William B. Lenoir

Born March 14, 1939, in Miami, Florida
BS and MS and Doctorate of Philosophy in electrical engineering from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

About the Man

From 1964 to 1965, Lenoir was an instructor at MIT; and in 1965, he was named assistant professor of electrical engineering. His work at MIT included teaching electromagnetic theory and systems theory as well as performing research in remote sensing. He was an investigator in several satellite experiments and continued research in this area while fulfilling his astronaut assignments. Lenoir is a registered professional engineer in Texas. He has logged over 3,000 hours of flying time in jet aircraft. Dr. Lenoir was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in August 1967. He completed the initial academic training and a 53-week course in flight training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

Lenoir was backup science-pilot for Skylab 3 and Skylab 4, the second and third manned missions in the Skylab Program. During Skylab 4, he was co-leader of the visual observations project and coordinator between the flight crew and the principal investigators for the solar science experiments.

From September 1974 to July 1976, Lenoir spent approximately one-half of his time as leader of the NASA Satellite Power Team. This team was formed to investigate the potential of large-scale satellite power systems for terrestrial utility consumption and to make program recommendations to NASA Headquarters. Lenoir supported the Space Shuttle program in the areas of orbit operations, training, extravehicular activity, and payload deployment and retrieval.

About the Spaceflight


November 11 - 16, 1982

The STS 5 crew consisted of Vance D. Brand, Commander; Robert F. Overmyer, Pilot; Joseph P. Allen, Mission Specialist, and William B. Lenoir, Mission Specialist The crew of STS 5 deployed two commercial communications satellites, each equipped with Payload Assist Module-D (PAM-D) solid rocket motor, which fired about 45 minutes after deployment, placing each satellite into highly elliptical orbit. They also conducted One Get Away Special and three Shuttle Student Involvement Program (SSIP) experiments.

Flight Duration: Five days, two hours, 14 minutes 26 seconds

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