National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
Timothy L. Kopra
(Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.) NASA Astronaut
Timothy L. Kopra returned from the International Space Station on June 19, after serving as a flight engineer on
Expedition 46 and commander of Expedition 47. He is also a veteran of Expedition 20. For that mission, he launched
with the STS-127 crew and returned to Earth after a 2-month stay with the crew of STS-128. Selected as an astronaut in
2000, the Austin, Texas native was also in the U.S. Army where he served as commander and Operations Officer of the
attack helicopter company, Developmental Test Director for the Comanche helicopter program, in addition to attending
U.S. Naval Test Pilot School among other duties
Born on April 9, 1963, in Austin, Texas. Married to the former Dawn Lehman of Lewisburg, Kentucky. They have two
children. He enjoys running, swimming, reading, home improvement projects, and spending time with family and
friends. His mother, Martha Kopra, resides in Austin, Texas. His father, Dr. Lennart Kopra, is deceased. Dawn’s parents,
Charles and Betty Lehman, reside in Lewisburg, Kentucky.
McCallum High School, Austin, Texas, 1981. Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York,
1985. Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995. Master of Strategic Studies,
U.S. Army War College, 2006. Masters of Business Administration, Columbia University and London Business School,
Kopra received his commission as a second lieutenant from the United States Military Academy in May 1985 and was
designated as an Army aviator in August 1986. He then completed a three-year assignment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky,
where he served as an aeroscout platoon leader, troop executive officer, and squadron adjutant in the 101st Airborne
Division’s air cavalry squadron. In 1990, he was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division in Hanau, Germany, and was
deployed to Southwest Asia, where he served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He completed his tour in
Germany as an attack helicopter company commander and an operations officer. After returning to the United States
and completing graduate studies at Georgia Tech, he was selected in 1995 to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
Upon graduation, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center, where he worked as an experimental
test pilot on various projects and served as the developmental test director for the Comanche helicopter program.
Other military schools include the Army Parachutist Course, Pathfinder Course, Air Assault Course, the Combined
Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College. Kopra retired from the U.S. Army in November 2010.
Timothy L. Kopra
Kopra was assigned to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in September 1998 as a vehicle integration test
engineer. In this position, he primarily served as an engineering liaison for space shuttle launch operations and
International Space Station hardware testing. He was actively involved in the contractor tests of the spacewalk
interfaces for each of the space station truss segments.
Selected as an astronaut in July 2000, Kopra began his initial training the following month. Kopra completed two years
of intensive space shuttle, International Space Station, and T-38 flight training. He then served in the Space Station
Branch of the Astronaut Office, where he was involved in the testing of crew interfaces for two space station pressurized
modules as well as the implementation of support computers and operational Local Area Network on the station.
After completing a Russian language immersion course in Moscow, Russia, Kopra began training in July 2005 for a
long-duration space flight mission. In September 2006, Kopra served with a six-person crew aboard the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Aquarius underwater laboratory as part of NASA Extreme
Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 11. During the week-long mission that served as an analog for lunar
operations, the crew tested space suit design concepts, communication protocols, construction techniques, and the use
of robotic devices. Kopra completed training in Russia, Japan, Germany and Canada at each of the international partner
training sites and served as a backup crew member to Expeditions 16 and 17. He then served as prime crew member for
Expedition 20. Kopra completed his first space flight in 2009, logging two months in space and completing one
spacewalk. Upon his return, Kopra was assigned as a Mission Specialist for STS-133. After the launch was delayed,
Kopra sustained an injury that prevented him from flying. He then served as Chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office
until his assignment as a flight engineer to Expedition 46 and Commander for Expedition 47. Kopra is now completing
post-flight duties for his recent ISS mission.
Expedition 20 (July 15 through September 11, 2009). Kopra served as a Flight Engineer aboard the International Space
Station. He launched with the STS-127 crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on July 15, 2009 and returned to Earth
with the STS-128 crew aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on September 11, 2009. During the two shuttle missions and
tour of duty aboard station, Kopra performed one spacewalk totaling 5 hours and 32 minutes, executed assembly tasks
with the space station and Japanese robotic arms, and conducted numerous science experiments.
Expedition 46/47 (December 2015 to June 2016). Kopra served as Flight Engineer for Expedition 46 and then as
Commander on Expedition 47, along with crewmates European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake and Russian Space
Agency cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko. During their 186 days aboard the International Space Station, the crew completed
the in-flight portion of NASA human research studies in ocular health, cognition, salivary markers and microbiome. The
three crew members also welcomed four cargo spacecraft, including one that delivered the Bigelow Expandable Activity
Module (BEAM), an expandable habitat technology demonstration. During his time on the orbital complex, Kopra
ventured outside for two spacewalks, totaling 7 hours 59 minutes. This gives Kopra a cumulative time of 13 hours 31
minutes on spacewalks. The objective of the first spacewalk was to move the station’s mobile transporter rail car to a
secure position. On the second spacewalk, Kopra and Peake replaced a failed voltage regulator to restore power to one
of the station’s eight power channels. Kopra safely returned to Earth June 18, 2016 and has logged a total of 244 days in
space on two flights.
Timothy L. Kopra
Empire Test Pilot School Award for the Best Developmental Test Thesis, Class 110, U.S. Navy Test Pilot School (1996);
Silver and Bronze Order of Saint Michael, Army Aviation Award (2009, 1999). Awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star
Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NASA Space
Flight Medal, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and various other service awards.
Society of Experimental Test Pilots; Army Aviation Association of America; American Helicopter Society; United States
Military Academy Association of Graduates; West Point Society of Greater Houston; Columbia Business School Alumni
Association, London Business School Alumni Club.