AMSAT-NA President Barry Baines is pleased to announce that effective August 1, 2012, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, will be returning as AMSAT’s Vice President for Human Spaceflight Programs. This role will include AMSAT’s leadership on the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program and amateur radio operations pursuits on other Human Spaceflight vehicles proposed by NASA, International Space Agencies and domestic and international commercial spaceflight organizations.
Bauer made the following comment regarding his reappointment: “I look forward to working again with AMSAT as we bring the excitement of human space exploration pursuits and amateur radio communications into the communities of the world, inspiring youth to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers”.
Frank Bauer stepped down as V.P. for Human Spaceflight in May 2009 due to increasing work responsibilities at NASA. At the time, Bauer was Chief Engineer for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA HQ. He retired from NASA in September 2011. However, Bauer has been unable to fully support ARISS or other human spaceflight pursuits due to a post-retirement one year “cooling off” period with NASA and with the International Space Agencies. President Barry Baines clarifies: “Effective September 3, Frank will be able to communicate with NASA and the other International Space Agency officials again. Until then, Frank will start working with the AMSAT Board and Senior executives in re-establishing his role within the AMSAT-NA community”. He further adds: “Once he is able to fully engage, Frank intends to work with AMSAT, NASA, the ARRL, the ARISS team and the International space community to continue to evolve and expand the ARISS program. And to work with the commercial spaceflight community on potential new endeavors as they develop and evolve their human spaceflight vehicles.”
The V.P. for Human Spaceflight is a position that is appointed by the AMSAT President that provides leadership and guidance to the AMSAT President, BoD and executives on AMSAT’s Human Spaceflight Operations and Development.