Stephen K. ROBINSON
BIRTH DATA AND PLACE: October 26, 1955, Sacramento, California, USA.
His parents, William and Joyce Robinson, reside in Moraga, California.
Received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics/aeronautical engineering from University of California at Davis, in 1974;
a master of science degree and then a doctorate in mechanical engineering, with a minor in aeronautics and astronautics
from Stanford University, in 1985 and 1990, respectively.
MARITAL STATUS: unmarried.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics;
Aerospace Medical Association;
Experimental Aircraft Association.
NASA Ames Honor Award for Scientist (1989);
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Outstanding
Technical Paper Award for Applied Aerodynamics (co-author)
NASA/Space Club G.M. Low Memorial Engineering Fellowship
HOBBIES: Enjoys flying, antique aircraft, swimming, canoeing,
hiking, music, art, and stereo photography. Plays lead guitar
in Max Q, a rock-n-roll band.
Robinson started work for NASA in 1975 as a student co-op
at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California,
which he joined in 1979 as a research scientist upon graduation
from University of California at Davis. He performed studies
in the fields of fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, experimental
instrumentation, and computational scientific visualization.
While at Ames, Robinson earned master's and doctor's degrees
in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
In 1990, Robinson was selected as Chief of the Experimental
Flow Physics Branch at NASA's Langley Research Center in
In 1993, he was awarded the NASA/Space Club Low Memorial
engineering fellowship and was assigned as a visiting engineer
to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked
in the Man Vehicle Laboratory (MVL) for 15 months. He conducted
neurovestibular research on astronauts of the STS-58 crew
who were being trained under the Spacelab Life Sciences
2 program. His other research included EVA dynamics for
satellite capture and space construction. While in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, he was a visiting scientist at the U.S. Department
of Transportation's Volpe National Transportation System
Robinson returned to NASA Langley Space Center in September
1994, where he accepted a dual assignment as research scientist
in the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Branch, and
as leader of the Aerodynamics and Acoustics element of NASA's
General Aviation Technology program.
Robinson has logged over 1400 hours in different aircraft
types ranging from antique taildraggers to NASA jets.
Selected as NASA candidate astronaut in December 1994, upon
completion of one-year training at the Johnson Space Center,
he was assigned to test space shuttle control software in
the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL).
Dr. Robertson attended two space flights. He has logged
over 496 hours in space.
On August 7-19, 1997 Robinson took his first space flight
as a mission specialist of the Discovery crew (STS-85).
The crew deployed and retrieved the CRISTA-SPAS payload designed
to study the Earth's atmosphere, as well as tested some technologies
destined for ISS, in particular, the experimental Japanese robot
arm. Mission duration was 11 days 19 hours and 18 minutes.
From October 29 to November 7, 1998, he took his second flight
as a Payload Commander of the Discovery crew (STS-95) with the
SPACEHAB pressurized module in the shuttle cargo bay. During
the mission the crew deployed the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft,
and the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform,
and performed a large scope of investigations. Mission duration
was 8 days 21 hours and 44 minutes.
In February 1999, Robinson was assigned as the Astronaut
Office representative for the ISS Robot Arm, as well as
a Capcom (Spacecraft Communicator, functioning as the voice
link between MCC-Houston and Shuttle).
In July 1999, he was assigned as backup crewmember for the
International Space Station Expedition 4 crew.
In August 2001 Robinson was assigned to the STS-114 crew
scheduled to launch at the end of 2002.
Based on NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center materials (USA).