Doug Shane

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Douglas B. Shane
Commercial Astronaut
Nationality American
Other occupation
Executive, Test Pilot
Selection SpaceShipOne 2003
Missions None

Douglas B. Shane is President of The Spaceship Company, as well as an American test pilot who has trained as a commercial astronaut. He was a member of the Scaled Composites astronaut team[1] and one of the test pilots for SpaceShipOne, the experimental spaceplane developed by Scaled Composites. Shane worked as the operations director on the SpaceShipOne project in addition to being one of the craft's astronaut pilots,[2] and later served as President of Scaled Composites from 2008 through early 2013.

Personal[edit]

Shane received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas in 1982. That same year, Shane joined Scaled Composites in Mojave, California as a test pilot.

Shane designed a new model of single-engine, fixed wing airplane — the Shane Runabout — in 1988.[3]

In 1997, Shane received the Iven C. Kincheloe Award from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots for his flight test work on the Williams V-Jet II and Vision Aire Vantage. He is a past President of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Career[edit]

Scaled Composites[edit]

Shane joined Scaled as a founding member in 1982. After 1989, he was been responsible for business development, contracts, and proposals, as well as the Company's flight test operations. Despite his management responsibilities, he is still an active test pilot for Scaled. In June 2008, Shane was appointed president of Scaled Composites, taking over this role from previous president and company founder Burt Rutan. He stayed in this position for five years.[4]

Although he was one of the four qualified pilots for SpaceShipOne, Shane did not fly any of the Ansari X Prize qualification flights of the craft in 2004. Instead, as director of flight operations, he supervised the flights from the control room.[2]

The Spaceship Company[edit]

In June 2013, Shane joined The Spaceship Company (TSC) to become Executive VP and General Manager, ending a 31-year career with Scaled Composites, including five as President.[4] He was promoted to President of TSC in July 2014.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Image Gallery: X PRIZE: The Competition is Heating Up". Space.com. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "SHANE DOUGLAS B SHANE RUNABOUT - 1 Aircraft Registrations, Owners, Information". Aircraftone.com. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  4. ^ a b Lindsey, Clark (2013-06-28). "Doug Shane named Executive VP and General Manager of The Spaceship Company". NewSpace Watch. Retrieved 2013-06-29. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Doug Shane Named President of The Spaceship Company". Citizens in Space. Retrieved 2014-07-30.