TriVector Engineer to Serve on Singapore Astronaut Selection Panel
on Friday, 13 December 2013.
Huntsville, Ala. - Singapore entrepreneur, Marvyn Lim Seng, has a dream to see a Singaporean in Space before Singapore's 50th birthday. One hundred fifty Singaporeans have applied for the honor of being Singapore's first "space man," and Lim has assembled an Astronaut Selection Panel of international experts in space engineering and aerospace operations to ensure that the most highly qualified candidate is selected.
Tim Kauffman, a TriVector engineer with 18 years of experience at NASA and five more as a NASA consultant, was appointed to the selection panel this spring and has been participating in candidate interviews since Nov. 16, 2013. Since being appointed to the Singapore astronaut selection panel, Kauffman has interviewed more than 40 of the candidates and continues to travel to Singapore regularly for candidate interviews. Final astronaut selection will take place in February 2014. Kauffman began his career in 1989 at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., just in time to support the Hubble Space Telescope flight readiness review. When the primary mirror was found to be flawed, Kauffman supported the astronaut training for the repair mission - spending many hours underwater in Marshall's neutral buoyancy laboratory as a safety diver for the astronauts as they practiced repairing the space telescope. Kauffman also served as Lead Systems Engineer for the ISS Node 3 "Tranquility," now providing the primary habitation functionality for the U.S. segment of the International Space Station.
In addition, Kauffman serves as Chief Instructor for "Space Academy Singapore," established in 2010.