Bob CrippenRobert L. Crippen became a NASA astronaut in September 1969. He was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Skylab 2, 3, and 4 missions, and served in this same capacity for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission, which was completed successfully in July 1975. He served as pilot on STS-1 (April 12-14, 1981), and was the spacecraft commander on STS-7 (June 18-24, 1983), STS-41C (April 6-13, 1984) and STS-41G (October 5-13, 1984).

A four flight veteran, Crippen has logged over 565 hours in space, orbited the earth 374 times and traveled over 9.4 million miles. From 1986-1989, he was assigned as deputy director, Shuttle Operations, for NASA Headquarters at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, responsible for final Shuttle preparation, mission execution, and return of the orbiter to KSC after landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He also served as director, Space Shuttle, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. from 1990 until he was named KSC director in 1992.

Biography courtesy NASA

During the spring semester of 2010, Captain Crippen returned to campus to visit with our students. Read more about his visit.

Crippen is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Ufuk Topcu Leads $7.5 Million Project to Create Truly Autonomous Systems

Ufuk Topcu is leading a research team that is planning for a future when unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have the ability to fly themselves in emergency situations.

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May 22, 2018

Texas Guadaloop Prepares for SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

The UT Hyperloop team, Texas Guadaloop, is preparing for this summer's SpaceX Hyperloop competition.

May 16, 2018

Todd Humphreys' Aerial Robotics Tournament Featured on KXAN News

Todd Humphreys' aerial robotics course, which required students to design and fly quadcopters in a tournament "final," was featured on KXAN News.

Upcoming Seminar

May 22, 2018

Integrated photonics put at full stretch: strain-optical coupling in mechanically flexible systems

Juejun Hu

Location: WRW 102
Time: 3:30 pm

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This cloud-based laboratory created by Dr. Luis Sentis and his graduate students allows students and researchers to run experiments with equipment housed at UT Austin from anywhere in the world.

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