Roy D. Bridges Jr. Status: Retired 7/19/1943 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 7/29/1985 Last Flight: 7/29/1985 Roy Dubard Bridges Jr. is an American pilot, engineer, retired United States Air Force officer, test pilot, former NASA astronaut and the former Director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center and Langley Research Center. As a command pilot, he has over 4,460 flying hours. Launches Space Shuttle Challenger / OV-099 | STS-51-F National Aeronautics and Space Administration Type: Government Abbreviation: NASA Administration: Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS Spacecraft: Orion Country: USA The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.