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Swanson
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Swanson, Steven Ray 'Swanny' (1960-) American computer scientist mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-117, STS-119.

Grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.. Educated Colorado; Florida Atlantic; Texas A&M. Total EVA Time: 0.57 days. Number of EVAs: 2.


Official NASA Biography

NAME: Steven R. Swanson
NASA Astronaut Candidate (Mission Specialist)

PERSONAL DATA:
Born December 3, 1960 in Syracuse, New York, but considers Steamboat Springs, Colorado to be his hometown. Married to the former Mary Drake Young of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. They have three children. He enjoys mountain biking, basketball, skiing, weight lifting, running, wood working and spending time with his family. His parents, Stanley and June Swanson, reside in Boise, Idaho. Her parents, Chan and Martha Young, reside in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

EDUCATION:
Graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in 1979; received a bachelor of science degree in engineering physics from the University of Colorado in 1983, and a master of applied science in computer systems from Florida Atlantic University in 1986, and a doctorate in computer science from Texas A&M University in 1998.

SPECIAL HONORS:
Recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the JSC Certificate of Accommodation, Flight Simulation Engineering Award, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

EXPERIENCE:
Prior to coming to NASA, Steve worked for GTE in Phoenix, Arizona as a software engineer working on the real-time software of telephone system multiplexer/demultiplexers.

NASA EXPERIENCE:
In 1987, Steve joined NASA as a systems engineer in the Aircraft Operations Division of JSC working on the Shuttle Training Aircraft. The Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) is a complex airborne shuttle simulator, which models the flight characteristics of the Shuttle from 35,000 ft. to main gear touchdown. In 1989, Steve also became a flight simulation engineer on the STA. During his time with the STA, Steve worked on the improvement of the STA's navigation and control systems and the incorporation of a real-time wind determination algorithm. In May of 1998, Steve was selected as an Astronaut Candidate and started training in August of 1998. Astronaut Candidate Training includes orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. Following a period of training and evaluation, Steve will receive technical assignments within the Astronaut Office before being assigned to a space flight.
FEBRUARY 1999

Birth Place: Syracuse, New Jersey.
Status: Active.


Born: 1960.12.03.
Spaceflights: 2 .
Total time in space: 26.65 days.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • NASA Group 17 - 1998 Requirement: pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights. Nickname: The Penguins. Originally called the Dodos by the Sardines, after an extinct flightless bird; they renamed themselves after a flightless bird that eats fish... More...

Associated Flights
  • STS-117 Crew: Sturckow, Archambault, Forrester, Swanson, Olivas, Reilly. Final major step in assembly of the ISS truss and power-generating solar array segments. The S3/S4 Truss and its solar arrays were delivered and installed. More...
  • STS-119 Crew: Archambault, Antonelli, Phillips, Swanson, Acaba, Arnold. ISS assembly mission. Delivered to the ISS and installed the fourth starboard truss segment (ITS S6) and fourth set of solar arrays and batteries. More...

Associated Programs
  • ISS Finally completed in 2010 after a torturous 25-year development and production process, the International Space Station was originally conceived as the staging post for manned exploration of the solar systrem. Instead, it was seemed to be the death knell of manned spaceflight. More...

Bibliography
  • NASA Astronaut Biographies, Johnson Space Center, NASA, 1995-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Swanson Chronology


1985 July 19 - .
  • NASA Astronaut Training Group 17 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson, Clayton; Archambault; Caldwell; Chamitoff; Creamer; Ferguson; Foreman; Fossum; Ham; Hilliard; Johnson, Gregory C; Johnson, Gregory H; Love; Melvin; Morgan; Nespoli; Oefelein; Olivas; Patrick; Poindexter; Pontes; Reisman; Swanson; Vittori. The group was selected to provide pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights.. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.

    Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. Of 25 Americans, eight pilots and 17 mission specialists.


2007 June 8 - .
2007 June 8 - . 23:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-117.
  • STS-117 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Sturckow; Archambault; Forrester; Swanson; Olivas; Reilly; Anderson, Clayton. Return Crew: Sturckow; Archambault; Forrester; Swanson; Olivas; Reilly; Williams. Payload: Atlantis F28 / S3, S4. Mass: 122,685 kg (270,474 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Sturckow; Archambault; Forrester; Swanson; Olivas; Reilly; Anderson, Clayton; Williams. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117; ISS EO-15-2. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 13.84 days. Decay Date: 2007-06-22 . USAF Sat Cat: 31600 . COSPAR: 2007-024A. Apogee: 341 km (211 mi). Perigee: 330 km (200 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min. The shuttle delivered the S3 and S4 truss segments to the starboard side of the International Space Station. The crew made three spacewalks to install these truss segments, conduct other station reconfiguration and installation work, deploy the solar arrays and prepare them for operation. A fourth spacewalk was added to repair loose re-entry insulation on the shuttle and get-ahead installation work on the outside of the station. The shuttle delivered NASA long-term ISS crew member Clayton Anderson to the station; and returned Suni Williams to earth. At the conclusion of this mission the station finally achieved its full-power, dual-boom configuration first conceived for Space Station Freedom in the 1980's.

2007 June 9 - .
2007 June 9 - .
2007 June 11 - .
2007 June 12 - .
2007 June 12 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Swanson; Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The International Space Station today spread its wings again with the activation of a new pair of solar arrays that will generate enough power to supply about eight homes.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 13 - .
2007 June 13 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Olivas; Swanson; Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Just a few launch restraint bolts stand between the International Space Station’s new solar arrays and rotation, following a seven hour and 16 minute spacewalk by Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester and Steve Swanson.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 14 - .
2007 June 14 - . 18:28 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-2 - . Crew: Forrester; Swanson. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.30 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester; Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The crew removed all of the launch locks on the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint in place. The spacewalkers had planned to remove the joint’s launch restraints as well, but problems with the wiring of a drive-lock assembly installed on the previous spacewalk led to that task being deferred to the next EVA.

2007 June 15 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Swanson; Olivas. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis are only hours from the week’s third spacewalk out of the International Space Station, a 6½-hour excursion to repair a thermal blanket on the orbiter and assist in folding up a solar array on the station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 15 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas; Swanson; Forrester; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The situation aboard space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station improved greatly today following repair of a protruding thermal blanket, restoring power to problematic Russian navigation computers, and completing retraction of a finicky solar array. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 16 - .
2007 June 16 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Olivas; Swanson; Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: A new spaceflight endurance record was set this morning as 10 astronauts and cosmonauts slept on the docked space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 17 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Swanson; Forrester; Kotov. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: For the fourth time in less than a week, the astronauts on Space Shuttle Atlantis are about to venture outside their spacecraft to press ahead with assembly of the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 17 - .
2007 June 17 - . 16:25 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-4 - . Crew: Forrester; Swanson. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.26 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester; Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The crew moved a video camera from the Quest module to the S3 truss. They verified the connections on the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint and removed its launch restraints. They then removed hardware along the S3 truss, clearing it for use by the tracked Mobile Base System. They then installed a computer network cable on the Unity node; opened the hydrogen vent valve on the Destiny laboratory installed on the previous EVA; and tethered two orbital debris shield panels on the station’s service module.

2007 June 19 - .
2007 June 20 - .
2007 June 20 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #25 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Olivas; Swanson; Archambault; Sturckow. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Space shuttle Atlantis’ astronauts spent – weather permitting – their last full day on orbit today getting their ship ready to return home tomorrow with two landing opportunities available at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at 12:55 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 22 - .
2007 June 22 - . 19:50 GMT - .
2009 March 15 - . 23:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle.
  • STS-119 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Archambault; Antonelli; Phillips; Swanson; Acaba; Arnold, Ricky. Payload: Discovery F35 /. Mass: 120,860 kg (266,450 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-119. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 12.81 days. Decay Date: 2009-03-28 . USAF Sat Cat: 34541 . COSPAR: 2009-012A. Apogee: 353 km (219 mi). Perigee: 335 km (208 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min. Summary: Crew: Archambault, Antonelli, Phillips, Swanson, Acaba, Arnold. ISS assembly mission. Delivered to the ISS and installed the fourth starboard truss segment (ITS S6) and fourth set of solar arrays and batteries..

2009 March 19 - .
  • EVA STS-119-1 - . Crew: Swanson; Arnold, Ricky. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.25 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-119. The crew exited from the Quest module at 17:12 GMT to mate the S6 truss to the end of the S5 truss on the station. S6, maneuvered by the station's robot arm, made contact with S5 at 18:17 GMT and was bolted in place by the astronauts at 19:06 GMT. The crew spent several hours in removing covers and making connection betwen the station and the S6 before returning to the Quest airlock at 23:20 GMT.

2009 March 21 - .
  • EVA STS-119-2 - . Crew: Swanson; Acaba. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.27 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-119. Summary: The crew exited the Quest airlock at 16:50 GMT but were unable to deploy the UCCAS-1 payload attachment platform from the P3 truss, returning to the airlock at 23:16..

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