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Robert Lee Curbeam, Jr. 05.03.1962
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Robert Lee Curbeam, Jr. został pierwszym czarnoskórym astronautą, który brał udział w wyprawie do ISS. Zadaniem misji było wyniesienie amerykańskiego laboratorium Destiny.

Podczas tej misji był uczestnikiem setnego amerykańskiego spaceru kosmicznego w dniu 12 lutego 2001 roku.


S95-09671 --- Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, mission specialist

S98-08189 (March 1998) --- Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., is assisted by Robert (Nick) Barnett (out of frame at left) prior to an underwater training session in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) at the Sonny Carter Training Center near the Johnson Space Center (JSC). The training took place prior to Curbeam's assignment as a mission specialist on the STS-98 mission. Attired in pressurized and specially-weighted (for neutral buoyancy) training versions of the extravehicular mobility unit (EMU), astronauts frequently use the giant pool to rehearse both scheduled and contingency space walks.


STS98-E-5075 (10 February 2001) --- Pictured on the mid deck the Space Shuttle Atlantis, astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, STS-98 mission specialist, will be repeating this scene of suit donning (and doffing) a number of times as he will be participating in three separate space walks during the ISS 5A flight. The scene was recorded with a digital still camera during Flight Day 4 activity.

STS098-355-0034 (7-20 February 2001) --- Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, mission specialist, works out on the ergometer device on the mid deck of the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Atlantis.


STS98-E-5192 (12 February 2001) --- Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, STS-98 mission specialist, is pictured near Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA-3) during the second of three scheduled space walks on 5A. The scene was recorded with a digital still camera.

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STS98-E-5009 (8 February 2001) --- Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, mission specialist, reads over a duty schedule on the mid deck of the Space Shuttle Atlantis during early stages of the STS-98 mission. The scene was recorded with a digital still camera.


STS98-E-5005 (8 February 2001) -- Astronauts Marsha S. Ivins and Robert L. Curbeam, mission specialists, are seen on the mid deck of the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Atlantis in one of the first STS-98 digital still camera scenes to be down linked from the shuttle.


STS098-365-0034 (7-20 February 2001) --- The crew of the STS-98 mission poses for the traditional inflight portrait on the flight deck of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. From left are astronauts Kenneth D. Cockrell, mission commander; Marsha S. Ivins, mission specialist; Thomas D. Jones, mission specialist; Mark L. Polansky, pilot; and Robert L. Curbeam, mission specialist.


STS98-E-5276 (15 February 2001) --- Six NASA astronauts and two Russian cosmonauts pose for a group portrait representing both shuttle and station crews near the end of several days of joint work aboard the International Space Station (ISS). In front, from the left, are astronauts Kenneth D. Cockrell, STS-98 commander; William M. (Bill) Shepherd, Expedition One commander; and Robert L. Curbeam, STS-98 mission specialist. In the rear, from the left, are cosmonaut Sergei K. Krikalev, Expedition One flight engineer; astronaut Marsha S. Ivins, STS-98 mission specialist; astronaut Mark L. Polansky, shuttle pilot; cosmonaut Yuri P. Gidzenko, Soyuz commander for Expedition One; and astronaut Thomas D. Jones, shuttle mission specialist.


STS98-E-5284 (15 February 2001) --- These five astronauts take a break from Destiny laboratory installation work as they near an end to their several days' visit aboard the International Space Station (ISS). From the left are astronauts Robert L. Curbeam, Mark L. Polansky, Kenneth D. Cockrell, Thomas D. Jones and Marsha S. Ivins. Their posed position might be termed "upside down" on Earth, but in their weightless environment the arrangement makes for no one-gravity complications like blood rushing to the head, etc. The scene was recorded with a digital still camera.


JSC2001-E-04809 (21 February 2001) --- Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, mission specialist, speaks to a crowd at the welcome home ceremony for the five STS-98 crew members.


STS098-331-0017 (7-20 February 2001) --- In the grasp of the shuttle's remote manipulator system (RMS) robot arm, the Destiny laboratory is moved from its stowage position in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The photo was taken by astronaut Thomas D. Jones, who was participating in one of three STS-98/5A space walks at the time. Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam (out of frame) also made the three space walks.

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Odp: Robert Lee Curbeam, Jr. 05.03.1962
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How I Made It: After 900 hours in space, Robert Curbeam is now down to earth at Raytheon
By SAMANTHA MASUNAGASTAFF WRITER NOV. 26, 2017 6 AM PT


Robert Curbeam, a retired U.S. Navy captain and former astronaut, now works as vice president and deputy of space systems at Raytheon Co.(Raytheon)

Robert Curbeam, 55, is vice president and deputy of the space systems division at Raytheon Co. A retired U.S. Navy captain and former NASA astronaut, Curbeam co-holds the record for most spacewalks — four — by one astronaut during a single Space Shuttle mission.

Inspired by mom

Born and raised in Baltimore, Curbeam is the son of a factory worker father and chemistry teacher mother. He inherited his mother’s knack for science. As a child, Curbeam would head to the end of his block and look south at dusk in hopes of catching a glimpse of Skylab, the U.S. space station that orbited the Earth from 1973 to 1979.

To this day, he’s not sure whether he ever truly saw it zoom overhead, but the spacecraft design leaps of the Apollo era and the development of the so-called “teen series” of fighter jets like the F-14 Tomcat sparked Curbeam’s passion for aerospace engineering.

“With my mom’s influence, I had a love of science really, really early,” Curbeam said. “I was always interested in knowing how things worked.”

Choosing a path

In 1980, Curbeam entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., intending to become a Marine. A three-day trip underwater aboard the USS Benjamin Franklin ballistic missile submarine made him consider a career in subs. But a day before an interview, he chose to go with his childhood love of aviation.

“I just sat there and said, ‘I’ve always just loved airplanes,’ ” Curbeam said. “This is always what I wanted to do.”

Flight tests

After graduating from the Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, Curbeam began naval flight officer training, got his wings and then flew F-14 fighter jets off the now-scrapped USS Forrestal aircraft carrier on deployments to the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas and Arctic and Indian oceans.

He attended the Navy Fighter Weapons School, better known as Top Gun, and later went to test-pilot school, graduating in 1991. He also got a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Curbeam served as project officer for the F-14 air-to-ground weapons separation program, which performed flight tests to ensure that the laser-guided bombs, practice munitions and forward-looking infrared system were compatible with the aircraft and safe to use.

“That was probably the most professionally satisfying job of my career,” he said. “They had a motto in strike ordnance — ‘What are you doing for the fleet today?’ — and I felt like every day, I was doing good work to help the fleet perform its mission.”

With my mom’s influence, I had a love of science really, really early.


     Robert Curbeam

Ready for launch

A 1991 field trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston changed Curbeam’s career trajectory. There, he met NASA astronaut Kathy Thornton, who briefed the Navy test pilots on her time in space. Curbeam was most intrigued by the amount of technical work done by the astronauts.

“The more she talked, the more convinced I was that I wanted to be like her,” he said.

He applied to be an astronaut in 1993 and got the phone call from NASA on Dec. 7, 1994.



U.S. space shuttle Discovery mission specialist Robert Curbeam inspects a balky solar array Dec. 18, 2006, on the International Space Station. NASA / AFP/Getty Images

Curbeam would go on to log more than 901 hours in space — including 45 hours on spacewalks — as part of three space shuttle missions.

But on his very first spacewalk, a connector to a hose he was supposed to hook from a cooling system on the International Space Station to the U.S. lab began to leak, spraying toxic ammonia everywhere, including on him. Curbeam described the experience as “moving a hose in a blizzard.”

His training from naval aviation kicked in, and he was able to stay calm, communicate with the ground crew, stop the leak and get decontaminated so he could get back to the spacecraft.

“The ability to take a situation that has gone either wrong or has gone badly … and calmly and coolly address it and succeed in that endeavor to mitigate the risk is real, real important,” Curbeam said.

Going into business

Upon retiring from NASA and the Navy in 2007, Curbeam joined the private sector, fulfilling a longtime goal of entering the business world. After spending 3 1/2 years at risk-management firm Ares Corp., he was approached by Raytheon and became vice president of mission assurance in 2011. Two years ago, he moved to El Segundo to join the company’s space systems division.

One of the main projects he oversees is the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, also known as VIIRS, which is an instrument that monitors global weather patterns and has been launched on two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationsatellites. Curbeam also leads the division’s civil and international business.

“At the end of the day, it’s about building systems that work on time, first time, every time,” he said.

Personal

Curbeam lives in Playa Vista and loves to golf, lift weights and exercise. He has two adult children: a daughter who lives in Chicago and a son in Dallas.


https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-himi-curbeam-20171126-htmlstory.html

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