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Brent W. Jett
Deputy Program Manager
NASA's Commercial Crew Program

Brent W. Jett is the deputy program manager of NASA's Commercial Crew Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. As deputy program manager, Jett oversees program facilitation of commercial spacecraft development and certification to enable the safe transportation of NASA astronauts to and from low Earth orbit and the International Space Station.

Prior to taking on his current role, Jett was the director of Flight Crew Operations at Johnson beginning in November 2007. In that capacity, Jett was responsible for directing the day-to-day activities of the directorate, including the astronaut corps and aircraft operations at Ellington Field in Houston.

Jett earned a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 and a Master of Science in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1989. Designated a Naval Aviator in March 1983, he served as a carrier fighter pilot and test pilot, logging more than 5,000 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft. Jett retired from active duty as a Navy Captain in August 2007.

Selected as an astronaut in 1992, Jett is a veteran of four spaceflight missions. He served as pilot on space shuttle Endeavour's STS-72 mission in 1996 and shuttle Atlantis' STS-81 mission in 1997. He later commanded Endeavour's STS-97 mission in 2000 and Atlantis' STS-115 mission in 2006, both of which were International Space Station assembly flights.

Additionally, from June 1997 to February 1998, Jett served as NASA's director of operations at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, in Star City, Russia.

December 2011

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