03 December 1998
(Washington, DC) -- December 3 -- Daniel C. Brandenstein will become the next President of the National Space Society in December, succeeding Charles Walker who has served in that capacity for the last ten years.
A native of Watertown, Wisconsin, Brandenstein graduated from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. He is currently Executive Vice President and Program Manager of Kistler Aerospace Corporation, Kirkland, Washington. A veteran of four space flights, he has logged over 789 hours in space. Brandenstein served as Chief of the Astronaut Office from April 1987 through September 1992. He retired from NASA and the Navy after receiving two NASA distinguished Service Medals, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, four NASA Space Flight Medals and numerous military honors. He has received the SETP Iven C. Kincheloe Award (1992), and the AIAA Haley Space Flight Award (1993).
Brandenstein was pilot for STS-8 (August 30-September 5, 1983) the third flight for the orbiter Challenger and the first night launch and landing. During this mission the crew tested the Canadian-built Remote Manipulator System (RMS). During the seven day mission, STS-51G (June 17-24, 1985), he commanded the crew aboard Discovery deploying four satellites and retrieving SPARTAN.
On Brandenstein's fourth shuttle flight, the longest shuttle mission to that point, STS-32 (January 9-20, 1990), crew members retrieved the 21,400-pound Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) and filmed parts of the IMAX movie "Blue Planet".
Brandenstein commanded STS-49 (May 7-16, 1992) the maiden flight of space shuttle Endeavour. During this mission the crew conducted a record four EVAs (space walks) to retrieve, repair and deploy the International Telecommunications Satellite (INTELSAT). The crew also evaluated techniques that would be used in the assembly of the International Space Station.
The National Space Society, founded in 1974, is an independent, nonprofit space advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Its 23,000 members and 75 chapters around the world actively promote a spacefaring civilization. Information on NSS and space exploration is available at <http://www.nss.org>.