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Flight Operations Directorate

The Flight Operations Directorate (FOD) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center touches every program and part of sending humans to space.  The people who serve this program work to train astronauts in a variety of facilities on land in spacecraft mockups, under water in NASA’s enormous Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), and in the air in T-38 jet aircraft.

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Meet the Flight Operations Director

FOD is responsible for providing trained astronaut crew members and for overall planning, directing, managing, and implementing overall mission operations for NASA human spaceflight programs. FOD is also responsible for all JSC aircraft operations including aircrew training.

FOD is led by engineer Norman Knight located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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Official NASA Portrait of Norm D. Knight. Photo Date: March 27, 2024

Become a FOD Intern

Are you interested in joining the next generation of NASA explorers, scientists, engineers, or technicians? A Flight Operations internship is a great place to start.

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