Bruce E. Melnick

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Bruce Edward Melnick
Bruce E. Melnick.jpg
NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Retired
Born (1949-12-05) December 5, 1949 (age 64)
New York City, New York
Other occupation
Coast Guard
Rank Commander, USCG
Time in space
12d 23h 27m
Selection 1987 NASA Group
Missions STS-41, STS-49
Mission insignia
Sts-41-patch.pngSts-49-patch.png

Bruce Edward Melnick (born December 5, 1949) is a former American astronaut and retired United States Coast Guard officer. Following retirement from NASA and the Coast Guard, he entered the aerospace industry. He served as a Vice President with the Boeing Co.'s Integrated Defense Systems group, in charge of Boeing's Florida operations at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Melnick retired in 2008 and currently resides on Merritt Island, Florida.

Melnick graduated from Clearwater High School, Clearwater, Florida, in 1967. He then went on to receive a bachelor's degree in engineering with honors from the United States Coast Guard Academy, and a master’s degree in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of science degree from the University of West Florida on 28 April 2001.[1]

Coast Guard career[edit]

Melnick spent 20 years in the United States Coast Guard, rising to the rank of Commander. His assignments included serving as operations officer and chief test pilot at the Coast Guard Aircraft Program Office in Grand Prairie, Texas. In that capacity, he conducted most of the developmental and all of the acceptance test flights for the HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, including sea trials, and wrote the HH-65 flight manual.

During his Coast Guard service, Melnick received numerous awards, including two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Secretary of Transportation Heroism Award.

In 1992, he received the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Distinguished Alumni Award. He logged over 5,000 hours flying time, predominantly in the HH-3F Pelican, HH-52 Sea Guard, HH-65 Dolphin, and T-38 Talon aircraft. Melnick was selected by NASA in 1987 and became an astronaut in August 1988 with the missions STS-41 and STS-49. He was the first Coast Guard aviator to participate in the space program, and was the first Coast Guard aviator into space.

Commander Melnick retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and left NASA in July 1992.

Aerospace-industry career[edit]

Currently, Bruce Melnick is the Vice President for Boeing Florida Operations at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Melnick’s organization, a part of the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems group, provides a variety of support services to Boeing programs in the state. Headquartered in Titusville, Florida, the organization has approximately 2,400 employees. Services provided by Boeing in Florida include engineering, facilities and maintenance support to NASA and the Department of Defense for the Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Delta rocket programs. Melnick is also responsible for the pursuit of new business for the company in Florida.

Melnick was formerly the Boeing Company Vice President at KSC for the Payload Ground Operations Contract with NASA, with 1,600 employees. The contract included all the engineering and facilities support and maintenance activities related to preparing spacecraft and/or payloads for the Space Shuttle missions prior to launch and after landing. The division also provided support to NASA and its contractors for the International Space Station hardware.

Prior to joining Boeing (McDonnell Douglas at the time), Melnick was Vice President/Director for Shuttle Engineering at United Space Alliance, formerly Lockheed Martin Space Operations, from 1994 to 1996. From 1992 to 1994, he was Director of Process Improvement Technology at Lockheed Space Operations Company.

Affiliations[edit]

Memberships:

Board of Directors:

  • Astronaut Memorial Planetarium
  • Crosswinds Youth Services, Inc.
  • National Space Club
  • Florida Space Research Institute
  • Florida Space Authority
  • Economic Development Commission
  • Space Coast Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Board of Governors:

Brevard Community College Foundation

Board of Advisors:

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ "BRUCE E. MELNICK". NASA. Retrieved 2009-03-17.