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Robert B. Sieck
Former Launch Director and
Director of Shuttle Processing

Robert B. Sieck is director of Shuttle Processing, John F. Kennedy Space Center, effective January 22, 1995. In this capacity, he is responsible for the management of all space shuttle processing and launch activities at the Kennedy Space Center.

Sieck was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in September 1938. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Virginia in 1960. He obtained additional postgraduate credits in mathematics, physics, meteorology, and management at both Texas A&M and the Florida Institute of Technology. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. While in the Air Force, he worked as a meteorologist and was involved in the activation of the Titan II ICBM weapon system in Tucson, Arizona.

Sieck joined NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in 1964 as a Gemini Spacecraft Systems engineer. He served as an Apollo Spacecraft test team project engineer, Shuttle Orbiter test team project engineer, and in 1976 was named the Engineering Manager for the Shuttle Approach and Landing tests at Dryden Flight Research Facility in California. Returning to KSC in 1978, he became the Chief Shuttle Project Engineer for STS-1 through STS-7. He became the first KSC Shuttle Flow Director in 1983, and in February 1984 was appointed Director, Launch and Landing Operations, where he served as Shuttle Launch Director for eleven missions.

Sieck served as Deputy Director of Shuttle Operations (renamed Shuttle Processing in 1996) from April 1992 until January 1995. He was responsible for assisting with the management and technical direction of the Shuttle program at KSC. He also retained his position as Shuttle Launch Director, a responsibility he had held from February 1984 through August 1985, and then from December 1986 to January 1995. He was Launch Director for STS-26R and all subsequent Shuttle missions through STS-63. Sieck served as Launch Director for 52 Space Shuttle launches.

Sieck and his wife Nancy live in Titusville and have two adult children.

Exceptional Service Award - 1971 and 1981
Distinguished Service Medal - 1988
Federally Employee Women Distinguished Service Award - 1990
Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive - 1991 and 1995
Florida Committee National Space Club Debus Award - 1994
Aviation Week Laurels for Space/Missiles - 1989
Rotary National Award for Space Achievement - 1989
Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer - 1991
He has been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1955, and he drives race cars in Sports Car Club of America events

January 1999

Biographies - Former Employees