Katherine A. Winters
Shuttle Launch Weather Officer
Katherine A. Winters became the Shuttle Launch Weather Officer, 45th Weather Squadron, 45th Space Wing, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in February 2002. She is responsible for providing weather support on a daily basis to pre-launch, launch, and post-launch operations.
During the launch countdown, Winters evaluates Range and Shuttle weather Launch Commit Criteria, and also forecasts weather for Solid Rocket Booster recovery operations. She is in frequent contact with the Launch Director and Landing Recovery Director during the countdown, providing updates and formal briefings leading up to the Launch Director's final launch poll. She also coordinates weather aircraft support with the Weather Coordinator in the Launch Control Center and Spaceflight Meteorology Group at Johnson Spaceflight Center.
Winters provides daily weather support to Kennedy Space Center ground and marine operations such as payload off-loads and moves, external tank barge operations, and shuttle hardware transfers. In addition to weather support for operations, she also assists in engineering analyses, anomaly investigations, and weather systems upgrades.
In 1990, Winters received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics, with minors in Computer Science and Aerospace Studies, from the University of Central Florida. She then spent nine years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. During this time, she completed the Basic Meteorology Program at Florida State University, and also earned a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She separated from the Air Force in August 2000 with an honorable discharge. Winters then became a member of the 45th Weather Squadron, providing weather support primarily to Shuttle operations, and also to expendable launch vehicle operations.
Winters was born and raised in Miami, Fla., in a large, close-knit family. She has a daughter who is eight years old.
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