement.