NASA Biographical Data
NAME: Scott D. Vangen
BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Born December 12, 1959, in Granite Falls,
Minnesota. His parents, Orel and Agnes Vangen, are residents of
St. Cloud, Minnesota.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Brown hair; blue eyes; 5 feet 10 inches;
EDUCATION: Graduated from Granite Falls High School, Granite Falls,
Minnesota, in 1978; received a bachelor of science degree in
Electrical Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology,
Rapid City, South Dakota, 1982; and a masters of science degree in
Space Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology,
Melbourne, Florida, 1986.
MARITAL STATUS: Single.
RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: His hobbies include music
(multi-keyboardist/composition), amateur radio, scuba diving,
Nordic/downhill skiing, and soaring.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Mr. Vangen has been at the Kennedy Space Center,
Florida, with the Payloads Operations and Management Directorate
since 1982. He has been an experiment engineer and lead mission
engineer for multiple domestic and international space shuttle
scientific payloads and experiments. He has had extensive hands-on
operations experience with various space flight payloads;
particularly astrophysics experiments designed to explore the
electromagnetic spectrum from cosmic/x-rays through ultraviolet into
Mr. Vangen has worked extensively preparing experiments to fly aboard
spacelab, a scientific research facility carried in the cargo bay of
the space shuttle. He was responsible for integration and testing of
experiments manifested on Spacelab-1, Spacelab-2, Spacelab-3,
Astro-1, D-1, ATLAS-1, and TSS-1. As an experiment engineer he was
responsible for preparing the payload elements for launch, including
interface and functional testing, troubleshooting, repair, and
support activities for launch and landing. He has also supported
multiple space flight missions as a member of the experiment science
teams for on-orbit operations at the Payload Operations Control
Centers located at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville,
Alabama, and the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.
Until 1990, he was the lead electrical engineer for the Payload
Checkout Unit, the major checkout system used for spacelab testing
during experiment integration and checkout. His two most recent
assignments, as the space station experiment integration lead
electrical engineer and avionics lead, continued his involvement in
payload operations as the Kennedy Space Center prepares for the next
generation of space science technology, experiments, and payloads.
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: Mr. Vangen is in flight training as an alternate
payload specialist on the crew of STS-67/Astro-2, a spacelab
ultraviolet astronomy mission scheduled for January 1995. Payload
specialists are normally career scientists and engineers selected
for their knowledge of a particular payload. Mr. Vangen's experience
with the Astro-1 payload and his contributions to the mission's
success contributed to his selection in May of 1993 as the alternate
payload specialist for Astro-2.