Robert Hines (astronaut)


Robert Thomas Hines, Jr. (born January 11, 1975) is an American fighter pilot and NASA astronaut.

Robert Hines
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Robert Thomas Hines, Jr.

(1975-01-11) January 11, 1975 (age 48)
Alma materBoston University (BS)
U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (MS)
University of Alabama (MS)
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Current occupation
Research pilot
Time in space
170 days, 13 hours and 3 minutes
SelectionNASA Group 22
MissionsSpaceX Crew-4 (Expedition 67/68)
Mission insignia
SpaceX Crew 4 logo.png ISS Expedition 67 Patch.png

Early life and educationEdit

Robert "Farmer" Hines was born on January 11, 1975, in Fayetteville, North Carolina to Lynne and Robert Hines Sr. His family moved to Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, where he attended Crestwood High School. In 1989 he attended Space Camp aged 14.[1] He graduated from Boston University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering.[2][3]

Military careerEdit

In 1999, Hines graduated from Air Force Officer Training School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base. After pilot training, he was an instructor pilot on the T-37 Tweet. He then trained to be an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, before an assignment at RAF Lakenheath. While at RAF Lakenheath, he deployed for operations in the Middle East. In 2008, Hines attended the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, where he received a Master of Science in flight test engineering. His first assignment as a test pilot was to Eglin Air Force Base, where he tested the F-15C Eagle and F-15E Strike Eagle, and deployed as a U-28 pilot. In 2010, Hines received his Masters of Science in aerospace engineering at the University of Alabama. Hines joined the Air Force Reserves at NAS JRB Fort Worth in 2011, where he worked as a wing plans officer, as well as a F-15E program test pilot at the 84th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base. Throughout his career, he has flown 76 combat missions, and has over 3,500 hours of flight time in 41 aircraft.[2] His transfer back to the regular Air Force as a lieutenant colonel was approved by the U.S. Senate in February 2019.[4]

NASA careerEdit

Prior to his selection as an astronaut, Hines served as a test pilot at NASA's Johnson Space Center, as well as for the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2017, he was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 22, and began his two-year training. At the time of his selection, Hines was a research pilot for the Aircraft Operations Division of the Flight Operations Directorate at NASA.[2][5]

In February 2021, Hines was assigned as pilot of SpaceX Crew-4, alongside NASA astronaut Kjell N. Lindgren who is the commander.[6] They are flying with mission specialists Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA and Jessica Watkins. Crew-4 launched successfully on April 27, 2022, before docking later that day.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Hines and his wife, Kelli, have three children.[2]

Amateur radioEdit

Hines holds a Technician class Ham Radio operators license with call sign KI5RQT.[8]

Awards and honorsEdit

During his Air Force career, Hines received multiple awards, including the Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal. He received the U.S. Air Force Bobby Bond Memorial Aviator Award, and the NASA Stuart Present Flight Achievement Award. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.[2]


  This article incorporates public domain material from Mark Garcia. Bob Hines. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved September 13, 2018. (Official NASA bio).

  1. ^ "Meet the Tremendous 12! Space Camp's Astronaut Alumni". Space Camp. U.S. Space & Rocket Center. September 6, 2019. Archived from the original on July 28, 2020. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Garcia, Mark (February 7, 2018). "Astronaut Candidate Bob Hines". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "Robert Thomas "Bob" Hines Jr". Spacefacts. April 18, 2018. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "PN275 — Robert T. Hines Jr. — Air Force". U.S. Congress. February 28, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Harwood, William (June 7, 2017). "NASA introduces 12 new astronauts". CBS News. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "NASA Assigns Astronauts to Agency's SpaceX Crew-4 Mission". February 12, 2021.
  7. ^ Jackie Wattles (April 27, 2022). "SpaceX mission arrives at ISS with first Black woman to join space station crew". CNN. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  8. ^ "ULS License - Amateur License - KI5RQT - Hines Jr, Robert T". Retrieved April 19, 2022.

External linksEdit

  • Astronaut Doug Hines enters the Boeing Starliner for the first time during OFT-2