Matthew Dominick


Matthew Stuart Dominick (born December 7, 1981; CDR, USN) is a US Navy test pilot and NASA astronaut. He has more than 1,600 hours of flight time in 28 aircraft, 400 carrier-arrested landings, 61 combat missions, and almost 200 flight test carrier landings.

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Matthew Stuart Dominick

(1981-12-07) December 7, 1981 (age 41)
Alma materUniversity of San Diego (BS)
Naval Postgraduate School (MS)
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Current occupation
Naval pilot
RankCommander, USN
SelectionNASA Group 22

Early life and educationEdit

Matthew Stuart Dominick was born on December 7, 1981, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado to Donald and Rhonda Dominick. He graduated from D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School in Littleton, Colorado. In 2005, he received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering at the University of San Diego with minors in physics and mathematics, and was a member of the Navy ROTC and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.[1][2]

Military careerEdit

Following his graduation from the University of San Diego, Dominick was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. He attended Primary Flight Training at NAS Pensacola and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2007. He completed F/A-18 Super Hornet training with VFA-106 at NAS Oceana, before being assigned to VFA-143. With VFA-143, Dominick completed two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom before being selected to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) / Naval Postgraduate School co-operative program, allowing him to earn a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.[1]

Following graduation from USNTPS, Dominick was designated a test pilot and was assigned to VX-23, based out of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. There, he served as a developmental flight test project officer on numerous programs, including MAGIC CARPET, Joint Precision Approach & Landing Systems and Infrared Search and Track Pod. Dominick also contributed to the development of the X-47B, V-22 Osprey, E-2C Hawkeye, and F-35C Lightning II. At the time of his selection as an Astronaut, Dominick was serving as Department Head with VFA-115, based out of Atsugi, Japan.[1]

His promotion to Navy Commander was approved on June 27, 2019, and made effective September 1, 2020.[3]

NASA careerEdit

In June 2017, Dominick was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 22, and began his two-year training. At the time of his selection, Dominick was at sea on the USS Ronald Reagan.[1][4][5]

Personal lifeEdit

Dominick and his wife, Faith, have two daughters. His parents still live in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.[1]

Awards and honorsEdit

Dominick was the 2015 Naval Test Wing Atlantic Test Pilot of the Year and a Member of the 2015 Department of the Navy Test Team of the Year. He has received three Strike/Flight Air Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Society of Flight Test Engineers, and the Tailhook Association.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Garcia, Mark (February 7, 2018). "Astronaut Candidate Matthew Dominick". NASA. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Matthew Stuart Dominick". Biographies of U.S. Astronauts. Spacefacts. April 18, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Active Duty Promotions to the Permanent Grades of Captain, Commander, Lieutenant Commander, Lieutenant and Chief Warrant Officers in the Line and Staff Corps". U.S. Navy. August 20, 2020. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  4. ^ Harwood, William (June 7, 2017). "NASA introduces 12 new astronauts". CBS News. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Dobrin, Isabel (June 8, 2017). ""It's incredibly humbling": Two NASA astronaut candidates with local ties are over the moon". The Virginian-Pilot. Archived from the original on June 8, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2021.