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Olivas



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Olivas
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Olivas, John Daniel 'Danny' (1965-) Hispanic-American engineer mission specialist astronaut 1998-2010. Flew on STS-117, STS-128.

Grew up in El Paso, Texas.. Educated Texas-El Paso; Houston; Rice. Total EVA Time: 0.59 days. Number of EVAs: 2.


Official NASA Biography

NAME: John D. Olivas (Ph.D.)
NASA Astronaut Candidate (Mission Specialist)

PERSONAL DATA:
Born May 25, 1966 in North Hollywood, California, but considers El Paso, Texas to be his hometown. Married to the former Marie K. Schwarzkopf, also of El Paso, Texas. They have 3 children. Recreational interests include running, weightlifting, hunting, fishing, surfing, and mountain biking. His parents, Juan and Carmen Olivas, reside in El Paso, Texas. Her parents, Donald and Dorothy Schwarzkopf also reside in El Paso, Texas.

EDUCATION:
Graduated from Burges High School, El Paso, Texas, in 1984, received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas-El Paso in 1989, a masters of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston in 1993 and a doctorate in mechanical engineering and materials science from Rice University in 1996.

ORGANIZATIONS:
American Society of Materials International (ASM International), Texas Registered Professional Engineer, Sigma Chi Fraternity.

AWARDS:
Four NASA Class One Tech Brief Awards (1997 and 1998), Five JPL-California Institute of Technology Novel Technology Report Recognitions (1997 and 1998) Pan American Institute Scholarship Award (1995), NASA ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Award (1995), Rice University Scholarship (1994), Dow Life Saving Award (1992).

EXPERIENCE:
After graduating in 1989, Olivas worked until 1994 for the Texas Operations Division of the Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. While there, he was a mechanical/materials engineer responsible for performing equipment stress/failure analysis for over 80 operating facilities. After completing his masters degree in 1993, Olivas pursued his doctorate while supporting engine coating evaluations for C-5 maintenance operations at Kelly Air Force Base. In the Summer of 1995, he worked as a Summer Faculty Fellow for the Crew and Thermal Systems Directorate at NASA-Johnson Space Center, evaluating materials for application to the next generation Extravehicular Mobility Unit.

Upon completing his doctorate, in the Spring of 1996, he moved to Los Angeles, California, to join an aerospace materials consulting firm. In the Fall, Olivas was offered a senior research engineer position at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Quality Assurance Section, in Pasadena, California. His research included the development of tools and methodologies for nondestructively evaluating microelectronics and structural materials subjected to space environments. Shortly after, he was promoted to Program Element Manager of the JPL Advanced Interconnect and Manufacturing Assurance Program. This NASA sponsored research effort included scientific investigations aimed at evaluating the reliability and susceptibility of state-of-the-art microelectronics for use in future NASA projects. Additionally, he was the JPL lead for the NASA Safety Reliability and Quality Assurance Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) program and was the sole NASA representative investigating applications of NDE to microelectronics applications. Through his career, he has authored and presented numerous papers at technical conferences and in scientific journals and is principal developer of seven inventions.

NASA EXPERIENCE:
Selected by NASA in June 1998, he reported for training in August 1998. Astronaut Candidate Training includes orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. Following a period of training and evaluation, Olivas will receive technical assignments within the Astronaut Office before being assigned to a space flight.

OCTOBER 1998

Birth Place: North Hollywood, California.
Status: Inactive.


Born: 1965.05.25.
Spaceflights: 2 .
Total time in space: 27.71 days.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • NASA Group 17 - 1998 Requirement: pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights. Nickname: The Penguins. Originally called the Dodos by the Sardines, after an extinct flightless bird; they renamed themselves after a flightless bird that eats fish... More...

Associated Flights
  • STS-117 Crew: Sturckow, Archambault, Forrester, Swanson, Olivas, Reilly. Final major step in assembly of the ISS truss and power-generating solar array segments. The S3/S4 Truss and its solar arrays were delivered and installed. More...
  • STS-128 Crew: Sturckow, Ford, Forrester, Hernandez, Fuglesang, Olivas. Deliver to the ISS and install the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM); Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC); Three-crew quarters, galley, and second treadmill (TVIS2); and the Crew Health Care System 2 (CHeCS 2). More...

Associated Programs
  • ISS Finally completed in 2010 after a torturous 25-year development and production process, the International Space Station was originally conceived as the staging post for manned exploration of the solar systrem. Instead, it was seemed to be the death knell of manned spaceflight. More...

Bibliography
  • NASA Astronaut Biographies, Johnson Space Center, NASA, 1995-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Olivas Chronology


1985 July 19 - .
  • NASA Astronaut Training Group 17 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson, Clayton; Archambault; Caldwell; Chamitoff; Creamer; Ferguson; Foreman; Fossum; Ham; Hilliard; Johnson, Gregory C; Johnson, Gregory H; Love; Melvin; Morgan; Nespoli; Oefelein; Olivas; Patrick; Poindexter; Pontes; Reisman; Swanson; Vittori. The group was selected to provide pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights.. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.

    Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. Of 25 Americans, eight pilots and 17 mission specialists.


2007 June 8 - . 23:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-117.
  • STS-117 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Sturckow; Archambault; Forrester; Swanson; Olivas; Reilly; Anderson, Clayton. Return Crew: Sturckow; Archambault; Forrester; Swanson; Olivas; Reilly; Williams. Payload: Atlantis F28 / S3, S4. Mass: 122,685 kg (270,474 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Sturckow; Archambault; Forrester; Swanson; Olivas; Reilly; Anderson, Clayton; Williams. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117; ISS EO-15-2. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 13.84 days. Decay Date: 2007-06-22 . USAF Sat Cat: 31600 . COSPAR: 2007-024A. Apogee: 341 km (211 mi). Perigee: 330 km (200 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min. The shuttle delivered the S3 and S4 truss segments to the starboard side of the International Space Station. The crew made three spacewalks to install these truss segments, conduct other station reconfiguration and installation work, deploy the solar arrays and prepare them for operation. A fourth spacewalk was added to repair loose re-entry insulation on the shuttle and get-ahead installation work on the outside of the station. The shuttle delivered NASA long-term ISS crew member Clayton Anderson to the station; and returned Suni Williams to earth. At the conclusion of this mission the station finally achieved its full-power, dual-boom configuration first conceived for Space Station Freedom in the 1980's.

2007 June 10 - .
2007 June 10 - .
2007 June 11 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas; Forrester; Archambault; Kotov. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The International Space Station grew in size and capability today when the S3/S4 Truss became a permanent addition as crewmembers worked inside and outside the complex to complete the final hookups.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 12 - .
2007 June 12 - . 20:02 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-1 - . Crew: Reilly; Olivas. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.26 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The crew connected power, data and cooling cables between the S1 and S3 trusses; deployed the four solar array blanket boxes on S4; released the photovoltaic radiator on S4; rotated the keel pin on S3; modified the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint; and removed SARJ launch locks.

2007 June 13 - .
2007 June 13 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Olivas; Swanson; Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Just a few launch restraint bolts stand between the International Space Station’s new solar arrays and rotation, following a seven hour and 16 minute spacewalk by Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester and Steve Swanson.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 14 - .
2007 June 14 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Reilly; Olivas; Archambault; Sturckow. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The space shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station crews inside the station today partially retracted a solar array and prepared for the third spacewalk that will focus on repair of a damaged thermal blanket on the shuttle and assisting “on the scene” with additional retraction of the array. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 15 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Swanson; Olivas. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis are only hours from the week’s third spacewalk out of the International Space Station, a 6˝-hour excursion to repair a thermal blanket on the orbiter and assist in folding up a solar array on the station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 15 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas; Swanson; Forrester; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The situation aboard space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station improved greatly today following repair of a protruding thermal blanket, restoring power to problematic Russian navigation computers, and completing retraction of a finicky solar array. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 16 - .
2007 June 16 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Olivas; Swanson; Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: A new spaceflight endurance record was set this morning as 10 astronauts and cosmonauts slept on the docked space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 16 - . 17:24 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-3 - . Crew: Reilly; Olivas. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.33 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Olivas spent the first two hours stapling down loose re-entry thermal insulation on Atlantis’ orbital maneuvering system pod. Reilly meanwhile installed the hydrogen vent valve of a new oxygen generation system on the Destiny laboratory. They then worked together on the wearisome task of folding an old solar array on the station in preparation for its move to another location on the station later in the year.

2007 June 20 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #25 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Olivas; Swanson; Archambault; Sturckow. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Space shuttle Atlantis’ astronauts spent – weather permitting – their last full day on orbit today getting their ship ready to return home tomorrow with two landing opportunities available at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at 12:55 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 22 - . 19:50 GMT - .
2009 August 29 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle.
  • STS-128 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Sturckow; Ford; Forrester; Hernandez; Fuglesang; Olivas; Stott. Payload: Discovery F36 /. Mass: 121,420 kg (267,680 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: STS-128; ISS EO-20; ISS EO-19. Spacecraft: Discovery . Duration: 13.87 days. Decay Date: 2009-09-12 00:53:00 . USAF Sat Cat: 35811 . COSPAR: 2009-045A. Apogee: 352 km (218 mi). Perigee: 310 km (190 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min. Crew: Sturckow, Ford, Forrester, Hernandez, Fuglesang, Olivas. Deliver to the ISS and install the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM); Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC); Three-crew quarters, galley, and second treadmill (TVIS2); and the Crew Health Care System 2 (CHeCS 2).

2009 September 1 - .
  • EVA STS-128-1 - . Crew: Olivas; Stott. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.27 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-128; ISS EO-20; ISS EO-19. Summary: The crew exited at 21:48 and retrieved the EUTEF and MISSE 6 experiments from the Columbus module. The hatch was closed at 04:19 GMT..

2009 September 3 - .
  • EVA STS-128-2 - . Crew: Olivas; Fuglesang. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.28 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-128; ISS EO-20; ISS EO-19. Summary: The crew exited at 22:09 and replaced an ammonia tank assembly on the P1 truss. The hatch was closed at 04:45 GMT..

2009 September 5 - .
  • EVA STS-128-3 - . Crew: Olivas; Fuglesang. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.29 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-128; ISS EO-20; ISS EO-19. Summary: The crew exited at 20:38 and deployed the S3 payload attach system. The hatch was closed at 03:34 GMT..

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