US AF Colonel,
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
February 21, 1964 in Orange, New Jersey, USA but considers West Orange,
New Jersey to be his home town.
In 1987 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering
from the State University of New York Maritime College.
In 1996 received a Master of Science degree in aviation systems from
the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Married to Leslie S. Yandell. They have two children.
Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Defense Superior Service
Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Defense of Kuwait Medal, National
Defense Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
HOBBY: Running, sport games.
In May 1987 Kelly began service in the US Navy. In July 1989 upon completion
of the flight training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Beeville, Texas, he became
a naval aviator.
In 1989 he reported to Fighter Squadron 101
at NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia, for initial F-14 Tomcat training.
Upon completion of this training he was assigned
to Fighter Squadron 143 based aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. He took
part in overseas deployments to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea,
Red Sea and Persian Gulf.
From January 1993 to June 1994 he attended
the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
Since 1994 he worked as a test pilot at the
Strike Aircraft Test Squadron, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division,
Patuxent River, Maryland. He flied the F-14A/B/D, F/A - 18A/B/C/D and KC-130F.
Kelly was the first pilot to fly an F-14 with an experimental digital flight
control system installed and performed a maneuver with a high angle of
He has logged over 4,000 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft
and has over 250 carrier landings.
On May 1, 1996 he was selected as the NASA
astronaut candidate. He passed a two-year course of general space training.
Upon completion of this training, he was qualified as the shuttle pilot
and assigned to the Astronaut Office Spacecraft Systems/Operations Branch.
In 2002 he was transferred to the EVA Branch.
He performed his first space flight on December
19-27, 1999 as the Discovery Shuttle pilot under STS-103 program. The main
task was the Hubble Space Telescope repair. The mission duration was 7
days, 23 hours, 10 minutes and 47 seconds.
In 2000 he worked as NASA representative to
perform operations onboard the ISS, namely Director of Operations in Russia.
In March 2001 he was assigned as a flight engineer in the backup crew
for Expedition-5 to the ISS (ISS-5). He passed training at Yu.A. Gagarin
CTC as the Soyuz -TM TSC flight engineer.
On December 12, 2002 Kelly was assigned as
the Shuttle Crew Commander under STS-118 program. This flight to the ISS
was planned to be performed in November 2003. However, after the Columbia
Orbiter accident all flights were halted and many crews were reformed.
He performed his second space flight on August
8-21, 2007 as the Endeavour Shuttle Commander under STS-118 program. The
main flight task was to deliver and install S5 truss segment to the International
Space Station. The mission duration was 12 days, 17 hours, 55 minutes and
In July 2008 it was reported that he was assigned
to the backup crew for Expedition 23 to the ISS (ISS-23). Concurrently
with this statement it was reported that he was assigned to the prime crew
for Expedition 25 to the ISS (ISS-25). His assignment was confirmed in
the ISS flight plan published by Roscosmos press-service. On November 21,
2008 his assignment was officially confirmed by NASA (press-release ¹
08-306) when the ISS-20 - ISS-26 crew members were declared.
Based on data of Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA, USA
and site www.astronaut.ru