Vance Brand


Full Name: Vance Devoe Brand
Born: May 9, 1931 in Longmont, Colorado
Nationality: American
Joined NASA: April, 1966
Left NASA: January 2008
Space Flights: 4
Time in Space: 31 days 2 hours 2 minutes


Apollo 8
Assignment: Support Crew & Capcom

Apollo 13
Assignment: Support Crew & Capcom

Apollo 15
Assignment: Back-up Command Module Pilot & Capcom

Skylab 2
Assignment: Back-up Commander

Skylab 3
Assignment: Back-up Commander

Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
Assignment: Command Module Pilot
Flight Duration: 9 days, 1 hour, 28 minutes

Assignment: Commander
Flight Duration: 5 days, 2 hours, 14 minutes

Assignment: Commander
Flight Duration: 7 days, 23 hours, 15 minutes

Assignment: Commander
Flight Duration: 8 days, 23 hours, 5 minutes


Received a bachelor of science degree in Business from the University of Colorado in 1953, a B.Sc. Aeronautical Engineering, University of Colorado, 1960, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the UCLA in 1964.

From 1953-1957, US Marine Corps Naval Aviator, including 15 month tour as a fighter pilot in Japan. Upon retirement continued in USMC Resreve and the Air National Guard fighter squadrons until 1964.

From 1960 to 1966 worked as a Flight Test Engineer for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.

Graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot School in 1963. Assigned to Palmdale California to work as a test pilot on the Canadian & German F-104 fighter programs.

July 1975, Command Module Pilot for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first international joint mission in space.

November 1982, CDR of STS 5, the first fully operational mission in the Space Transportation System program. Assisted in the deployment of two communications satellites from Columbia’s payload bay.

February 1984, CDR of STS 41B. Deployed two communications satellites. STS 41B featured the first use of the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) by Mission Specialists Bruce McCandless and Robert Stewart.

December 1990, CDR of STS 35, the ASTRO-1 Observatory mission.

Departed the Astronaut Office in 1992 to become Chief of Plans at the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) Joint Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.

In 1994 named Assistant Chief of Flight Operations at the Dryden Flight Research Center in California.

From June 2001, Deputy Director for Aerospace Projects at Dryden.


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