National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Charles J. Camarda (Ph.D.)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born May 8, 1952, in Queens, New York. Single.
He has one child. He enjoys racquetball, running, weightlifting, boxing.
His parents, Ray and Jack Camarda, reside in Queens, New York. His brother,
Barney Camarda, and his family reside in Valley Stream, Long Island.
- Graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School, Jamaica,
New York, in 1970; received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1974; a master of science degree in engineering science from George Washington University in 1980; and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1990.
- Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
- NASA Certificates of Recognition (10); Sustained Superior
Performance Awards (2); Special Achievement Awards (2); Technology Commercialization
Awards (2); Research and Development 100 Award from Industrial Research Magazine for
one of the top 100 technical innovations in 1983 - A Heat-Pipe-Cooled Sandwich Panel.
- Upon completing his B.S. degree from the Polytechnic
Institute of Brooklyn, Camarda began work for NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton,
Virginia, in 1974. He was a research scientist in the Thermal Structures Branch of the
Structures and Materials Division and was responsible for demonstrating the feasibility
of a heat-pipe-cooled leading edge for Space Shuttle by analysis, laboratory experiments,
and aerothermal testing in Langley's 8-foot High Temperature Tunnel. He conducted
analytical and experimental research in heat pipes, structural mechanics and dynamics,
heat transfer, and numerical optimization for aircraft, spacecraft, and space launch
vehicles. While at Langley, Camarda earned his masters degree from George Washington
University in Engineering Science with emphasis on mechanics of composite structures
at elevated temperature and his doctorate degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University with emphasis on the development of advanced modal methods for
efficiently predicting transient thermal and structural performance. In 1989,
Camarda was selected to lead the Structures and Materials Technology Maturation
Team for the National Aero-Space Plane (NASP) program which was responsible for
maturing materials and structures technologies necessary to enable the development
of an airbreathing hypersonic vehicle capable of horizontal take-off to orbit.
Camarda was selected to head the Thermal Structures Branch (TSB) in 1994 with
responsibility for a research engineering staff, two major focused programs
(the high-speed research (HSR) and reusable launch vehicle (RLV) programs),
and several structural test facilities including the Thermal Structures
Laboratory. Some of the primary responsibilities of the TSB is the
development of durable, lightweight metallic thermal protection systems (TPS),
reusable cryogenic tank systems, and graphite-composite primary structure for
RLV. Camarda has received over 18 NASA awards for technical innovations and
accomplishments. He also received a Research and Development 100 award from
Industrial Research Magazine for one of the top 100 technical innovations of
1983 entitled "Heat-Pipe-Cooled Sandwich Panel." He holds four patents and
has two patents pending.
Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in April 1996, Dr. Camarda reported
to the NASA Johnson Space Center in August 1996. Having completed two years
of training and evaluation, he is qualified for flight assignment as a mission
specialist. Currently, Dr. Camarda is assigned technical duties in the Astronaut
Office Spacecraft Systems/Operations Branch.
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