Published On: Sun, May 14th, 2017

William G. Gregory astronauti amerikan me prejardhje shqiptare


William G. Gregory lindi në Lockpart të New Yorkut më 14 Maj 1957, është astronaut amerikan me prejardhje shqiptare nga qyteti i Korçës.

William G. Gregory është biri i një piloti ushtarak i cili kishte emigruar nga Shqipëria kur ai ishte vetëm 2 vjeç.

William G. Gregory u diplomua në shkencat teknike, në Akademinë e Forcave Ajrore të Amerikës, më 1980. Gradën “ magjistër” në inxhinieri dhe mekanikë e mori nga unversiteti “ Columbia” i New York-ut. Nga viti 1981, deri në vitin 1986 Gregory shërbeu si pilot i aeroplanëve luftarakë amerikanë F-11, F-4, A-7D dhe i pesë modeleve F-15 Eangle. Pasi u bë astronaut më 1991, ai shërbeu si përfaqësues zyrtar i qendrës astronautike për zbritjen në tokë të anijeve kozmike.


William George “Borneo” Gregory (Born May 14, 1957  in Lockport, New York into an Albanian American family), is an American retired NASA astronaut and United States Air Force lieutenant colonel.

Early life and education

Gregory was born in Lockport, New York into an Albanian American family. He graduated from Lockport High School in 1975. Gregory is an Eagle Scout. He then attended the United States Air Force Academy, where he graduated with a degree in engineering sciences in 1979. After this, he went to Columbia University to get a master’s degree in engineering mechanics (1980), and Troy University to get another master’s in management (1984). He is also a member of the USAF Academy Association of Graduates.

Between 1981 and 1986, Gregory served as an operational fighter pilot flying the D and F models of the F-111. In this capacity, he served as an instructor pilot at RAF Lakenheath, UK, and Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico. He attended the USAF Test Pilot School in 1987. Between 1988 and 1990 Gregory served as a test pilot at Edwards AFB flying the F-4, A-7D, and all five models of the F-15. Having flown in excess of 40 types of aircraft, Gregory has accumulated over 5,000 hours of flight time.
NASA career

Selected by NASA in January 1990, Gregory became an astronaut in July 1991. Gregory’s technical assignments included: Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL); astronaut office representative for Landing/Rollout, T-38 Flying Safety; Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Support Personnel (ASP); spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in mission control; astronaut office representative for rendezvous and proximity operations; and Spacecraft Operations Branch Chief. He flew on STS-67 (1995) and has logged 400 hours in space. Gregory retired from the Air Force and left NASA in the Summer of 1999. He currently serves as Vice President of Business Development for Qwaltec, Inc. in Tempe, Arizona.

Gregory served as the STS-67 pilot on the seven-person astronomical research mission aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Launching from the Kennedy Space Center on March 2, 1995, and landing at Edwards AFB on March 18, 1995, the crew established a new mission duration record of 16 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes and 46 seconds, while completing 262 orbits and traveling nearly seven million miles. This second flight of the ASTRO telescope primary payload also included numerous secondary payloads.