Contacts Arranged by Partner Institutions
Hampton University (HU) is the
prime contractor with NASA and manages the programmatic
aspects of the project, including the NASA interface,
the subcontracts to the University of Colorado Laboratory
for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and other participating
universities, project reporting to NASA and manages
other administrative efforts required. The Principal
Investigator, Dr. James M. Russell III, at HU, leads
the science, instrument, and spacecraft teams. AIM data
will be analyzed and prepared for public archiving by
Hampton University with the assistance of GATS Inc.
Hampton University Public Relations Specialist
AIM Education & Public Outreach Director
AIM Education & Public Outreach Manager
Flight Center (NASA
NASA Public Affairs Representatives
for the AIM Mission
Public Affairs Officer
Space Center (NASA KSC)
for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
at the University of Colorado
will build two instruments for the AIM mission, the Cloud
Imaging and Particle Size (CIPS) instrument and the
Cosmic Dust Experiment (CDE).
LASP also designs and builds the Instrument Payload Interface
(IPI). LASP will manage the AIM mission and will control
the satellite after launch. LASP scientists will contribute
to the analysis of data from all AIM instruments and will
compare AIM observations of polar mesospheric clouds to
model calculations and to prior and concurrent measurements
from other instruments.
Sciences Corporation (OSC)
Orbital is responsible
for two key elements of the AIM Mission: the spacecraft
and the Pegasus launch vehicle. Orbital’s Space
Systems Division will complete the design and development,
and will manufacture and test the AIM spacecraft at Orbital’s
Dulles, Virginia satellite manufacturing facility.
VP, Corporate Communications
Dynamics Laboratory (SDL)
at Utah State University (USU)
designs, fabricates and calibrates the solar occultation
instrument, SOFIE (Solar
Occultation for Ice Experiment).
Research Laboratory (NRL)
The Upper Atmospheric Physics
branch of NRL's Space Science Division is an internationally
recognized center for the study of radiative, chemical
and dynamical processes in the Earth's middle and upper
atmosphere. NRL brings this expertise in data analysis
and modeling to AIM.
Inc. provides overall project data management leadership.
AIM data will be analyzed and prepared for public archiving
by Hampton University with the assistance of GATS, Inc.
GATS Chief of Operations
Data Manager, SOFIE
Mason University (GMU)
George Mason University's
role in the AIM mission is to help define and accomplish
the science and measurement objectives of the project,
in particular those related to understanding the water
budget in the polar mesosphere. This involves utilizing
chemical/dynamical models along with relevant observations
to quantify the relative contribution of gas phase chemistry,
surface chemistry, and sublimation/condensation to the
water budget in the vicinity of Polar Mesospheric Clouds
(PMCs). Understanding the water budget in the polar mesosphere
is a prerequisite for understanding how PMCs form and
evolve, and also for understanding how they respond to
changing global atmospheric conditions.
Director, Media Relations