Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1980, he completed a one year training and evaluation period, and became an astronaut in August 1981. He served as a member of the launch support team at Kennedy Space Center for the STS-1, STS-2 and STS-3 missions.
Mr. Lounge was a mission specialist on STS 51-I which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 27, 1985. During that mission his duties included deployment of the Australian AUSSAT communications satellite and operation of the Remote Manipulator System (RMS). The crew deployed two other communications satellites, the Navy's SYNCOM IV-4, and American Satellite Company's ASC-1, and also performed a successful on-orbit rendezvous and repair of the ailing 15,400 lb SYNCOM IV-3 satellite. STS 51-I completed 112 orbits of the Earth before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on September 3, 1985.
Following his flight on STS 51-I, he was assigned to the first mission to carry the Centaur (cryogenically fueled) upper stage (STS 61-F). After that mission was canceled, he participated in Space Station design development.
Mr. Lounge next flew as a mission specialist on STS-26, the first flight to be flown after the Challenger accident. The Orbiter Discovery was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on September 29, 1988. During the four day mission, the crew successfully deployed the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-C), which was subsequently carried to orbit by the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) rocket. They also operated eleven mid-deck experiments. Discovery completed 64 orbits of the earth before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on October 3, 1988. Mission duration was 97 hours.
Mr. Lounge's third flight into space occurred in December 1990 on STS-35. He served as flight engineer and Space Shuttle operator for that 9-day flight of Columbia which was dedicated to astronomy. Very exciting observations of the Universe were collected by the ASTRO-1 ultraviolet telescope and by the Broad Band X-Ray Telescope. With the completion of this flight, Mr. Lounge has logged over 482 hours in space.
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: Mr. Lounge is assigned as Chief of the Space Station Support office which deals with Space Station design and operation.
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