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RELEASE NO. 03-042

June 13, 2003


Langley Director Roy Bridges
Gen. Roy D. Bridges
Langley Center Director

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Gen. Roy D. Bridges, Center Director for NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla., has been named Center Director for the agency's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. Gen. Bridges, a retired U.S. Air Force Major General and former Space Shuttle pilot will assume his new duties Aug. 10.

"Roy's experience as an aviator and his work to advance aerospace technology made him a natural selection to lead the agency's premiere center for aviation and space research," said William F. Readdy, Associate Administrator for Space Flight at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "He's a natural leader, innovator and problem solver. I look forward to his contributions at Langley."

Gen. Bridges was named KSC Center Director in March 1997. There he was responsible for managing all of the agency's facilities and activities related to the processing and launch of the Space Shuttle and expendable launch vehicles, as well as final tests, preparations and processing of experiments and segments of the International Space Station. He also worked to develop the spaceport and range technologies to improve safety and reduce the cost of access to space.

"Since 1917, Langley has pushed the frontier of aerospace technology development," added Dr. Jeremiah F. Creedon, Associate Administrator for Aerospace Technology at Headquarters. "Langley is fortunate to have someone with Roy's diverse aerospace and technology development experience. Our colleagues at Langley are in good hands."

Langley was established as the nation's first civilian aeronautics laboratory. It's a legacy that lives on today with more than half of the center's research efforts geared towards aviation. Langley is a recognized leader in aviation safety initiatives, quiet aircraft technology, small aircraft transportation and aerospace vehicles system technology. It supports NASA space programs with atmospheric research and technology testing and development.

Adminstrator greets Freeman and Bridges
NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe (left) shakes hands with Gen. Roy D. Bridges (right) on June 13 after announcing that he had been named Director of Langley Research Center. Bridges will succeed Delma C. Freeman (center), who has served as Acting Director for one year but was named Director during O’Keefe’s visit.

"General Bridges' distinguished military service and flight experience as both a pilot and astronaut are vital to the continued success of Langley and its many cutting-edge aerospace and advanced technology programs," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe.

As a NASA astronaut, he piloted the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51F in July 1985.

Gen. Bridges has held many key aerospace positions during his career. Prior to his last Air Force assignment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, he was the Commander, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base in California. He also was Commander, Eastern Space and Missile Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.; and Commander, 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., where he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering science. Gen. Bridges received his master's degree in astronautics from Purdue University, Ind., and in May 2001, he received an honorary doctorate of engineering degree from Purdue.

Gen. Bridges has received numerous awards and honors. Most recently, he was awarded NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award.

Deputy Center Director James W. Kennedy will lead KSC as acting director for the time being. Additional information about NASA, KSC and Langley is available on the Internet at:

KSC Home Page



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