Vice President, Space Exploration Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation
A former U.S. Air Force (USAF) pilot and NASA astronaut with more than 30 years of flight test experience, Steve Lindsey is the vice president of Space Exploration Systems for SNC. Lindsey oversees design, development, testing and operational employment of the Dream Chaser® spacecraft, a modern, reusable, lifting-body space system for transportation to low-Earth orbit.
Lindsey earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1982. In 1987, he was selected to attend graduate school at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where he completed a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering.
Lindsey was assigned to NASA as an astronaut candidate in 1995, becoming an astronaut the following year and qualifying for flight assignment as a pilot. During his 15+ year tenure at NASA, Lindsey completed five space flights and logged more than 1,510 hours in space. He served as pilot on STS-87 in 1997 and STS-95 in 1998, and was the mission commander on STS-104 in 2001, STS-121 in 2006 and STS-133 in 2011. He last served as chief of the astronaut corps. In 2015, Lindsey was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center.