The last commander of the Space Shuttle – and the future of space transportation

October 14, 2015

Who: Christopher Ferguson (Boeing)
When: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 15:00
Where: O100

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Space shuttle Atlantis is seen as it launches from pad 39A on Friday, July 8, 2011, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The launch of Atlantis, STS-135, is the final flight of the shuttle program, a 12-day mission to the International Space Station.  Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)Meet Chris Ferguson, the last NASA Space Shuttle commander, and learn about space travel, being an astronaut and the future of space transportation. Today Chris is Boeing’s Deputy Program Manager, Operations, for the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner program. The Boeing CST-100 Starliner is the next-generation spacecraft that will transport humans to low-Earth orbit beginning in 2017.

As a NASA Astronaut, Chris was pilot of STS-115 (Atlantis) and commander of STS-126 (Endeavour). He was also the commander of the final shuttle mission, STS-135 (Atlantis) in July 2011 that marked the end of the US Space Shuttle
program. Chris has logged more than 40 days in space and 5,700 hours in more than 30 high performance aircraft as a US Navy fighter pilot and instructor.

Chris in Denmark to support the award of a research and development contract by Boeing Defence, Space & Security to Falck Schmidt Defence Systems in Odense, to manufacture a groundbreaking carbon-fiber aerostructure that could lead to lighter, stronger and more affordable spacecraft, including satellites.

Christopher (Chris) Ferguson is Boeing’s Deputy Program Manager, Operations, for the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner program. He earned his Navy Wings in 1986 and served as an F-14 Tomcat pilot and also attended the Navy Fighter Weapon School (TOPGUN). He served as the F 14D weapon separation project officer and instructor pilot at the Navy’s Test Pilot School. He joined the “Checkmates” of VF 211 in 1995, deploying to the Western Pacific/Persian Gulf and briefly served as the logistics officer for the Atlantic Fleet prior to his selection to the space program. Ferguson has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.