National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
Born August 4, 1955, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Two children. Enjoys woodworking,
racquetball, weight lifting, and bicycling. His father, Charles A. Allen, resides in
Richboro, Pennsylvania. His mother, Loretta T. Allen, is deceased.
Graduated from Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, Pennsylvania, in 1973; received
a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University in 1977.
Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Association of Space Explorers.
Defense Superior Service Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Defense Meritorious Service
Medal; Single Mission Air Medal; NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal; NASA Exceptional
Service Medal; NASA Space Flight Medal; Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Bucks
County Community College (1993); Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science from Villanova
Allen was a member of the Navy ROTC unit and received his commission in the United
States Marine Corps at Villanova University in 1977. Following graduation from flight
school, he flew F-4 Phantoms from 1980 to 1983 with VMFA-312 at Marine Corps Air
(MCAS) Beaufort, South Carolina, and was assigned as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer.
was selected by Headquarters Marine Corps for fleet introduction of the F/A-18 Hornet,
was assigned to VMFA-531 in MCAS El Toro, California, from 1983 to 1986. During his
in VMFA-531, he was assigned as the squadron Operations Officer, and also attended and
graduated from the Marine Weapons & Tactics Instructor Course, and the Naval
Weapons School (Top Gun). A 1987 graduate of the United States Navy Test Pilot
Patuxent River, Maryland, he was a test pilot under instruction when advised of his
selection to the astronaut program.
- NAME: Andrew M. Allen (Lieutenant Colonel, USMC)
- NASA Astronaut
He has logged over 6,000 flight hours in more
30 different aircraft.
Selected by NASA in June 1987, Allen became an astronaut in August 1988. His
assignments have included: Astronaut Office representative for all Space Shuttle issues
related to landing sites, landing and deceleration hardware, including improvements to
nosewheel steering, brakes and tires, and drag chute design; Shuttle Avionics Integration
Laboratory (SAIL), which oversees, checks, and verifies all Shuttle flight control
software and avionics programs; Technical Assistant to the Flight Crew Operations Director
who is responsible for and manages all flight crew operations and support; lead of the
Astronaut Support Personnel team which oversee Shuttle test, checkout, and preparation at
Kennedy Space Center; Special Assistant to the Director of the Johnson Space Center in
Houston, Texas; lead of a Functional Workforce Review at the Kennedy Space Center,
Florida, to determine minimal workforce and management structure requirements which allow
maximum budget reductions while safely continuing Shuttle Flight Operations; Director of
Space Station Requirements at NASA Headquarters, responsible for the International Space
Station requirements, policies, external communications and liaison with Congress,
international partners, and industry. A veteran of three space flights, Allen has logged
over 900 hours in space. He was the pilot on STS-46 in 1992 and STS-62 in 1994, and was
mission commander on STS-75 in 1996.
Allen retired from the Marine Corps and left
in October 1997. He currently serves as President of the FIRST Foundation. The
Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Foundation, based out of
Manchester, New Hampshire, promotes youth interest in science and technology.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
STS-46 was an 8-day mission aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis which featured the
of the European Retrievable Carrier (EURECA), an ESA-sponsored free-flying science
platform, and demonstrated the Tethered Satellite System (TSS), a joint project between
NASA and the Italian Space Agency. STS-46 launched July 31, 1992, and landed at the
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 8, 1992. The flight completed 126 orbits
3.3 million miles in 191.3 hours.
STS-62, a 14-day mission aboard Space Shuttle
consisted of 5 crew members who conducted a broad range of science and technology
experiments with Earth applications to materials processing, biotechnology, advanced
technology, and environmental monitoring. Principal payloads of the mission were the
United States Microgravity Payload 2 (USMP-2) and the Office of Aeronautics and Space
Technology 2 (OAST-2) package. STS-62 launched March 4, 1994 and landed at the Kennedy
Space Center, Florida, on March 18, 1994. The flight completed 224 orbits covering
million miles in 335.3 hours.
STS-75 (February 22 to March 9, 1996), was
a 15-day mission with principal payloads
being the reflight of the Tethered Satellite System (TSS) and the third flight of the
United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-3). The TSS successfully demonstrated the
of tethers to produce electricity. The TSS experiment produced a wealth of new
on the electrodynamics of tethers and plasma physics before the tether broke
at 19.7 km,
just shy of the 20.7 km goal. The crew also worked around the clock performing
experiments and research related to USMP-3 microgravity investigations used to improve
production of medicines, metal alloys, and semiconductors. The mission was completed in
252 orbits covering 6.5 million miles in 377 hours and 40 minutes.
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