Mission Control

In the summer of 2013 I landed my dream job - to be a flight controller for the International Space Station. After a grueling training process, I earned my Attitude Determination and Control Officer (ADCO) Operator certification in May 2015!

What does an "ADCO" actually do?

ADCO works in partnership with Russian controllers to determine and manage the station’s orientation, controlled by the onboard Motion Control Systems. This position also plans and calculates future orientations and maneuvers for the station and is responsible for docking the ISS with other vehicles.

Blah, blah, blah...in laymen's terms: International Space Station pilot!

As flight controllers we live the qualities of discipline, competence, confidence, toughness, responsibility, teamwork and vigilance as described in the Foundations of Flight Operations. Additionally, we are always aware that suddenly and unexpectedly, we may find ourselves in a role where our performance has ultimate consequences. I feel incredibly fortunate to fly solo in Flight Control Room - 1 (FCR-1) and use my skills to "keep the greasy side down" (as my helicopter pilot friends would say).

A glorious moment: passing my final simulation to become a certified ADCO!!