Flight Engineer of the Soyuz-TMA TSC
U.S. Naval Captain
NASA Astronaut, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Born May 30, 1958, in Madrid, Spain, but considers
Madrid and Mission Viejo, California, his hometowns where he grew up.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Mission Viejo High School, Mission Viejo,
California, in 1976. In1980 he received a bachelor of science degree in
systems engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy; and a master of science
degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
in 1988. Graduate of Harvard Universityís Kennedy School of Government
Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. Speaks
Spanish, French and Russian.
FAMILY STATUS: Married to the former Daria Robinson of Geneva, Switzerland.
They have one son.
Member, Association of Naval Aviation, Society of Experimental Test
Pilots, and Association of Space Explorers.
HOBBY: Enjoys sports, traveling and cooking, and is interested in national
and international political, economic and security affairs.
On September 4, 1981 following flight training, Lopez-Alegria was designated
a Naval Aviator. He served as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Florida,
until March 1983 and then he was assigned to the Naval Operational Electronic
Reconnaissance Squadron in Rothe, Spain. There he served as a pilot and
mission commander of
EP-3E aircraft, performing flight tasks over the Mediterranean Sea,
North Atlantic, Baltic Sea and Central America.
In 1986-1988 he studied under a two-year cooperative program between
the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and the U.S. Naval
Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland.
From 1988 to the selection to NASA Astronaut Corps he served as a test
pilot and program manager at the Naval Air Test Center. He has logged more
than 5,000 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft types.
In March 1992 he was selected as NASA astronaut candidate. In 1993
following a one-year course of training at Johnson Space Center he was
qualified as a flight specialist and was assigned to the Astronaut Office
where be was responsible for technical interaction with different Space
Shuttle project subdivisions. Later he was assigned to the Kennedy Space
Center where he provided crew representation on orbiter processing issues
and support during launches and landings.
He performed three space flights of the total duration of 42 days 14
hr 22min 27 s; during these flights he performed five EVAs of the total
duration of 33 hr 58 min.
He performed the first space flight from October 20 to November 5,
1995 as a flight specialist of the Columbia Orbiter (STS-73); onboard this
Orbiter the second United States Microgravity Laboratory (USML-2) was located.
The flight duration was 15 days 21 hr 52 min 21 s.
After the first space flight ht served as NASA Director of Operations
at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City, Russia.
He performed the second space flight on October 11-24, 2000 as a flight
specialist of the Discovery Orbiter (STS-92). The flight duration was 12
days 21 hr 42 min 41s. The main flight task was the Z1 Truss and Pressurized
Mating Adapter 3 delivery to the International Space Station. During the
flight Lopez-Alegria performed two EVAs of the total duration of 14 hours
and 3 minutes.
After his second space flight he led the newly formed ISS Crew Operations
branch of the Astronaut Office.
He performed the third space flight from November 23 to December 7,
2002 as a flight specialist of the Endeavour Orbiter (STS-113). The flight
duration was 13 days 18 hr 47 min 25s. The main flight task was the delivery
of the Expedition-Six (ISS-6) crew, the P1 Truss section, science hardware
and cargoes to the ISS and return of the Expedition-Five (ISS-5) crew to
the Earth as well. During the flight he performed three EVAs of the total
duration of 19 hours and 55 minutes.
Upon completion of his third space flight he was assigned as the technical
assistant to JSCís EVA Office.
He is currently training within the ISS-14 prime crew as commander
and NASA scientist for a space flight.
Based on data of Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA, USA.