University of Toledo alumnus leading NASA mission to ISS

Toledo, OHIO (WTVG) - Robert Dempsey, known as Dr. Bob, is the man leading mission control for a commercial crew launch for NASA later this summer. If successful, this mission could change space travel forever.

Dempsey is a University of Michigan and University of Toledo graduate. Ever since he was a child, he wanted to explore space. One of Dempsey's earliest memories is putting on a bathrobe, stuffing it with towels, tying a rope around his waist and standing on his childhood bed while pretending he was floating in space.

Since that moment, Dempsey went on to work for NASA and now Boeing. He is the flight director for a new mission aimed at docking a commercial crew spacecraft with the International Space Station.

The mission has taken years of planning. From design, to the build and countless months of training, Dempsey is leading the mission later this summer. The Boeing CST-100 Strliner will travel unmanned for the maiden voyage. If it is successful, it will provide a way for the United States to send astronauts to the International Space Station. Right now, NASA relies on Russia to send Americans into space.

This mission could also pave the way for commercial flights for those simply wanting to cross an item off the bucket list.