Space Lectures is delighted to confirm that in April 2017, retired United States Navy Captain Scott D. Altman will be joining us for his first public appearance in the UK. Commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy in August 1981, Scooter (as he likes to be called) received his Navy wings of gold in February 1983. Based at NAS Miramar with Squadron VF-51 (The Screaming Eagles), he completed two cruises flying the Grumman F-14A Tomcat. In August 1987, Scooter was selected for the Navy Test Pilot School and graduated with Test Pilot School Class 97 – in June 1990. Deploying in 1992 with squadron VF-31 and the new F-14D Tomcat, he was awarded the Navy Air Medal for his role as a strike leader flying over Southern Iraq. Following his return from this deployment, he was selected in December 1994 for the astronaut program. He has logged over 7000 flight hours in more than 40 types of aircraft
It was while stationed at Mirimar that he flew as Tom Cruise aka “Maverick” in the classic 1986 movie “Top Gun” – his middle finger took a leading role as the Mig 28 was given the “inverted bird” and 9 fly-by’s of the tower at Fallon Airbase Nevada forming part of the “buzzing the tower” scene.
16 years a NASA astronaut Scooter flew 4 shuttle missions for a total of 51 days in space: STS-90 piloting Columbia and its Spacelab payload, STS-106 the final ISS assembly mission in preparation for its first crew, and his final shuttle flights (STS-109 and STS-125) as Commander of the Hubble Space Telescope’s last servicing missions. In 2010, after a distinguished flying career and a list of honours and awards as long as your arm, Scooter retired from NASA and is currently Vice President of Strategic Planning at aerospace company ASRC Federal in Greenbelt, Maryland. Since leaving NASA he has been determined to share his experiences and to inspire others to reach for the stars and we are delighted that he has chosen to share his adventures with Space Lectures.
Ticket prices will be £95 for the dinner, £30 for the lecture or a combo ticket for £120
Each ticket entitles the holder to one autograph; TWO for a combo ticket.
Photo shoot pictures are £30 each and is payable to the photographer on the day.
For further ticket policy please check the Contacts page.