Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
KSC Names David King as Shuttle Discovery's Flow Director
Kennedy Space Center recently named David A. King as flow director for the Space Shuttle Discovery. King joins three other flow directors at KSC who oversee the work performed on the Shuttles Endeavour, Atlantis and Columbia.
"David's keen sense of responsibility coupled with his bright and energetic attitude are essential ingredients for a good flow director, and he is an asset to the team," said Jim Harrington, director of Shuttle Operations.
As flow director, King is responsible for the overall management of all government and contractor activities associated with processing the orbiter for each of its assigned missions. Responsibilities extend to all areas of flight hardware processing to assure timely achievement of schedule milestones.
King received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1983 from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree in business administration from Florida Tech in 1991.
He began his career with NASA in 1983 as a Shuttle main propulsion system engineer, a position he held for six years before becoming vehicle manager for the orbiters Discovery and, subsequently, Endeavour. As vehicle manager, he was responsible for the daily activities of orbiter testing and processing. He held this position for the past two years until being named as flow director.
"I am excited about the challenges of being a flow director and taking a more active role in managing the overall operation of getting an orbiter ready for flight. My previous experience as a vehicle manager and as a systems engineer will be invaluable for me on this job," said King.
Discovery is currently undergoing a modification and improvement period. Its next flight, Mission STS-53 which is a Department of Defense mission, is tentatively planned for launch this fall.
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