Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Steven Lindsey To Be Inducted Into Astronaut Hall Of Fame

Astronaut Steven W. Lindsey, commander. Image Credit: NASA

Astronaut Steven W. Lindsey, commander. Image Credit: NASA

March 27, 2015 – On Saturday, May 30, 2015, retired astronaut Steven Lindsey will be among four space shuttle astronauts who will be inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame, joining the ranks of iconic space explorers that include Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, John glenn and Buzz Aldrin.

Lindsey has been selected as one of four 2015 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame inductees. He is a veteran of five space shuttle missions and served as chief of the NASA Astronaut Office from September 2006 to October 2009. He is now the Senior Director for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Explorations Systems where he is responsible for the design, development, testing, and operational employment of the Dream Chaser orbital crew and cargo transportation system.

This year’s inductees also include John Grunsfeld, a robotics expert who conducted three missions to repair the Hubble Space Telescope and current head of NASA’s science programs; Colorado Astronaut Kent Rominger, who was a space shuttle pilot and commander on key shuttle missions to build the International Space Station; and M. Rhea Seddon, a medical doctor and payload commander on life sciences missions who was one of NASA’s first female astronauts. They comprise the 14th group of space shuttle astronauts named to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of members to 91.

This year marks the historic 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame, which was conceived in the 1980s by the six remaining Mercury astronauts as a place where space explorers could be remembered. Past Hall of Fame inductees include Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle astronauts.

Each year, inductees are selected by a committee of Hall of Fame astronauts, former NASA officials, flight directors, historians and journalists. The process is administered by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, in Florida. To be eligible, an astronaut must have made his or her first flight at least 17 years before the induction. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen and a NASA-trained commander, pilot or mission specialist who has orbited the earth at least once.

Lindsey became an astronaut in May 1996 and qualified for flight assignment as a pilot. During his over 15 year tenure at NASA, he completed five space flights and logged more than 1,510 hours in space.

Lindsey’s first flew into space was on November 19, 1997 as Pilot of STS-87 Columbia. As the fourth U.S. Microgravity Payload flight, the mission focused on experiments designed to show how the weightless environment of space affects various physical processes. The mission also made observations of the Sun’s outer atmospheric layers. During one of STS-87’s spacewalks which included a manual capture of a Spartan satellite, Lindsey piloted the first flight of the AERCam Sprint, a free-flying robotic camera.

As Pilot of Discovery, Lindsey returned to space alongside Senator John Glenn on STS-95, which launched October 29, 1998. The crew conducted a variety of science experiments in the SPACEHAB module, investigated the effects of spaceflight on the aging process, and deployed both the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform.

Lindsey’s first mission as Commander was STS-104, the 10th International Space Station (ISS) assembly mission. After launching on July 12, 2001, the crew of Atlantis rendezvoused with the ISS and conducted joint operations with the Expedition 2 crew in order to install the Quest Joint Airlock. In addition to installing and activating the Joint Airlock, the crew also performed the first spacewalk using Quest.

Lindsey next commanded STS-121 Discovery, the second Return to Flight test mission after the Columbia mishap. Launched on July 4, 2006, the crew tested new equipment and procedures meant to increase the safety of the space shuttle fleet.

STS-133 saw Lindsey commanding the 39th and final flight of Discovery, launched on February 24, 2011. The crew docked with the ISS and delivered the Permanent Multipurpose Module, an Express Logistics Carrier, and Robonaut 2, the first human-like robot in space.

During his time with NASA, Lindsey served as Deputy for Space Shuttle Operations and Co-Chairman of the Space Shuttle Cockpit Council as well as the Chief of International Space Station Operations for the Astronaut Office.

He last served as Chief of the Astronaut Corps, responsible for spacecraft development, crew selection and training, and flight test/crew operations in support of the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and Constellation Programs.

Lindsey retired from NASA in 2011 to take a position with Sierra Nevada Corporation. Upon joining the SNC team, Mr. Lindsey led Dream Chaser spacecraft flight operations. In August 2013, he was selected as Dream Chaser Senior Director tasked with managing the Dream Chaser Space Systems development through the design certification phase, including atmospheric flight tests of the Dream Chaser at Dryden Flight Research Center in California, and launch of the Dream Chaser into Low Earth Orbit with a crewed ISS docking mission.

Lindsey received a B.S. in Engineering Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1982. and a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1990.

Lindsey was commissioned a second lieutenant at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1982.

The 2015 Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction will take place at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 30. Admittance into the ceremony is included in admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; however, seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.