August 16, 2020
PI Daily, August 2020
Starting January 1, 2020…
a new series of daily mission activity Tweets from Psyche Principal Investigator (PI) Lindy Elkins-Tanton.
The goal? To share an inside look at the chores, challenges, tasks, assignments, duties, and more taken on by a NASA mission PI!
Follow along on @MissionToPsyche or below.
Today was an unusual day! Set up a home studio & filmed @PoetryInAmerica w Elisa New. Deeply enjoyed discussing Ammons' poem Cascadilla Creek – involves conflict btwn the inaccessible scales of universe and our human efforts. Brought in a bit of @MissionToPsyche. pic.twitter.com/GpElK1egqz
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 28, 2020
Huge lift to my spirits, seeing and talking with these teammates. 130 ppl online for the webinar right now. pic.twitter.com/gi3V3jnsXw
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 27, 2020
This morning in @MissionToPsyche review w @SpaceX we talked a lot about shock and vibe – critical not to exceed instrument tolerances, and requires detailed finite element modeling. Now, limits on radiated emissions from launch vehicle and s/c. #PI_Daily https://t.co/yMATNTE4w3
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 26, 2020
Seemingly unrelated jobs today…
– Launch MSRR. Ever think abt how launch vehicle releases s/c w no angular momentum in any axis?
– Organizing papers about mission for pre-launch
– Awaiting NASA HQ's budget deliberations (they've got the really hard work now) pic.twitter.com/CWfeLuWwaW
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 25, 2020
Tomorrow and next day is very exciting Mission Systems Requirements Review (MSRR) for the LAUNCH!
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 24, 2020
Oh, it's budgets budgets budgets all the day long!
Imager's green "go" filter for inspiration. pic.twitter.com/khERisRfKq
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 21, 2020
Today, our super-abbreviated Monthly Management Review. [In which we discover our productivity and budget trending in the right direction.]
And Proj. Mgt. 1:1. [In which we re-discover that we have similar mgt styles, ethics, and priorities, and feel thankful.]
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 19, 2020
What we're working on:
How can we reduce budget to offset COVID costs?
How do we get subs to deliver a better product? On better schedule?
Plus, let's write all our pre-flight science & instrument papers!
P.S. All tests in fm yesterday: I am CLEAR of cancer 6 years! pic.twitter.com/agBwcXtj5Q
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 18, 2020
Worth sharing, I think, life goes on whilst PI-ing#PI_Daily
Not working much on @MissionToPsyche, bc all day at Mayo having MRI & other scans (IV, ugh), blood tests, dr. chats, to confirm ovarian cancer is not back. So far looks good!
LIVE YOUR LIFEhttps://t.co/DnhJXJsAlh
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 17, 2020
1st time I appreciated Earned Value Mgt. Lets us calc exactly how much @MissionToPsyche team productivity dropped bc of COVID, thus cost of catch up.
Still working beautifully to 2022 launch. Keep fingers crossed, friends, this is not easy!
Pic – last night's tstorms pic.twitter.com/EY4BYol6pN
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 13, 2020
Today's forecast 100% Psyche 🛰️ w a 80% chance of emergencies 👩🔧 and also email replies from me 📨.
All 10 mtgs colored orange or red in my calendar. Talking across whole team, line to NASA HQ, making it work!
COVID…we'll figure this all out!
(photo: mine) pic.twitter.com/dWsVV6maY6
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 11, 2020
Published a new blog post today!
What would Mark Watney do? From @MissionToPsyche's system engineer Bill Hart, explaining the amazing fact that in planning a solar electric mission, in some ways, mass = power. Plus, what is margin? https://t.co/nzXkgSHHyj
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 10, 2020
Working w @Jim_Bell and our PS Carol P. on a Springer edited volume of articles on @MissionToPsyche. Will be science and instruments, published in time for launch, the "before" benchmark…can't wait for the "during" and "after" benchmarks in our sci and eng knowledge!
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 7, 2020
A day when work is mostly concerned w other projects & preparing to teach, but Psyche is always passing thru, in the email, in scheduling mtgs and calls, and in reading pre-publication papers from other missions and commenting on them for the press!
(Wikipedia image) pic.twitter.com/Q8oX4KWb6o
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 6, 2020
– Proj. Sys. Eng'g + Change Control Board
– Risk Board – reevaluate top risks. Some r subsiding!
– Qtly report 2 NASA HQ
– Henry (PM) & Lindy 1:1
– Work subcontractor issues.
Also, saving a gopher snake trapped in chicken wire. No metaphor. pic.twitter.com/NXVzyQX5Dt
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 5, 2020
Phew, some days tougher than others! Having trouble w subcontractors delivering parts for @MissionToPsyche. & all problems = $.
But, our ppl are well. Matters much more.
Wish we could make them ourselves in our shed…I cleaned it out and am feeling pleased w it. pic.twitter.com/J80l1MxJhh
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 4, 2020
Today was Center Mgt Council meeting, where @NASAJPL confirms they agree w & support @MissionToPsyche's #COVID replan. All is well, team did a great job figuring out how much productivity loss (=$$) COVID has caused. We're still on track, our schedule still closes! pic.twitter.com/VFl1RlLMOA
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) August 3, 2020