Bryan Lunney


Bryan Lunney

Bryan Lunney (born January 12, 1966 in Harris County, Texas) is a NASA flight director.

Early life

The son of Apollo-era flight director Glynn Lunney, [cite web
last = Behar
first = Michael.
title = The Ground
work = Air and Space Magazine
date = October/November 2006
url = http://www.airspacemag.com/issues/2006/october-november/the_ground.php?page=1
accessdate = 2006-10-08
] Bryan Lunney grew up in Friendswood, Texas and attended Friendswood High School. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering. [cite web | title = Johnson Space Center Names 10 New Flight Directors | work = NASA press release J01-08 | date = January 19, 2001 | url = http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/news/releases/1999_2001/j01-08.html | accessdate = 2006-10-08 ]

NASA career

After graduation, Lunney took a job at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He worked in Mission Control as a Propulsion Engineer before moving to become head of the Motion Control Systems Group, a flight control position associated with the International Space Station. [cite web | title = Johnson Space Center Names 10 New Flight Directors | work = NASA press release J01-08 | date = January 19, 2001 | url = http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/news/releases/1999_2001/j01-08.html | accessdate = 2006-10-08 ]

In January, 2001, Lunney was appointed a flight director. [cite web | title = Johnson Space Center Names 10 New Flight Directors | work = NASA press release J01-08 | date = January 19, 2001 | url = http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/news/releases/1999_2001/j01-08.html | accessdate = 2006-10-08 ] He was on duty during the Expedition 4 mission when the International Space Station's computers failed, leaving the station's gyroscopes without the information they needed in order to hold the station's attitude stable. Lunney led controllers in creating a primitive but effective temporary solution to the problem, having the crew control the attitude of the space station based on their observations of the sun's position. He said later that “I felt like a fireman who’d walked out of a burning house having just rescued the kids from the bedroom.” [cite web | last = Behar | first = Michael. | title = The Ground | work = Air and Space Magazine | date = October/November 2006 | url = http://www.airspacemag.com/issues/2006/october-november/the_ground.php?page=1 | accessdate = 2006-10-08 ]

Lunney also worked as a flight director on Expedition 11, and as the Planning/Orbit 3 flight director on the STS-115 mission in September 2006. [ [http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/news/sts115/mob_081106.html Mission Overview Briefing Materials (STS-115)] ]

Lunney and his wife, the former Amori Syptak, have three children.

Footnotes

References

* cite web
last = Behar
first = Michael
title = The Ground
work = Air and Space Magazine
date = October/November 2006
url = http://www.airspacemag.com/issues/2006/october-november/the_ground.php?page=1
accessdate = 2006-10-08

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* [http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/news/sts115/mob_081106.html Mission Overview Briefing Materials (STS-115)]


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