Richard Covey is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and former NASA astronaut with a long and illustrious career. In 2010, he retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Space Alliance, NASA's prime contractor for Space Shuttle and Space Station operations. Prior to joining United Space Alliance, he served as President of Boeing Service Company in Colorado Springs, Colo.
As a NASA astronaut, Richard flew four Space Shuttle missions, including commanding the flight of Endeavour in December 1993 to service and repair the Hubble Space Telescope, a mission for which he and his crew received the National Space Club's Goddard Trophy in 1994. In addition to his flight duties, he held key management positions at the Johnson Space Center during his 16 years with NASA. In 2004, he was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. He is a fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
Richard holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master's degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University.
He currently lives in Colorado Springs.