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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 in 1948.


1978 30 Years Old Walker applied for the 1978 astronaut class but was unsuccessful, as he was neither affiliated with a major university nor had a PhD. He saw the new Payload Specialist program as another way to fly in space, and sought a job that might give him the opportunity to serve as one. (Walker learned later that many of his interviewers had hoped to fly in space earlier in their careers, and saw his goal as fulfilling those plans.) 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 31 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 34 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 38 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 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Walker was Faculty Course Advisor and lecturer for the International Space university 1988 summer session.
1992 44 Years Old He was the organizing committee chairman for the 1992 World Space Congress. … Read More
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