Paul Dye is a former Flight Director for NASA. He has over forty years of aviation experience as an engineer, builder, and pilot. He earned his degree in Aeronautical Engineering with a specialization in aircraft design and flight testing from the University of Minnesota in 1982. He retired from NASA in 2013 as the longest-serving Flight Director in U.S. history, having been involved in thirty-nine missions as a Flight Director, nine of those as the lead Flight Director. He has received a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, a NASA Exceptional Service Medal (three times), and a Presidential Medal. Dye is now a leadership consultant and speaker available to corporations and groups who wish to better their organizations and people, as well as the former Editor-in-Chief at (currently Editor-at-Large) of Kitplanes magazine.
An excellent portrait of Mission Control, the teams, and the later missions. This should be required reading for anyone aspiring to be part of human space flight, as well as all scientists, engineers, project managers of any kind, and anyone considering a career in a highly complex field or program. --Gene Kranz, Former Flight Director, NASA, and author Failure Is Not an Option Shuttle, Houston gives us tremendous insight on the Mission Control Center. Paul Dye captures the awe and amazement of being part of that team. His wonderful explanations of how everyone works together and his understanding of the science and history will fascinate anyone who appreciates the dynamic world of human space exploration. --Shannon Lucid, former Astronaut Paul Dye pulls back the curtain on what it takes to be a Flight Controller then a Flight Director in Mission Control. Like him, I've been both. There aren't many leadership jobs like being in Mission Control's 'Center Seat'! --Milt Heflin, NASA Johnson Space Center Chief Flight Director, 2001-2004, and coauthor of Go, Flight!