Author: Lindy Elkins-Tanton
October 24, 2018 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
It’s the festive completion of the mission’s formulation stage What’s a PDR? A Preliminary Design Review. The objective is to evaluate the project’s readiness to proceed with implementation,...
July 11, 2018 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
Planning to measure an unknown asteroid
Instrument robustness when you don’t know what you’re going to see We’ve got a leading hypothesis about the asteroid (16) Psyche: it is the metal core of a tiny planet that had its rocky...
April 19, 2018 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
Adventures in AcronymLand
In honor of Psyche mission’s PMSR, our first big review, I post here all the year’s tweets on NASA acronyms.
April 9, 2018 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
How do we estimate the resources we need to cover future unknowns? In every flight project — indeed in every complex project — the costs tend to go up over time from the first estimates...
January 3, 2018 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
Happy Birthday Psyche: Year 1
We were selected for flight January 4, 2017…what have we been doing this year?
October 23, 2017 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
Is it Football or is it Rocket Science?
One August morning this year I got an email saying, “Did you hear President Crow challenged the football team to perform as well as Psyche team?” What?
August 28, 2017 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
What in the world is Phase B?
I think it’s taken me these six months to figure out Phase B, where we are right now, myself. Let me share.
August 22, 2017 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
The day that NASA called
This is the Facebook post that I wrote that day, January 4, 2017: I just looked up and it is now dark out, and 8:00 at night…the day has more than flown, it has evaporated.
August 15, 2017 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
This is the Facebook post that I wrote three days before selection, January 1, 2017…