Daniel Burbank is an American astronaut and a Captain in the United States Coast Guard. He was born Daniel Christopher Burbank on July 27, 1961 in Manchester, Connecticut. In 1979, he graduated from Tolland High School in Tolland, Connecticut. He then attended Fairfield University for his first year of college, but soon transferred to the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he earned his commission in 1985. Two years later, he completed flight training and became an instructor pilot. He earned his Master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1990.
In April 1996, Burbank was selected by NASA to be an astronaut. He was sent to Johnson Space Center, where he completed two years of training and evaluation. He was then assigned to work technical issues for the Astronaut Office Operations Planning Branch and the International Space Station Branch. He was also a part of the Space Shuttle Cockpit Avionics Upgrade design team.
In September 2000, Burbank launched aboard shuttle Atlantis on STS-106. During the mission, the crew effectively prepared the ISS for the arrival of the first permanent crew and delivered more than 6,600 pounds of supplies. They also installed batteries, power converters, oxygen generation equipment, and a treadmill on the space station. A space walk was performed to connect power and data cables between the newly arrived Service Module and the ISS. The mission landed safely, and six years later Burbank embarked on his second flight to space. The mission STS-115 launched on September 9, 2006 and successfully restarted assembly of the ISS. The crew also delivered and installed the massive P3/P4 truss and two sets of solar arrays. The crew also completed exceptional robotics activity using the Shuttle and ISS robotic arms. After two very successful missions, Burbank is in good standing.
From January 2007 to December 2009 Burbank served as a Professor of Engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and taught Astronomy, Aerodynamics, and Static & Engineering Design. He is currently assigned to ISS Expedition 29/30 and is scheduled for a six-month tour of duty aboard ISS beginning September 2011. Burbank is married with two children and lives in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts.