Captain Pierre J. Thuot, U. S. Navy, Retired
Pierre J. Thuot (pronounced THOO-it) was born May 19, 1955 in Groton, Connecticut, the son of a career Naval Officer. He graduated from Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Virginia in 1973 and graduated 30th in his class from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He received a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1985 and he graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 2004.
CAPT Thuot received his Naval Flight Officer wings in August 1978. Following training in the
F-14A Tomcat at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, he was assigned to Fighter Squadron 14 where he made overseas deployments to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas aboard the USS John F. Kennedy and USS Independence. While assigned to Fighter Squadron 14 he graduated from TOPGUN, the Navy Fighter Weapons School.
He was then selected to attend the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School located at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Upon graduation in June 1983 he worked as a project test flight officer at the Naval Air Test Center flying the F-14A Tomcat, A-6E Intruder and the F-4J Phantom II. In June 1984 he returned to the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School as a flight instructor.
In June 1985, CAPT Thuot was selected by NASA as an Astronaut and commenced training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. While at NASA, he served in a variety of technical assignments participating in the design, development, and evaluation of space flight hardware and software.
CAPT Thuot is a veteran of three space flights, STS-36 in 1990, STS-49 in 1992, and STS-62 in 1994. On his first flight, he was a mission specialist on the crew of STS-36, a dedicated Department of Defense mission that launched on February 28, 1990, for a four and one half-day mission aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.
CAPT Thuot was a mission specialist on the crew of STS-49, the nine-day maiden voyage of the space shuttle Endeavour, which launched on May 7, 1992. During that mission, he performed three space walks that resulted in the capture and repair of the stranded Intelsat VI F3 commercial communications satellite. The third space walk was the first ever three-person space walk. This 8 hour and 29 minute space walk broke a twenty-year-old space walk duration record that was held by Apollo 17 astronauts.
On March 4, 1994, CAPT Thuot launched aboard Columbia on STS-62, for a fourteen-day micro-gravity science and technology demonstration mission. During that mission more than sixty experiments and investigations were conducted in many scientific and engineering disciplines including materials science, human physiology, biotechnology, protein crystal growth, robotics, structural dynamics, atmospheric ozone monitoring, and spacecraft glow.
In June 1995, CAPT Thuot left NASA to become the Associate Chairman of the Aerospace Engineering Department at the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. His final Navy assignment was with the National Reconnaissance Office as a Program Director. CAPT Thuot retired from the Navy in August 1998 and became a Vice President with the Space Systems Group of Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Virginia.
In 2002, CAPT Thuot became the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HawkEye Systems, LLC a subsidiary of Gray Hawk Systems, Inc. and then in November 2004, he was named President and CEO of HawkEye Systems. In May 2005 HawkEye and its parent company, Gray Hawk Systems, Inc., were acquired by ManTech International Corporation. CAPT Thuot is currently a Senior Vice President at The MIL Corporation in Lexington Park, MD and is also the President of Mach 25 Solutions, a leadership, management, and business success consultancy firm.
CAPT Thuot has logged over 654 hours in space, including 17.7 hours on three space walks. He has traveled 11.4 million miles in space and orbited the Earth 437 times. He has over 3,500 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft, has over 270 carrier landings and is an instrument rated private pilot. He is the recipient of 18 team achievement awards and eleven personal awards including three Defense Superior Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, three NASA Space Flight Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the American Astronomical Society Flight Achievement and Victor A. Prather Awards for 1993,the International Aeronautical Federation Sergi P. Korolyov Diploma for 1993, and the Air Force Association David C. Schilling Award for 1992. He was a member of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope External Independent Readiness Review Team from 1998 to 2002. He held the U. S. National and Absolute world records for extravehicular (EVA or space walk) duration in space from 1992 until 2001.
CAPT Thuot is married to the former Cheryl Ann Mattingly of Leonardtown, Maryland. They reside in Maryland and have two children, Christopher (18), a United States Marine, and Danielle (15), and two dogs Apollo and Angel.