CASA MISSION 2513 Our 25 Anniversary Mission!

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Our 25

Anniversary Mission!

Mission Application


9, 2013

This is your personal invitation to apply for a position as a member of the Columbia Aeronautic and Space
Association mission team as we begin preparations for the


2013 space simulation. CASA offers you the
opportunity to develop many talents including your problem solving and communication skills in a series of intense
on experiences that are as realistic as they are fun and challenging. You’ll find
our approach to discovery and
application of both basic and advanced concepts of science and technology intriguing and engaging.

CASA, which started in 1988 at Rock Bridge High School, has grown into an organization encompassing students
and staff represe
nting grade levels K
12, parents, Partners in Education and interested members of the community.
The CASA space complex, located in Hickman High School’s Integrated and Applied Simulations Laboratory, is the
hub around which each simulation is planned and

executed. The complex includes Mission Control, Production, the
Public Affairs Office, the star field (a simulated space environment), the Orbiter (space shuttle) and the Space
Station Freedom, modeled after the International Space Station (ISS). The Sp
ace Station Freedom consists of the
command module (the bridge and isolation), the biocube (the science/medical module) and the habitat module
(living quarters). The physical structure of the space complex is complimented by an impressive array of
cations equipment, both audio and video, as well as electronic testing and maintenance. There is also a
robotic arm assembly modeled after the Canadian arm on the ISS and an elaborate docking bay system to connect
the orbiter to the space station.

as grown into one of the most dynamic programs offered through Columbia Public Schools; it is a national
leader in aerospace simulations. CASA reaches hundreds of students from elementary grades through high school.
Our annual simulation last February, M
ission 2412, “Event Horizon”, was focused on the study of black holes and
their expansion throughout solar systems. We covered many areas from trying out an experimental zero
device to reading NuSTAR satellite data to keep track of black holes in th
e area. Last year, Mission Control
specialists and the astronauts had to deal with several physical and code based problems, but eventually overcame
them. Unfortunately, the International Space Station was swallowed by a Black Hole

an unfortunate ending

Many important visitors came to the CASA facility during our mission including Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid,
former astronaut Col. Steve Nagel, a satellite team from the University of Missouri Science and Technology,
Missouri State Representative
Stephen Webber, and reporters from the Columbia Tribune and the Missourian. We
also talked to Anne Esbeck, a former CASA student working at Johnson Space Flight Center and Ed VanCise,
NASA’s Lead Flight Director for the Increment 28 crew.

If you would l
ike to take advantage of this opportunity and are willing to devote one afternoon a week after
school during November, December and January for training, complete the attached application (or
download the application off our website and
return it to Fred Thompson (Hickman) by
October 1
, 2012.
You are not required to be in the CASA lab during the entire mission; only as much as
you, your parents and teachers agree upon.

If you have any questions contact us at:

Hickman High School


CASA, Room 105


11 a.m. 573

1104 North Providence Road

Columbia, MO. 65203


Mission Opportunities


Astronauts perform experiments and take care of the daily operations of Space
Station Freedom. These are the
students who enjoy the majority of the on
air Mediacom footage. Technical Specialists are highly trained on one of
the three systems of the station. Their duties include monitoring power use in the EPS (energy power systems
thermal situations in the TCS (thermal control systems), and life support malfunctions in the ECLSS (energy
control, life support systems) on the space station. These astronauts are responsible for monitoring the systems,
detecting problems, and fixing

them. Astronauts are led by a student who is highly experienced in all areas of the
station. The Station Commander helps to make sure all other positions are successful. Medical officers monitor the
astronauts’ condition while on the Space Station and

handle all medical emergencies. They are responsible for the
astronauts’ health, including diet and exercise and also monitor the water for contaminants and other negatives that
could be detrimental to the astronauts’ health
The science officers are in
charge of the science experiments running
on the station. These officers are also in charge of aiding in the retrieval of data from the many satellites that cross
the station’s path and interpreting the data after its retrieval

Mission Control

ion Control officers aid the astronauts on the space station in their daily duties and constantly monitor the
systems to catch any problems that the astronauts may miss. Mission Control heads up the space program from the
ground and the Mission Control Com
mander is based here. Mission Control Commander is in charge of not only all
Mission Technical Specialists but also the rest of the CASA mission. All decisions come from the Mission
Commander, who must be a highly experienced student. Mission Control Tec
hnical Specialists are highly trained
on one of the three systems of the station. Their duties include monitoring power use (EPS for energy power
systems), thermal situations (TCS for thermal control systems), and life support systems (ECLSS for energy co
life support systems) on the space station. They also monitor satellites and help the astronauts when problems occur
in this area.


Pilots are responsible for the transportation of materials, as well as personnel, on and off the station a
s necessary.
They will be responsible for learning all of the necessary flight procedures to carry out launching, docking and
landing the orbiter. Pilots must log at least 20 hours on the orbiter program as practice for the mission.



Ninjas create problems during the mission called Simulated On Board Emergencies (S.O.B.E.s) that the station and
Mission Control are required to solve in order to keep the International Space Station running efficiently. There are
three systems tha
t Ninjas manipulate; TCS (Thermal Control System), ECLSS (Energy Control Life Support
System), and EPS (Energy Power System), or a combination of any of the three. These problems may be hands
or strictly technical. Although the Ninjas do not actually
fix any of the problems that they create, they must know
how to, in order to understand its practicality during the mission. Therefore in order to apply for the position of
Ninja, you must be an experienced CASA student (One year of mission experience).

Public Affairs

Public Affairs Officers produce the CASA Live! show; CASA’s version of the “Today Show” to explain what’s
happening during the mission to the television viewing audience as well as the audiences who actively watch on the
internet from the
website link at Public Affairs Officers also videotape, edit, and create
promotional videos. They are responsible for contacting and arranging for special guests to tour the lab and be
interviewed on air. They also arrange for guests to

perform video conferences via the Poly Com conference system
and Skype. PAOs handle our outreach to classrooms, Rotary groups, etc. to promote the CASA experience to
ensure better future CASA missions. These students must be knowledgeable in all areas o
f the CASA program.


Production is the technical heart of CASA. Production oversees the camera feeds and videos that are sent out over
television and the internet. In addition, they run all sound equipment, from sound effects to monitoring mis
station communications. Production coordinates with PAO for interviews, weather reports, disclaimers,
and CASA Live! shows. In addition, production acts as technicians for the rest of CASA, helping to fix or work
around technical problems i
nvolving any video, sound, or computer components. In order to apply for a position in
production, you must be an experienced CASA student.

Role Playing

Role playing is our newest aspect of CASA. It requires the ability to act as well as improvisation skills. During the
year, you will develop the character(s) that you will play based on real life individuals involved in NASA, JAXA,
Russian Space Agency,
etc. You will research your person with the goal of this research being to react as this
character in any situation that may arise during the mission. You will also be taught the art of moulage and be called
upon to create simulated ‘injuries’ that might

occur during the mission.



Block (if in CASA class) ___________

CASA Determination Sheet

Rank these areas based on your interest in all of them. For your most

list a 1, second interested a 2, and so on until all categories are









Mission Application


PARENT/GUARDIAN: ______________________________

ADDRESS: ________________________________________

CITY: _____________________________ ZIP: __________

STUDENT NO.: ________ HOME PHONE: ____________

PARENT CELL:_____________________________________

YOUR CELL PHONE:______________________________________

SCHOOL YOU ATTEND: _________________________GRADE____

IF IN CASA CLASS, WHAT BLOCK?_____________________

What time does your school dismiss (if
not HHS): __________________

MAIL: ____________________________________________


Place an * by those in which you are currently enrolled.


















Other Relevant








xtra Curricular activities:

Approximately how many hours a week do you spend in extracurricular activities?

Do you have a part time job? Yes_____

No _____

If yes, what is the average number of hours you work per week?_________

Would you be able to commit to after school training session during the months of
Nov., Dec., and Jan.? Yes_____ No_____

If yes, which days after school? Mon.___ Tue
s.___ Wed.___ Thurs.___

Please mark all of the following with which you have experience:

[ ] Previous CASA Mission

[ ] Networking

[ ] Computer repair/ upgrading

[ ] Linux computers

[ ] Windows OS administration

[ ] Basic electronics

[ ] Audio
production and editing

[ ] Video production

[ ] Video Equipment Maintenance

[ ] Perl Programming

[ ] Java programming

[ ] Python programming

[ ] Arduino (Microcontroller programming/Embedded C or Basic)

[ ]
Web scripting


[ ] Other programming (please specify) _________________________

Circle any topics which you have an interest in learning more about and/or
working on this year.


Attachment to Application:

On a separate sheet of paper, write a paragraph explaining why you are interested in being a part
of the simulation this year in CASA and what you hope to gain by participating in the simulation.
Tell us what you can bring to this simulation and please dis
cuss why you feel that the mission
role(s) you have selected would be the best for you. Include your name and check your writing
for grammar and spelling, as this response will represent you and your skills. Attach this
response to the last page of your
Please type your response. If you do not have
access to a computer, please write legibly.

Recommendation Instructions:

To complete this application process, you need to obtain recommendations from two
professionals who are familiar with y
ou and your abilities. One recommendation must be from a
teacher; one must be from someone outside of school (preferably non
related). Please include a
stamp on the recommendation going outside of school. A teacher can put the completed sheet in
Mr. Tho
mpson’s mailbox at school. Other persons may send the recommendation to CASA via
U.S. mail. Recommendation sheets are provided. All recommendations must be returned to Mr.
Fred Thompson by October 1, 2012.

Your completed application for submission will

include pages 4, 5, 6 and
8 of this application, your paragraph (see above for explanation), and
two recommendations (submitted separately). Remember that
applications are due on October 1st, 2012. Please make submissions to
Mr. Fred Thompson as soon as


Please write the names of the two people you gave your recommendations to:




Authorization for Photograph, Videotape and Interview

For Parents or Guardians of Minor Students

During the school year, students in the Aerospace and
Advanced Aerospace classes may be
involved in the activities below:

Website Design

Authoring a paper to be submitted for publication

Public Relation for the program

Videotaping of projects

Live television broadcast over the school channel

and the internet over streaming video

Your child’s picture may be taken during any of these events. These pictures may be
displayed around the classroom in the Columbia Public School buildings, on a website, on
brochures for the program public rel
ations, sent to publishers or organizations, sent out over the
school channel during our mission or other activities that may arise during the year. Please sign
below to indicate your choice as to whether or not your child may be included in these activit

I authorize the Hickman High School staff and/or agents approved by the Hickman High School
staff to make photographs, videotapes and/or sound recordings of my child or conduct an
interview with my child and use the same in any form for their
purposes. I consent that the
photographs, film, videotapes, sound recordings and interviews with my child may be copied,
publishes, telecast or broadcast for educational, research or promotional purposes, together with
the description and editorial statem

All photographs, films, videotapes, sound recordings, interviews, etc. remain the property of
Hickman High School or the outside agent employed by Hickman High School and I, the
undersigned, waiver all rights to the above.


(Print parent name)

certify that I am the _____________________parent __________________guardian


(Print child’s name)



Parent/Guardian__________________________________________ Date____________

If you do not authorize the above release on your child’s behalf,
please sign here:

Signature:_______________________________________________ Date____________





Recommendation for CASA Mission 2513

(Due October 1, 2012)

Dear ____________________________________
(Recommender’s name)

We have designed our recommendations to be easy for you to fill out and return. Instead
of writing us a letter, we ask that you simply answer a few questions and add a comment if you
feel it necessary. Then you fold the paper into thirds, tape the edge a
nd mail it (the stamp should
have already been applied to the letter by the applicant) or put it in Mr. Thompson’s mailbox at
school. This letter will be viewed by the mentor review committee and then destroyed. Please
feel free to be completely honest.

Our intention is to find the best position in our simulation for
each student.

Thank you for your time and effort.



1. Do you think this student shows strength of character?



2. Do you feel this student is responsible for his
/her actions?



3. Is he/she dependable?



4. Do you feel he/she works well independently?



5. Do you feel he/she would be a good team member?



6. Would you consider this student a capable problem solver?



7. Do you feel this student is academically able to be involved

in this six
day, five
night aerospace simulation?

____ ____

8. In your opinion, do you feel this student will be willing to

spend the extra time (25+ hours) to become a
key member

of the aerospace mission?



Please feel free to comment.






c/o Hickman High School

1104 North Providence Rd.

Columbia, MO