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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-22-2006 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From someone@jsc.nasa.gov:
Steve Lindsey will be replacing Kent Rominger as the Chief of the Astronaut Office. Michael Bloomfield has been named the Deputy of the Flight Crew Operations Directorate. These changes take affect October 1.

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posted 08-23-2006 12:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And where do the former occupants of these posts go to, Kent Rominger and Ellen Ochoa?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-23-2006 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rominger has reportedly resigned from NASA.

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posted 08-23-2006 05:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sfurtaw   Click Here to Email sfurtaw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Michael Bloomfield has been named the Deputy of the Flight Crew Operations Directorate.
What is the job description of the Deputy of the Flight Crew Operations Directorate?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-23-2006 08:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Per NASA JSC:
The Flight Crew Operations Directorate (FCOD) is responsible for overall planning, direction, and management of flight crew operations and Johnson Space Center (JSC) aircraft program activities. These responsibilities include but are not limited to selecting and training astronaut candidates; determining flight crew training and flight crew simulation requirements; recommending specific flight crew assignments; training and certifying payload specialists; conducting public relations activities in support of NASA programs; participating in the development of timelines and procedures; providing flight crew perspective in the development of new programs; and contributing to the development, acquisition, maintenance and safe operation of the training, administrative, and research support aircraft and supporting equipment and facilities at JSC.

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posted 08-23-2006 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does someone have a list of all chief astronauts and their deputies, from the beginning (and from when to when did they have their job)? NASA bios are often not very specific.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-23-2006 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had you asked this question yesterday, I could have replied quickly as I assembled just such a list (for the Chief Astronauts at least). As it is, after assembling the dates, I had no reason to save them and they were deleted. The list of names however, is on the front page of collectSPACE:
Deke Slayton, Alan Shepard, Thomas Stafford, John Young, Daniel Brandenstein, Robert "Hoot" Gibson, Robert Cabana, Kenneth Cockrell, Charles Precourt, Kent Rominger and Steven Lindsey.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-23-2006 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This just in... from someone@jsc.nasa.gov:
Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D., is named the Director of Flight Crew Operations (FCOD) effective September 20, 2006, succeeding Captain Kenneth D. Bowersox. Captain Bowersox will continue to serve as the Director of FCOD through the upcoming launch and landing of STS-115. At that time, he will be named to a position on the Center Director's staff pending his retirement from the Navy.

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posted 08-24-2006 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope this information will be helpful for you. Here is a list of chief astronauts and their dates from my research and notes.
  • Deke Slayton (Sep. 1, 1962 - Nov. 1963)
  • Alan Shepard (Nov. 1963 - July 1969)
  • Tom Stafford (July 1969 - June 1971)
  • Alan Shepard (June 1971 - Aug 1, 1974)
  • John Young (Jan. 14, 1974 - April 15, 1987)
    His deputy was Paul Weitz.
  • Dan Brandenstein (April 27, 1987 - Oct. 1992)
    His Deputy was Steven Hawley.
  • Robert Gibson (Dec. 8, 1992 - Sep. 6, 1994)
    His deputy was Linda Godwin.
  • Robert Cabana (Sep. 6, 1994 - Oct. 1997)
    His deputy was Linda Godwin.
  • Ken Cockrell (Oct. 1997 - Oct. 1998)
  • Charlie Precourt (Oct. 1998 - ?)
    His deputy was Kent Rominger.
  • Kent Rominger (? - Sep. 2006)
    His deputy were A. Thomas and P. Whitson.
Also, I have noticed that Jerry Ross, Steve Smith and Jim Bagain have also served as deputies of Astronaut Office but I'm not sure about the dates. I hope that this information will be helpful for you.

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posted 09-01-2006 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA Management Astronauts Announce Changes, Retirement

Veteran astronauts and Flight Crew Operations Directorate managers Ken Bowersox and Kent Rominger have announced intentions to depart from NASA.

Both will be vacating their current positions later this month. Pending his retirement from the Navy, Bowersox will move to a position supporting Michael Coats, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Rominger will leave the agency in September to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

"Ken and Kent have each made invaluable contributions to space exploration and to this country," said Coats. "Their dedication and leadership have been a key contribution to the safe return of the space shuttle to flight and to the resumption of the International Space Station's assembly in orbit. We'll miss them and we wish them the best."

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa will become director of flight crew operations. Ochoa has served as deputy director of flight crew operations since 2003. She will be the first female and the first Hispanic to lead that office, which oversees the Astronaut Office and Aircraft Operations. Ochoa is a veteran of four spaceflights.

Succeeding Ochoa as deputy director of flight crew operations will be astronaut Mike Bloomfield, a veteran of three space shuttle flights including commander of STS-110. Astronaut Steve Lindsey, who commanded space shuttle mission STS-121 in July, will become chief of the Astronaut Office. Lindsey has flown four shuttle missions.

Bowersox became the director of flight crew operations in February 2004 after four shuttle flights and a long-duration mission on the International Space Station. He served as a commander of both the space shuttle and the International Space Station and led on-orbit activities in science operations, Hubble Space Telescope servicing and space station operations.

Rominger has served as chief of the Astronaut Office since 2002. He has completed five shuttle flights, commanding two and serving as pilot on three. He has logged more than 1,600 hours in space. His missions included two shuttle flights to the International Space Station. Rominger also flew on both the longest and second longest shuttle missions in history.

OV-105
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posted 09-02-2006 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It has almost been 30 years since the 1978 class of Astronuats. There has still not been a Mission Specialist who has been the Chief of the Astronaut Office.

Michael Cassutt
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posted 09-04-2006 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Cassutt   Click Here to Email Michael Cassutt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jerry Ross was acting chief for several months in the early 1990s, but you are correct: mission specialists don't get to be chief astronaut, and likely won't as long as there are still test pilots with command experience in the office.

(Pilots don't like to be bossed around by non-pilots. Look at Ochoa's move to director, flight crew ops... she gets an experienced Shuttle commander/test pilot as her deputy. Sox didn't need that.)

On the other hand, the deputy chief job almost always goes to a mission specialist.

Michael Cassutt
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posted 09-04-2006 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Cassutt   Click Here to Email Michael Cassutt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Under the heading of, look at files first, then post, I offer a correction: Ross was not acting chief astro, but acting deputy.

However, mission specialist Ochoa was acting chief astro in late 2002, between the Precourt and Rominger reigns...

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posted 11-21-2007 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Captain Bowersox will continue to serve as the Director of FCOD through the upcoming launch and landing of STS-115. At that time, he will be named to a position on the Center Director's staff pending his retirement from the Navy.
Never heard anything about that new job since, and there's nothing in his NASA bio. Anyone know where he wound up?

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