National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: William B. Lenoir (Ph.D.)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born on March 14, 1939, in
Miami, Florida. His father, Mr. Samuel S. Lenoir, resides in Miami.
- Brown hair; brown eyes;
height: 5 feet 10 inches; weight: 150 pounds.
- Attended primary and secondary
schools in Coral Gables, Florida; is a graduate of
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he
received a bachelor of science degree in electrical
engineering in 1961, a master of science degree in 1962,
and a doctor of philosophy degree in 1965.
- Married to the former Elizabeth May Frost.
- William B., Jr., April 6, 1965; and Samantha E., March 20, 1968.
- His hobbies include
sailing, woodworking, and outdoor activities.
- Senior member of the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers; and member of American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Eta Kappa Nu, and the Society of Sigma Xi.
- Sloan Scholar at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and winner of the Carleton E. Tucker
Award for Teaching Excellence at MIT; awarded the NASA Exceptional
Service Medal (1974), and NASA Space Flight Medal (1982).
- From 1964 to 1965, Lenoir was an instructor at MIT;
and in 1965, he was named assistant professor of electrical engineering. His
work at MIT included teaching electromagnetic theory and systems theory as
well as performing research in remote sensing.
He has been an investigator in several satellite experiments and continues
research in this area while fulfilling his astronaut assignments.
Lenoir is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
He has logged over 3,200 hours of flying time in jet aircraft.
- Dr. Lenoir was selected as a scientist-astronaut
by NASA in August 1967. He completed the initial academic training and a
53-week course in flight training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
Lenoir was backup science-pilot for Skylab 3 and Skylab 4, the second and
third manned missions in the Skylab Program. During Skylab 4, he was
coleader of the visual observations project and coordinator between the
flight crew and the principal investigators for the solar science experiments.
From September 1974 to July 1976, Lenoir spent approximately half of
his time as leader of the NASA Satellite Power Team. This team was
formed to investigate the potential of large-scale satellite power
systems for terrestrial utility consumption and to make program
recommendations to NASA Headquarters.
Lenoir has supported the Space Shuttle program in the areas of
orbit operations, training, extravehicular activity, and payload
deployment and retrieval. His interest in the remote sensing of
the Earth and its resources continues, with particular emphasis
on the role of an orbiting astronaut.
Dr. Lenoir served as mission specialist on the STS-5 mission, which
launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on November 11, 1982.
He was accompanied on the first four man crew by Vance D. Brand
(spacecraft commander), Col. Robert F. Overmyer
(pilot), and Dr. Joseph P. Allen
(mission specialist). STS-5 was the first operational flight of
the Spaceship Columbia and became known as the "We Deliver" mission.
Two commercial communications satellites with Payload Assist Module
upper stages (PAM-D) were successfully deployed from the Orbiter's
cargo bay, a first. This activity was shared with the world when
the on-board television tape was played to the control center later
that evening. In addition to collecting precise data to document
the Shuttle's performance during launch, boost, orbit, atmospheric
entry and landing phases, STS-5 carried a Getaway Special experiment,
three Student Involvement Project experiments, and medical experiments.
STS-5 was the last flight to carry the Development Flight Instrumentation
(DFI) package to support flight testing. The STS-5 crew successfully
concluded the five day orbital flight of Columbia with the first entry
and landing through a cloud deck to a hard-surface runway, demonstrating
STS-5 completed 81 orbits of the Earth before landing at Edwards Air
Force Base, California, on November 16, 1982.
Following STS-5, Dr. Lenoir was responsible for the direction and
management of mission development within the Astronaut Office.
Dr. Lenoir resigned from NASA in September 1984, to assume a position
with the management and technology consulting firm of Booz, Allen and
Hamilton, Inc. in Arlington, Yirginia.
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