Gregory Errol CHAMITOFF
NASA Astronaut, USA
BIRTH DATA AND PLACE:
Born August 6, 1962, in Montreal, Canada.
Blackford High School, San Jose, California, 1980.
B.S., Electrical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, 1984.
M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1985.
Ph.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992.
M.S., Space Science (Planetary Geology), University of Houston in Clear Lake, 2002.
HOBBY: Diving with aqualung, walking-tours, piloting, skis, rocketball, aikido, and guitar playing. Dr. Chamitoff is a qualified diver and pilot, authorized to navigate aircraft.
AIAA Associate Fellow; AIAA Technical Excellence Award; NASA Silver Snoopy Award; NASA/USA Space Flight Awareness Award; C.S. Draper Laboratory Graduate Fellowship; IEEE Graduate Fellowship; Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu Honor Societies Fellowship; Applied Magnetics Scholarship; Academic Excellence Award; Most Outstanding Senior Award; Degree of Excellence and California Statewide Speech Finalist; Eagle Scout.
As an undergraduate student at the Cal Poly, Chamitoff taught lab courses in circuit design and worked summer internships at Four Phase Systems, Atari Computers, Northern Telecom and IBM. He developed a self-guided robot for his undergraduate thesis project. While at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Draper Labs (1985-1992), Chamitoff worked on several NASA projects. He performed stability analysis for the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, designed flight control upgrades for the Space Shuttle autopilot, and developed Space Station attitude control system software. In his doctoral thesis he developed a new approach for robust intelligent flight control of hypersonic vehicles. From 1993 to 1995 Dr. Chamitoff was a visiting professor at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he led a research group in the development of autonomous flight vehicles, and taught courses in flight dynamics and control. He has published numerous papers on aircraft and spacecraft guidance and control, trajectory optimization, and Mars mission design.
In 1998, Chamitoff joined Mission Operations at the Johnson Space Center, where he developed software applications for spacecraft attitude monitoring, prediction, analysis and maneuver optimization.
Selected by NASA for the Astronaut Class of 1998, Dr. Chamitoff started training in August 1998, and was qualified for flights as a Mission specialist in 2000. His assignments in the Astronaut Office included development of procedures and display for the Space Station, crew support for ISS-6, voice communication with the crew during ISS-9 and robotics aboard the Space Station.
In July 2002, Dr. Chamitoff was a crewmember of the Aquarius undersea research habitat for 9 days as part of the NEEMO 3 mission (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations). Dr. Chamitoff is currently assigned as ISS Flight Engineer-2 and Science Officer during long-duration Expedition 17.
Based on NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center materials (USA).