Michael Ciannilli

Michael Ciannilli is a NASA Test Director at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In this role he oversaw the processing and checkout of the Space Shuttle from landing thru launch, including leading the entire launch team through launch countdown operations. During the Space Shuttle Program, Mike was also a Landing Recovery Director and was responsible for ensuring the readiness of the ground teams for landing operations. In this capacity, he was responsible to lead emergency management and recovery operations in the event of a launch or entry accident. Additionally, Mike is the Project Manager of both the Space Shuttle Columbia Research and Preservation Office and the Space Shuttle Challenger Office. Ciannilli leads the Media Integration Team at KSC and also participates in extensive media and education outreach activities around the world. Currently, Mike is helping to lead the Communications, Command and Control operational development for potential future programs. Prior to joining NASA, Mike began his space program career as a member of the United Space Alliance team as a Fuel Cell Systems Engineer. He also served as a Test Project Engineer and Orbiter Processing Engineer with the responsibility of leading the engineering teams for vehicle and ground systems during processing and launch countdown. Ciannilli was also the Launch Countdown Simulation Lead, responsible for designing, conducting and leading the launch team through numerous countdown simulations. Mike attended the Florida Institute of Technology and received a degree in Space Science. His hometown is Syracuse, NY

Broadcast 1816 (Special Edition)

Guests: Michael Ciannilli, Leonard David. Topics: Columbia lessons learned & human spaceflight safety issues. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.

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