The Task Group is co-chaired by two veteran astronauts, retired U.S. Air Force
lieutenant general and Apollo commander Thomas P. Stafford and Space Shuttle commander
Richard O. Covey. Members of the Task Group were chosen from among industry, academia
and government experts with knowledge and expertise in fields relevant to safety
and space flight.
"We have assembled an unprecedented group of experts for the Stafford-Covey Task
Group," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "I am confident they will provide
invaluable advice and expertise. They will help ensure our return to flight efforts
exceed quality and safety standards, as we prepare for the next Shuttle mission,"
Administrator O'Keefe said.
The Task Group will work closely with NASA's Return to Flight team, led by Associate
Administrator of Space Flight William F. Readdy and Associate Deputy Administrator
for Technical Programs Dr. Michael Greenfield.
The Task Group was organized pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The
Task Group consists of non-NASA employees and one NASA non-voting, ex-officio
member, the agency's Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety and Mission Assurance,
James D. Lloyd. Additional members may be added to the group throughout the return
to flight process.
The Task Group will meet as often as required and will conduct at least two public
meetings. They will make formal reports to NASA and prepare a final written report,
NASA's Office of Space Flight is providing operating funds, technical and staff
support for the Task Group. The initial SCTG budget is $2 million, and the Task
Group duration is two years, unless terminated sooner by the NASA Administrator.
The Task Group charter and member biographies are available in the Return to Flight
section of the NASA home page on the Internet at: