Gregory R. Wiseman
|Gregory R. Wiseman|
November 11, 1975 |
|Other occupation||Test pilot|
|Selection||2009 NASA Group|
Gregory Reid Wiseman (born November 11, 1975) is an American astronaut and naval aviator. Wiseman was selected in June 2009 as a member of the NASA Astronaut Group 20 and qualified as an astronaut in 2011. Although he has never flown in space, Wiseman is currently in training for his first spaceflight as part of the crew of Expedition 40/41, tentatively scheduled for launch to the International Space Station in May 2014. Before joining NASA, Wiseman was a Naval aviator and test pilot.
Personal life and education
Reid Wiseman, callsign Tonto, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and a graduate of Dulaney High School in the suburb of Timonium, earned a degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He subsequently obtained a master's degree in systems engineering from Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University in 2006. Wiseman is married and has two daughters as of 2009.
Reid was commissioned through R.O.T.C. following graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1997 and reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1999 and reported to Fighter Squadron 101, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, for transition to the F-14 Tomcat. Following his initial training, Reid was assigned to Fighter Squadron 31, also at Oceana, and made two deployments to the Middle East supporting Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
During his second deployment in 2003, he was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Class 125. Following graduation in June 2004, Reid was assigned as a Test Pilot and Project Officer at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. At VX-23, Reid earned his M.S. degree and worked various flight test programs involving the F-35 Lightning II, F-18 weapons separation, Ship Suitability, and the T-45 Goshawk.
Following his tour at Patuxent River, Reid reported to Carrier Air Wing Seventeen as the Strike Operations Officer where he completed a deployment around South America. From there he was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 103, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, flying the FA-18F Super Hornet. He was deployed to the Middle East when he was selected for Astronaut training. While in service with the U.S. Navy, he was awarded the Air Medal with Combat V (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, various other campaign and service awards.
On June 29, 2009, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced Wiseman's selection as one of nine candidates from 3,500 applicants to begin astronaut training. At the time, he was serving as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy, flying as a pilot with Strike Fighter Squadron 103 on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, based in Oceana, Virginia. Wiseman said he often went to the U.S. Navy's "Blue Angels" shows as a youth and developed the strong desire to become an astronaut when he saw a space shuttle launch in person in 2001.
Wiseman is currently training to fly to the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 40/41 crew. The mission will be six months in duration and is tentatively scheduled for May to November 2014.
- NASA HQ (June 29, 2009). "NASA Selects New Astronauts for Future Space Exploration". NASA. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009.
- "ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst to fly to Space Station in 2014". European Space Agency. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- Roylance, Frank D. (June 30, 2009). "Gregory Wiseman picked to be astronaut". The Baltimore Sun. p. 4.
- NASA (September, 2009). "Bio: Gregory R. Wiseman". NASA. Retrieved 2009-10-11.