Michael Lounge

John Michael Lounge is Director of Business Development for Constellation, Space Exploration. He leads business development pursuit teams for NASA Constellation program elements. Prior to joining Boeing in 2002, Lounge was a Senior Vice President with SPACEHAB, Inc. In his 10 years with SPACEHAB he had primary responsibility for flight hardware development in support of the company’s commercial initiatives. Lounge was employed at the Johnson Space Center from July 1978 to June 1991. He worked as lead engineer for Space Shuttle-launched satellites, and also served as a member of the Skylab Reentry Flight Control Team. He completed these assignments while with the Payload Operations Division. Lounge joined the NASA Astronaut Corps with the astronaut candidate class of 1980. He served as a member of the launch support team at Kennedy Space Center for the STS-1, STS-2, and STS-3 missions. A veteran of three space flights, Lounge has logged over 482 hours in space. He was a mission specialist on STS-51I (August 27 to September 3, 1985) and STS-26 (September 29 to October 3, 1988) and was the flight engineer on STS-35 (December 2-10, 1990). Lounge served as the Director of Program Development for NASA Systems before assuming his present duties in February 2004. He entered on active duty with the United States Navy following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy and spent the next nine years in a variety of assignments. His awards include six Navy Air Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals (with Combat "V"), the JSC Superior Achievement Award (for service as a member of the Skylab Reentry Team), three NASA Exceptional Service Medals and three NASA Space Flight Medals. He is holder of three U.S. Patents. Lounge received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1969 and a Master of Science degree in Astrogeophysics from the University of Colorado in 1970.

Broadcast 761 (Special Edition)

This AIAA Space 2007 Conference discussion program featured Mike Lounge of Boeing, Dr. Randii Wessen of JPL, Col. Richard White Jr. of SMC Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA, and Bob Dickman, AIAA Executive Director. The purpose of our program was to let listeners know about the content, the variety, and the importance of this upcoming conference in Long Beach, CA from Sept. 18-20, 2007. Each guest spoke about an area of special interest featured at the conference, in addition to pointing NewSpace speakers, panels, and keynote speakers representing various parts of the space community.

Broadcast 269 (Special Edition)

John Michael Lounge, the Business Development Director for Space Exploration Systems, NASA Systems, Washington, D.C. was the guest on this Space Show program. Mr. Lounge talked at length about our future space program in the context of the new space policy initiative put forth by President Bush earlier this year. He talked about the importance of the vision and the actual program, why it should be international in scope and participation, and the progress being made to date by Boeing, NASA, and others in the aerospace industry toward realizing this vision.

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