ISS Flight Engineer,
Soyuz-TM Flight Engineer,
Lieutenant Commander, USN,
NASA astronaut, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: February 21, 1964, Orange, New Jersey.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Mountain High School, West Orange, New Jersey,
in 1982. Received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering
from the State University of New York Maritime College in 1987, and a master
of science degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee,
Knoxville, in 1996.
MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Leslie S.Yadell of Atlanta, Georgia.
They have one child.
AWARDS: Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, 2 Navy Unit
Commendations, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal,
Defense of Kuwait Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
HOBBY: Running and weightlifting.
WORK EXPERIENCE: Kelly received his commission from the State University
of New York Maritime College in may 1987, and was designated a naval aviator
in July 1989 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Beeville, Texas. He then reported
to Fighter Squadron 101 at NAS in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for initial
F-14 Tomcat training. Upon completion of this training, he was assigned
to Fighter Squadron 143 based aboard USS Dwight D.Eisenhower. Kelly was
selected to attend the US Naval Test Pilot School in January 1993 and completed
training in June 1994.After graduation he worked as a test pilot at the
Strike Aircraft Test Squadron, Naval Air Warfare Center, Patuxent River,
Maryland, flying the F-14A/B/D, F/A-18A/B/C/D and KC-130F. He was the first
to fly an F-14 with an experimental digital flight control system installed
and performed subsequent high angle of attack and departure testing. He
has logged over 2,500 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft and
has over 250 carrier landings.
Selected by NASA for astronaut training in April 1996. On completion
of two years of training at the Johnson Space Center he was certified as
pilot, after which he was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office
Spacecraft Systems/Operations Branch.
On December 19-27, 1999, he went to space on STS-103 mission onboard
Discovery. During that mission the crew successfully installed new instruments
and upgraded systems on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The mission lasted
191 hours and 11 minutes.
He currently trains for space mission as flight engineer within the
backup crew of ISS-5.
Based on materials from Lindon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA, USA.