Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
He worked as a scientist for the RAND Corporation prior to joining NASA. While with RAND, he worked on classified defense studies and problems of the earth's magnetosphere.
He has accumulated more than 4,500 hours of flying time, including more than 3,400 in jet aircraft and 260 hours in space.
On October 11, 1968, he occupied the lunar module pilot seat for the eleven-day flight of Apollo 7, the first manned flight test of the third generation United States spacecraft. With Walter M. Schirra, Jr., and Donn F. Eisele, Cunningham participated in and executed maneuvers enabling the crew to perform exercises in transposition and docking, and lunar orbit rendezvous with the S-IVB stage of their Saturn IB launch vehicle; completed eight successful test and maneuvering ignitions of the service module propulsion engine; measured the accuracy of performance of all spacecraft systems; and provided the first effective television transmissions of on-board crew activities.
The 260-hour, 4 1/2 million mile shakedown flight was successfully concluded on October 22, 1968, with splashdown occurring in the Atlantic, some eight miles from the carrier ESSEX (only 3/10 of a mile from the originally predicted aiming point).
Mr. Cunningham's last assignment at the Johnson Space Center was Chief of the Skylab Branch of the Flight Crew Directorate. In this capacity he was responsible for the operational inputs for five separate major pieces of manned space hardware and two different boosters that comprised the Skylab program. The Skylab program utilized the first manned systems employing arrays for electrical power, molecular sieves for environmental control systems, and inertia storage devices for attitude control systems.
Mr. Cunningham is presently the sole principal in the Capital Group, a private investment banking firm headquartered in Houston, Texas.