Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Dominic A. Antonelli (Lieutenant Commander, USN)
NASA Astronaut Candidate
PERSONAL DATA: Born in Detroit, Michigan. Raised in Indiana and North Carolina. Married to the former Janeen Rose Steves of Puyallup, Washington. Expecting their first child in May 2001. NASCAR enthusiast whose recreational interests include swimming, hiking, snow boarding, kayaking, and boat building.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Douglas Byrd High School, Fayetteville, NC, 1985. B.S., Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989. M.S., Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington, 2000 (expected).
ORGANIZATIONS: Graduated from Douglas Byrd High School, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1985. Bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989.
SPECIAL HONORS: Navy Achievement Medals (2), Unit Battle Efficiency Awards (2), CVW-9 Landing Signal Officer of the Year (1996), and various service awards.
EXPERIENCE: Antonelli has accumulated over 1900 hours
in 39 different kinds of aircraft and has completed 273 carrier arrested
landings. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School
(Navy Exchange Pilot, Class 97B).
Antonelli earned the designation of Naval Aviator in May 1991. During his tenure as a fleet Navy pilot, Antonelli served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz with the Blue Diamonds, Strike Fighter Squadron 146, flying F/A-18C Hornets in support of Operation Southern Watch (1996). He earned a Wing Qualification as a Landing Signal Officer (LSO) and served as the Global Positioning System (GPS) Subject Matter Expert for Carrier Air Wing Nine during his tour.
As a Navy test pilot, Antonelli participated in the development and flight testing of Weapons System Integration Software for the F/A-18 for the Advanced Weapons Lab (China Lake, California). He has flown test flights for various projects including radar systems, air-to-air weapons and targeting systems, and air-to-ground targeting systems of the Hornet.
At the time of his selection to the astronaut program, Antonelli was completing final preparations for his return to fleet operations with Strike Fighter Squadron 195 in Atsugi, Japan.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as a pilot by NASA in July 2000, Antonelli reported for training in August 2000. Astronaut Candidate Training includes orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. Following initial training, he will serve in technical assignments until assigned to a space flight.