Frank Culbertson is executive vice president and general manager of the Advanced Programs Group for Orbital Sciences Corp., responsible for the company's Commercial Orbital Transportation System effort as well as multiple National Security Space related projects.
Previously, he served as the company's senior vice president for Human Space Systems. Prior to joining Orbital, he was senior vice president at SAIC following an eighteen-year career as a NASA Astronaut.
Mr. Culbertson has flown three space missions and logged over 144 days in space as a shuttle commander, pilot, and station crewmember. His last mission launched on the Shuttle Endeavour and lasted for 129 days, from August 10 until December 17, 2001. During that mission, he lived and worked aboard the International Space Station for 125 days and was Commander for 117 days.
Mr. Culbertson also held several key management positions within the NASA Shuttle and ISS programs and was program manager of the Shuttle-Mir Program. He is a 1971 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Prior to being named an astronaut, he was a naval aviator, a fighter pilot, and a test pilot. Mr. Culbertson he retired from the Navy with the rank of captain 1997.
Mr. Culbertson has received numerous honors, including the Legion of Merit, the Navy Flying Cross, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the NAA/FAI Gagarin Gold Medal, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2010.