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Dr Byron Kurt Lichtenberg Status: Inactive. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Payload Specialist. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Two. Birth Date: 19 February 1948. Birth City: Straudsburg. Birth State: Pennsylvania. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Group: Payload Specialist. Date Selected: 01 May 1978. Date Departed: 02 April 1992. Number of Flights: 2. Total Time: 19.25 days.

NAME: Byron Kurt Lichtenberg

BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Lictenberg was born February 19, 1948, in Straudsburg, Pennsylvania, and graduated from high school there in 1965.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1969. Master of Science in mechanical engineering in 1975 and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering in 1979 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

EXPERIENCE: Lictenberg joined the U.S. Air Force via ROTC. After graduation from Brown he trained as a pilot at Williams AFB, Arizona, earning his wings in 1970. For the next three years he was an F-4 pilot, flying 138 combat missions with the 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron based at Ubon, Thailand. He left active duty in 1973 and returned to college.

In 1977 Lichtenberg applied for the NASA astronaut group but was not chosen. In 1978, he was selected as a Spacelab payload specialist.

Following his flights on Spacelab, Lichtenberg co-founded Payload Systems, a company devoted to the commercial uses of space. PSI experiments have flown aboard the Russian Mir space station.

Thereafter, Lichtenberg was President of Omega Aerospace, Inc. and was a pilot for Southwest Airlines. He served as a Board member for the Association of Space Explorers and the National Space Society. Lichtenberg was also an A-10 fighter pilot with the Massachusetts Air National Guard.


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