Taylor G. Wang
After completing his doctorate, Wang joined the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 1972, as a senior scientist.
At JPL he
was responsible for the inception and development of containerless processing science and technology research.
He was the Principal Investigator (PI) on the Spacelab 3 mission NASA Drop Dynamics (DDM) experiments, PI on the NASA SPAR Flight Experiment #77-18 "Dynamics of Liquid Bubble," PI on the NASA SPAR Flight Experiment #76-20 "Containerless Processing Technology," and PI on the Department of Energy Experiment "Spherical Shell Technology."
gained US citizenship in 1975, and published a paper on dynamic behavior of rotating spheroids in zero gravity the next year.
The paper received attention in NASA
, and Wang
was selected as a payload specialist on June 1, 1983 for the Spacelab-3 mission.
conducted precursor drop dynamics experiments for the DDM in ground-based laboratories employing acoustic levitation systems, neutral buoyancy systems and drop towers, and in the near weightless environment provided by JSC's KC-135 airplane flights and SPAR rockets.
These flights have helped to define the experimental parameters and procedures in the DDM experiments performed on Spacelab 3.
He is the inventor of the acoustic levitation and manipulation chamber for the DDM and is the author of 70 articles in open literature and 20 U.S. patents.
flew on STS-51B Challenger (April 29-May 6, 1985).
STS-51B/Spacelab-3 was launched from Kennedy Space Center
, Florida, and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
It was the first operational Spacelab mission.
The seven-man crew aboard Challenger conducted investigations in crystal growth, drop dynamics leading to containerless material processing, atmospheric trace gas spectroscopy, solar and planetary atmospheric simulation, cosmic rays, laboratory animals and human medical monitoring.
At mission conclusion, Wang
traveled over 2.9 million miles in 110 Earth orbits, and logged over 168 hours in space.
Wang later became a Centennial Professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
has written about 200 journal articles and holds 28 U.S. patents on acoustics, drop and bubble dynamics, collision and coalescence of drops, charged drop dynamics, containerless science, and encapsulation of living cells.
experiments were carried out in 1992 in United States Microgravity Laboratory 1
(USML-1), and in 1995 aboard USML-2.
is married to Xueping Feng with two sons, Kenneth Wang and Eric Wang.