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Photo of Brent W Jett JrCaptain Brent W. Jett, Jr.
USN (Ret.)
  • Independent Aerospace Industry Consultant
  • Former Deputy Manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program
  • Former Director, Flight Crew Operations, Johnson Space Center
  • Former NASA Astronaut

As a member of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, Captain Brent W. Jett, Jr., is continuing a distinguished 35-year history of public service as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot, NASA astronaut, and member of the Federal Government Senior Executive Service. He also currently runs his own consulting company, Jett Consulting Services, with clients in the aviation and aerospace industry.

Captain Jett’s career at NASA lasted from 1992 to 2013. His last assignment was as Deputy Manager for the NASA Commercial Crew Program, where he was charged with developing the new space systems to transport astronauts on missions to the International Space Station (ISS). In that role, he was instrumental in crafting the innovative acquisition strategy that will renew the American capability to launch humans into space. Prior to that assignment, Captain Jett served as the Director of Flight Crew Operations at the Johnson Space Center during the last three years of Space Shuttle operations. In that critical leadership position, he was responsible for planning, directing, and leading astronauts and aircraft operations in support of Space Shuttle and ISS missions. He was directly responsible for establishing the Gulfstream missions to fly returning ISS astronauts immediately to Houston, TX, after their Soyuz landing in Kazakhstan.

During his 26 years on active duty with the Navy, Captain Jett was a carrier fighter pilot (F-14 Tomcat), test pilot, and NASA astronaut. He flew four Space Shuttle missions (STS-72, 81, 97, and 115)—two as Shuttle Pilot and two as Shuttle Commander, which included a mission to the Russian Space Station Mir and two missions to the ISS. During his time as an astronaut, Captain Jett also served as the NASA Director of Operations at the Yuri Gagarin Training Center in Star City, Russia. He retired from the Navy in 2007 with more than 5,000 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft along with 493 carrier landings.

Captain Jett earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, graduating first in his class, and an M.S. in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1989. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). During his military and NASA career, Captain Jett was awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Department of Defense Superior Service and Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Commendation Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, four NASA Space Flight Medals, and various other service awards. He currently resides in Ponte Vedra, FL.


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