Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Travel News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



ESA Astronaut Frank De Winne To Spend Six Months On The ISS In 2009

Born in Ghent, Belgium, 25 April 1961. He is married and has three children. In January 2000, Frank De Winne joined the European Astronaut Corps of the European Space Agency (ESA), whose homebase is the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. In August 2001, De Winne took up training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC), Star City, near Moscow. He is now preparing for a flight to the ISS on the Taxi flight No. 4 scheduled for October 2002. He will serve as flight engineer on Soyuz TMA during ascend, and on Soyuz TM during reentry. During his 8-day stay onboard ISS he will conduct an international science programme both in the Russian and American segment. Credits: ESA- J-L.Atteleyn
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (ESA) Feb 12, 2008
With the Columbus mission well under way, the space station programme has assigned crews for the next flight opportunities. Belgian ESA astronaut Frank De Winne joins Expedition 19 and will spend six months on the ISS in 2009. In May 2009, he will fly together with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS.

The arrival of Frank De Winne and his two crewmates will for the first time expand the station's crew size to six. They will join Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, the Expedition 19 commander, and NASA astronauts Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott. By then, the Japanese Kibo laboratory will also be attached to the ISS.

Frank De Winne has been back-up for French ESA astronaut Leopold Eyharts for the ongoing Columbus mission. Like Eyharts, De Winne trained on the Shuttle, the ISS and on Columbus and the ATV. He is therefore already very familiar with those spacecraft. Moreover, he spent 12 days in space and onboard the ISS in 2002 for ESA's Odissea mission.

On 30 October 2002, he launched with the new Russian Soyuz TMA-1 spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan; during that mission, Frank De Winne carried out a complete package of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and education activities.

The back-up for Frank De Winne for the second European long-term mission to the ISS in May 2009 will be Andre Kuipers, ESA astronaut of Dutch nationality. Kuipers has also already been to the ISS. He flew in April 2004 on the Russian Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft and spent 12 days in space during the Delta mission. Like De Winne he conducted a fully-fledged package of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and education activities.

Once the European Columbus laboratory has been attached to the ISS, ESA will not only be an essential operational partner in the ISS, but will also have a 8.3% share in the station's resources. The corresponding share in crew time allows ESA to send one European astronaut for a six-month stay on the ISS every second year.

Frank De Winne's flight is based on this part of the agreement between the ISS programme partners. He will conduct scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and educational activities during his stay on the ISS, along with various operational tasks on all the station's international elements.

Related Links
Esperia Mission
Station at NASA
Station and More at Roscosmos
S.P. Korolev RSC Energia
Watch NASA TV via Space.TV
Space Station News at Space-Travel.Com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


Two Canadians to blast off into space in 2009
Ottawa (AFP) Feb 11, 2008
Two Canadian astronauts will participate in space missions next year, the government said Monday.







  • Propulsion Technology Mostly Unchanged After 50 Years
  • Ahmadinejad Says Iran Will Launch Two More Satellites
  • Russia says Iran rocket raises nuclear suspicions: report
  • Companies Team Up For Advanced Airbag Landing And Flotation System For Orion Vehicle

  • ILS Proton Launches THOR 5 Satellite
  • Bigelow Aerospace And Lockheed Martin Converging On Terms For Launch Services
  • USAF Awards United Launch Alliance Three Delta IV Missions
  • Vandenberg Prepares For First Atlas V Launch

  • Shuttle Atlantis docks with Space Station
  • NASA Launches Atlantis
  • NASA Plans To Launch Up To Six Space Shuttles In 2008
  • Atlantis Set For Launch Thursday Afternoon

  • Two Canadians to blast off into space in 2009
  • ESA Astronaut Frank De Winne To Spend Six Months On The ISS In 2009
  • Astronauts launch first space walk of Atlantis mission
  • Atlantis mission back on track after astronaut's illness

  • Doctors Give Green Light For Flight Of Next Space Tourist
  • Coalition for Space Exploration Responds To White House NASA Budget Request
  • Boeing Courts Ares I Suppliers To Provide NASA With Best Value
  • Texas county passes on spaceport plan

  • China May Broadcast First Taikonaut Spacewalk Live
  • Chinese Taikonaut Dismisses Environment Worries About New Space Launch Center
  • China To Boost Civil Industrialization With Xian Base
  • China Set To Launch Manned Space Mission In 2008

  • Can A Robot Draw A Map
  • Meet Blob The Robot
  • Russian Fuel Flows Into Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle
  • ESA Training Team ATV

  • Still Grinding After All These Years Makes For Much Opportunity
  • NASA Budget Request Strong On Earth Weak On Mars
  • ESA Presents Mars In 3D
  • Mars In Their Sights

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright Space.TV Corporation. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space.TV Corp on any Web page published or hosted by Space.TV Corp. Privacy Statement