Susan Helms

Susan Helms

Keynote Speaker: Retired Lieutenant General in the Air Force & Former NASA Astronaut

Susan Helms Biography

Astronaut Susan Helms (Lieutenant General, USAF, Ret.) is a retired Astronaut, Flight Test Engineer and military officer. After receiving her B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the US Air Force Academy (’80), Helms served in a number of technical assignments, including as an exchange officer with the Canadian Forces at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta. She also received her M.S in Aero/Astro from Stanford University (’85) and graduated from the USAF Test Pilot School as a Flight Test Engineer (‘88A) Prior to her selection for NASA, Helms had flown in more than 30 US and Canadian aircraft. While at NASA (1990-2002), Helms flew on 5 space missions, including a 5+ month stay on the International Space Station in 2001.

Helms’s first flight was STS-54, aboard Endeavour, a 6-day mission that deployed a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite and utilized an X-ray spectrometer in the payload bay to gather information that allowed investigators to further understand the origins of the Milky Way Galaxy.

On STS-64, a 12-day mission aboard Discovery, Helms served as the primary operator of the Robotics Manipulator System (RMS – aka the ‘robotic arm’) and served as the Flight Engineer (MS-2) for orbiter operations. Among other mission tasks, Helms released and recaptured 2 days later the Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy-201 (SPARTAN-201) free flyer, using the RMS.

Helms then flew a 17-day mission on Columbia for STS-78 as both Payload Commander and Flight Engineer (MS-2), a shuttle first. The mission included studies sponsored by ten countries and fiver different space agencies and was the first mission to combine both a full agenda of microgravity studies along with a comprehensive investigation of the human body in space. This mission served as a model for future studies aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

In 2000, Helms and her ISS-2 crew were assigned to a quick notice mission (9 weeks) on Atlantis, dedicated to the delivery and repair of critical hardware for ISS. Helms had prime responsibility for critical repairs to extend the life of the Functional Cargo Block (FGB – a crucial Russian Segment of ISS) as well as prime responsibility of the onboard computer network.

Helms served as a Flight Engineer on the International Space Station for Expedition 2 (ISS-2) from March 8 – August 22, 2001. During her increment, Helms installed the airlock using the Space Station Robotics Manipulation System (SSRMS), and welcomed the visiting Soyuz crew that included the first space tourist, Dennis Tito. Numerous ‘firsts’ for the ISS were accomplished during this mission, including the first “fly around” of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to a different docking port. Shortly after docking to the ISS for this mission, Helms and her ISS-2 crewmate, Jim Voss, performed a world-record 8 hour and 56 minute Extravehicular Activity (EVA – aka ‘spacewalk’) during which they installed critical hardware to the outside of the space station, one of many ISS assembly missions.

After her career at NASA, Helms returned to the US Air Force (USAF) where she took a Division Chief position at Headquarters for USAF Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO. She also served as the Vice Commander of the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base and Deputy Director of Operations for Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base. As a General Officer, Helms has served as the Commander of the 45th Space Wing, Director of Plans and Policy for US Strategic Command, and was dual-hatted as Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, US Strategic Command, both at Vandenberg AFB, CA. Helms officially retired from the United States Air Force in 2014.

Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Susan Helms and other top speakers and celebrities.

Susan Helms Videos

Susan Helms, Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Class of 2018 ...
The Final Frontier: A Conversation with Astronaut Susan Helms ...
General Susan Helms at STEM Forum Part 1 of 3

How to book Susan Helms?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Susan Helms for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Susan Helms, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Susan Helms or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Susan Helms?

Booking fees for Susan Helms, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Susan Helms, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Susan Helms?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Susan Helms for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Susan Helms for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Susan Helms or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Susan Helms or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Susan Helms is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Space, Human Resources and Empowerment. The estimated speaking fee range to book Susan Helms for live events is $20,000 - $30,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Susan Helms can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Peggy Whitson, Cady Coleman and Wendy Lawrence. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Susan Helms for an upcoming event.

Susan Helms Videos

Susan Helms, Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Class of 2018 ...
The Final Frontier: A Conversation with Astronaut Susan Helms ...
General Susan Helms at STEM Forum Part 1 of 3
Susan Helms Joins Astronaut Hall of Fame

Susan Helms Speaking Topics

  • Speaking Points

    • Life aboard the International Space Station
    • One Woman's Journey
    • The Challenge of Adversity
    • Lessons in Leadership

How to book Susan Helms?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Susan Helms for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Susan Helms, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Susan Helms or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Susan Helms?

Booking fees for Susan Helms, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Susan Helms, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Susan Helms?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Susan Helms for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Susan Helms for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Susan Helms or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Susan Helms or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Susan Helms is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Space, Human Resources and Empowerment. The estimated speaking fee range to book Susan Helms for live events is $20,000 - $30,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Susan Helms can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Peggy Whitson, Cady Coleman and Wendy Lawrence. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Susan Helms for an upcoming event.

BOOKING INFORMATION REQUEST
SUSAN HELMS

We are happy to assist you with your interest in booking a speaker or celebrity for your event, your organization, and the type of talent you would like to secure, and an agent will be in touch shortly.

Fill out the form below to or call us at 1-800-698-2536 if need immediate assistance.

Tell us about your event!

We respond to most inquiries within 4 hours. Under special circumstances, it may take up to 24 hours.


This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.