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Robert Curbeam  

Former NASA Astronaut & Retired Captain in the U.S. Navy; Record Holder for Most Spacewalks During a Single Spaceflight

Astronaut Robert “Beamer” Curbeam was an astronaut with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He held a wide range of positions with NASA as director of Safety, Reliability, and Quality Assurance for the Constellation program, deputy director of Flight Crew Operations; and Spacecraft Communicator (CAPCOM) branch chief. Curbeam was second-in-command for safety across NASA, as the deputy associate administrator of Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA headquarters. During his tenure with NASA, he served on three space shuttle missions and seven spacewalks. He is currently tied for the record for the most spacewalks during a single spaceflight. During the STS-116 mission, Curbeam completed four spacewalks.

Curbeam retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years of service. He is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and Navy Test Pilot School; was lead project officer for the F-14 Air-to-Ground Weapons Separation Flight Test Program; and logged more than 3,000 flight hours in 25 different aircraft and spacecraft. Curbeam was named Fighter Wing One Radar Intercept Officer of the Year in 1989 and received the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Best Developmental Thesis (DT-II) Award.

Curbeam holds an advanced degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. He received his bachelor’s degree with merit in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He is currently the Vice President of Mission Assurance, Quality and Raytheon Six Sigma™ for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).

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