Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
In 1976, Shriver began serving as a test pilot for the F-15 Joint Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base. He has participated in the Air Force development test and evaluation of the F-15 fighter aircraft and has participated in or conducted several follow-on systems tests on the same aircraft. He also took part in the Air Force development test and evaluation of the T-38 lead-in fighter. Shriver has been contributing author on six technical reports for these various programs.
He has flown in 30 different types of single- and multi-engine civilian and military fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft, has logged over 5,000 hours in jet aircraft, and holds commercial pilot and private glider ratings.
Shriver was pilot of STS 51-C which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on January 24, 1985. He was accompanied by Captain Thomas K. Mattingly (spacecraft commander), Colonel James F. Buchli and Lieutenant Colonel Ellison S. Onizuka (mission specialists), and Lieutenant Colonel Gary E. Payton (DOD payload specialist). STS 51-C performed its DOD mission which included deployment of a modified Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) vehicle from the Space Shuttle Discovery. Landing occurred on January 27, 1985, after slightly more than 3 days on orbit.
More recently, Shriver was spacecraft commander of STS-31 crew, which launched on April 24, 1990, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew members aboard Space Shuttle Discovery included Col. Charles F. Bolden (pilot), and Captain Bruce McCandless, Dr. Steven A. Hawley, and Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan (mission specialists). During this five-day mission, crew members deployed the Hubble Space Telescope, and conducted a variety of mid-deck experiments involving the study of protein crystal growth, polymer membrane processing, and the effects of weightlessness and magnetic fields on an ion arc. They also operated a variety of cameras, including both the IMAX in cabin and cargo bay cameras, for Earth observations from their record setting altitude of 380 miles. Following 76 orbits of the Earth in 121 hours, STS-31 Discovery landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on April 29, 1990.
With the completion of his second mission, Shriver has logged over 194 hours in space.
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