Daniel C. Burbank

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Daniel C. Burbank
Daniel Burbank.jpg
Born (1961-07-27) July 27, 1961 (age 60)
OccupationCoast Guard
Space career
NASA Astronaut
RankCaptain, USCG
Time in space
188 days
Selection1996 NASA Group
MissionsSTS-106, STS-115, Soyuz TMA-22 (Expedition 29/30)
Mission insignia
Sts-106-patch.png STS-115 patch.png Soyuz-TMA-22-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 29 Patch.png ISS Expedition 30 Patch.png

Daniel Christopher Burbank (born July 27, 1961) is an active[1] American astronaut and a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions. Burbank, a Captain in the United States Coast Guard, is the second Coast Guard astronaut after Bruce Melnick.

Early life & education[edit]

Burbank was born in Manchester, Connecticut, and raised in Tolland, Connecticut, where he graduated from Tolland High School. He attended Fairfield University his freshman year before transferring to the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he earned his commission in 1985. In 1987, he went through flight training and became an instructor pilot, serving at various Coast Guard stations at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, and Coast Guard Air Station Sitka. He has a master's degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

NASA career[edit]

Selected by NASA in April 1996, Burbank reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. After completing two years of training and evaluation, Burbank worked technical issues for the Astronaut Office Operations Planning Branch, and the International Space Station (ISS) Branch, and served as CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) for both Space Shuttle and ISS missions. He was also a member of the Space Shuttle Cockpit Avionics Upgrade design team. Twice flown, he served as a mission specialist on STS-106 and STS-115 logging over 23 days in space, and 7 hours and 11 minutes of EVA time. From January 2007 to December 2009, Burbank served as a professor of engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he taught astronomy, aerodynamics, and statics & engineering design. Burbank was assigned to ISS Expedition 29 and Expedition 30 aboard ISS beginning September 2011.[2]

Spaceflight experience[edit]

Burbank exercises in the Tranquility module of the International Space Station.

STS-106 Atlantis (September 8–20, 2000). During the 12-day mission, the crew successfully prepared the ISS for the arrival of the first permanent crew. The five astronauts and two cosmonauts delivered more than 6,600 pounds of supplies and installed batteries, power converters, oxygen generation equipment and a treadmill on the ISS. A space walk was performed to connect power and data cables between the newly arrived Service Module and the ISS.

STS-115 Atlantis (September 9–21, 2006) successfully restarted assembly of the ISS. During the 12-day mission, the crew delivered and installed the massive P3/P4 truss, and two sets of solar arrays that provide one quarter of the station's electrical power. The crew also performed unprecedented robotics activity using the Shuttle and ISS robotic arms. Burbank made a seven-hour extravehicular activity (EVA), a.k.a. a "spacewalk," that completed P3/P4 truss installation, activated the solar alpha rotary joint and enabled the solar arrays to be deployed.[3] Expedition 29 was launched to the ISS along with Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoli Ivanishin on November 13, arriving at the station on November 16 via Soyuz TMA-22.[4] This expedition spent 66 days in space.[5]

Expedition 30 Burbank then served as commander of Expedition 30, beginning in November 2011. Burbank, along with Shkaplerov and Ivanishin, returned to Earth on April 27, 2012 after spending an additional 158 days in space.[6]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Burbank has received the following awards and honors:[3]

Flightastrobadge.jpg Coast Guard Astronaut Badge
Naval Aviator Badge.jpg Naval Aviator Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
Air Medal
Gold star
Coast Guard Commendation Medal with one award star
Coast Guard Achievement Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
NASA Distinguished Service Medal
NASA Exceptional Service Medal
Gold star
Gold star
NASA Space Flight Medal with two award stars

Personal life[edit]

Burbank is listed as a member of the astronaut band "Max Q", and a former member of The Idlers. He is a licensed amateur radio operator (ham) with Technician License K1DCB.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Astronaut Dan Burbank stays active from NASA". NASA. 3 June 1990. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  2. ^ http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/605284main_Expedition_30_31_Press_Kit.pdf
  3. ^ a b "Biographical data: Daniel C. Burbank (Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Ret.) NASA Astronaut" (PDF). NASA. July 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  4. ^ "Expedition 30". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  5. ^ Garcia, Mark (2015-02-12). "Expedition 29". NASA. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  6. ^ Garcia, Mark (2015-02-12). "Expedition 30". NASA. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  7. ^ "ULS License - Vanity License - K1DCB - Burbank, Daniel C". Retrieved 2020-10-31.

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Preceded by
Michael Fossum
ISS Expedition Commander
21 November 2011 to 27 April 2012
Succeeded by
Oleg Kononenko