Charles J. Precourt joined ATK Thiokol in March 2005 as vice president for Advanced Strategic Programs. He has also been named acting Vice President for Strategy and Business Development. Mr. Precourt joined ATK following a distinguished 15-year career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and 23 years active service in the US Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in 2000. He was qualified as an astronaut in 1991, and is a veteran of four space flights. He was a mission specialist on Columbia, STS-55, and pilot of Atlantis, STS-71, the first Shuttle docking with the Mir Space Station, and was commander on both Atlantis, STS-84 and Discovery, STS-91 for the final Shuttle-Mir docking mission.
At NASA, Mr. Precourt managed Space Shuttle ascent, entry, and launch abort development for the Astronaut Office and was a spacecraft communicator in the Mission Control Center during Shuttle launch and entry. He was also director of Operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. From October 1998 through November 2002, he was chief of the Astronaut Corps, responsible for the selection, training and mission certification of all Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) crews. Prior to joining ATK Thiokol, Mr. Precourt's most recent assignment was Deputy Program Manager for the International Space Station, responsible for the day-to-day management of ISS operations.