Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
Following completion of this training, he remained at Edwards as an operational test pilot with the 6512th Test Squadron (Test Operations). He served as an instructor at the USAF Test Pilot School from August 1977 to July 1978.
He has logged more than 5,000 hours flying time in over 30 types of aircraft -- including 644 hours of combat in F-100 and F-4 aircraft.
On his first mission, Shaw was pilot on STS-9/Spacelab-1which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on November 28, 1983. The crew on board the Orbiter Columbia included spacecraft commander, John Young; mission specialists, Owen Garriott and Robert Parker; and payload specialists, Byron Lichtenberg and Ulf Merbold. This six-man crew was the largest yet to fly aboard a single spacecraft, the first international Shuttle crew, and the first to carry payload specialists. During this maiden flight of the European Space Agency (ESA)-developed laboratory, the crew conducted more than seventy multi-disciplinary scientific and technical investigations in the fields of life sciences, atmospheric physics and earth observations, astronomy and solar physics, space plasma physics, and materials processing. After 10-days of Spacelab hardware verification and around-the-clock scientific operations, Columbia and its laboratory cargo (the heaviest payload to be returned to earth in the Shuttle Orbiter's cargo bay) landed on the dry lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on December 8, 1983.
He was spacecraft commander on STS-61B which launched at night from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on November 26, 1985. On board the Orbiter Atlantis, his crew included the pilot, Bryan O'Connor, mission specialists, Mary Cleave, Jerry Ross and Woody Spring, as well as payload specialists, Rodolfo Neri Vela (Mexico), and Charles Walker (McDonnell Douglas). During the mission the crew deployed the MORELOS-B, AUSSAT II, and SATCOM K-2 communications satellites, conducted 2 six hour space walks to demonstrate Space Station construction techniques with the EASE/ACCESS experiments, operated the Continuous Flow Electrophoresis (CFES) experiment for McDonnell Douglas and a Getaway Special (GAS) container for Telesat, Canada, conducted several Mexican Payload Specialist Experiments for the Mexican Government, and tested the Orbiter Experiments Digital Autopilot (OEX DAP). This was the heaviest payload weight carried to orbit by the Space Shuttle to date. After completing 108 orbits of the Earth in 165 hours, Shaw landed Atlantis on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on December 3, 1985.
As spacecraft commander of STS-28, Shaw and his crew launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 8, 1989. The crew on board Shuttle Orbiter Columbia included the pilot, Dick Richards, and three mission specialists, Jim Adamson, David Leestma, and Mark Brown. The mission carried Department of Defense payloads and a number of secondary payloads. After 80 orbits of the earth, this five day mission concluded with a dry lakebed landing on Runway 17 at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on August 13, 1989.
With the completion of this flight Col. Shaw logged a total of 534 hours in space.
Currently Deputy Director, Space Shuttle Operations, NASA Headquarters, stationed at NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
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