Charles D. Walker

Charles D. Walker

Born Aug 29, 1948

Charles David "Charlie" Walker is an American engineer who flew on three Space Shuttle missions in 1984 and 1985 as a Payload Specialist for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. He was the first non-government person to fly in space.

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1948 Birth Born on August 29, 1948.


1977 28 Years Old He joined the McDonnell Douglas Corporation in 1977 as a test engineer on the Aft Propulsion Subsystem for the Space Shuttle orbiters. … Read More


1979 30 Years Old From 1979 to 1986, he was Chief Test Engineer and Payload Specialist for the McDonnell Douglas EOS commercialization project, having told company management that he was interested in flying in space if possible. … Read More
1982 33 Years Old He was responsible for training the NASA astronaut crews in the operation of the CFES payload on STS-4, STS-6, STS-7, and STS-8 shuttle flights during 1982 and 1983.
1986 37 Years Old In May 1986, Walker was appointed Special Assistant to the President of McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company, working in Washington, D.C. … Read More
1988 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Walker was Faculty Course Advisor and lecturer for the International Space university 1988 summer session.


1992 43 Years Old He was the organizing committee chairman for the 1992 World Space Congress. … Read More


2005 56 Years Old Walker retired in 2005 as the Director for NASA Systems Government Relations with the Washington D.C. Operations office of The Boeing Company. … Read More
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