Payload Flow Manager
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mike Kinslow began his career in June 1968, working for McDonnell Douglas Corp. on the Apollo program. Just a few months later, he transferred to Kennedy Space Center from Huntington Beach, Calif., assigned as a structural/mechanical engineer on the third stage of the Saturn-IVB.
From Apollo 9 through Apollo 14, Kinslow was a member of the launch team. He was then assigned to the planning and operational readiness team for the Skylab Orbital Workshop in 1971, assuming the lead handling and engineering responsibilities until its launch in May 1973.
In 1976, after launching satellites on missions 97 through 125 of the Delta I Expendable Launch Vehicle program, he left KSC for the semiconductor testing industry, designing test equipment for large computer corporations.
Kinslow lived and worked in the Washington D.C. area in Design and Program Management on data communications systems for commercial customers and Department of Defense programs. In 1990 he returned to KSC as a McDonnell Douglas Payload Manager.
In this capacity, he has led ten Mission Processing Teams on successful Spacelab, MIR Phase 1, International Space Station and science programs. His greatest occupational reward is to work with a team of exceptional, technically competent people to achieve a common goal. Each payload mission has its own personality and diverse challenges, and Kinslow is proud of the way KSC's world-renowned launch teams step up to these challenges.
Mike grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma, graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering/Technical Education and an Associate Degree in Design Technology. He and his wife, the former Margaret Murphy, have two children and three grandchildren. He enjoys home improvement design, fitness training, sailing, and church activities.
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center