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Committee on Human Spaceflight Crew Operations

Report Released 9/7/11 Preparing for the High Frontier -The Role and Training of NASA Astronauts in the Post- Space Shuttle Era

Read NASA's Response to the Report (PDF)


Statement of Task

The National Research Council’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board will establish an ad hoc committee to study the activities of NASA’s Flight Crew Operations Directorate. In writing its report the committee will address the following questions:

(1) How should the role and size of the activities which are managed by the Johnson Space Center Flight Crew Operations Directorate change following Space Shuttle retirement and completion of the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS)?

(2) What are the requirements of crew-related ground facilities after the space shuttle program ends?

(3) Is the astronaut corps’ fleet of training aircraft a cost-effective means of preparing astronauts for the requirements of NASA’s human spaceflight program? Are there more cost-effective means of meeting these training requirements?


Committee Membership

The Honorable Frederick Gregory - (Co-Chair)
Lohfeld Consulting Group, Inc.

Dr. Thomas D. Jones
National Aeronautics and Space Administration [Retired]

Mr. Joseph H. Rothenberg - (Co-Chair)
Swedish Space Corporation

Dr. Franklin D. Martin
Martin Consulting, Inc.

Mr. John E. Boyington, Jr. (has resigned from committee)
L-3 Vertex Aerospace

Dr. Henry McDonald
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Mr. Michael J. Cassutt
University of Southern California

Dr. Amy R. Pritchett
Georgia Institute of Technology

Mr. Richard O. Covey
United Space Alliance, LLC [Retired]

Mr. Richard N. Richards
Boeing Corporation [Retired]

Mr. Duane Deal
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Inc.

Mr. James D. Von Suskil
NRG, Texas

Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar
Seattle Museum of Flight


Mr. William W. Hoover
Independent Consultant



Project Staff


Dwayne Day
Study Director

Lewis Groswald
Research Associate

Dionna Williams
Program Associate

Amanda Thibault
Research Associate