Behind the Wings®
The Podcast – Episode 5
Steve Lindsey connects his experience as a NASA Astronaut, and his vision for the future of space exploration.
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About the Episode
During his 15+ year tenure at NASA, Lindsey completed five space flights and logged more than 1,510 hours in space. He last served as chief of the astronaut corps, overseeing spacecraft development, crew selection and training and flight test/crew operations in support of the space shuttle, International Space Station (ISS) and Constellation Programs.
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- Astronaut was the perfect job for Lindsey at the intersection of his passions for flying and engineering
- Lindsey learned from the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster to never accept something when it’s not supposed performing like its supposed to
- Collaborating with Russian cosmonauts in Space was a success in international collaboration, in contrast to geopolitical challenges on Earth
- Following NASA’s commercial cargo and crew programs, private space exploration is enabling a new era of greater access and sustainability in space exploration
- The Dream Chaser spacecraft is in 24/7 production and is likely to have its maiden flight in 2023
- Sierra Space is partnering 50/50 with Blue Origin to create Orbital Reef, a mixed-use commercial space station
- Lindsey’s vision for the future of space exploration is to walk into a classroom and say, “I’m an Astronaut” and for the students to say “Big deal, half of our parents have been to space.”
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