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Frank DE WINNE
ESA Astronaut, Belgium,
Lieutenant-Colonel of the Belgian Air Force
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: April 25, 1961, Ghent (Belgium).
EDUCATION: Frank De Winne graduated from the Royal School of Cadets in 1979.
He received a Masters degree in telecommunications and civil engineering from the Royal Military Academy, Brussels, in 1984.
In 1992, he graduated with honours diploma from the Empire Test Pilots School, England, where he was awarded the McKenna Trophy.
FAMILY STATUS: married.
Wife: Hilde Delange, born in 1962.
Son: Tom De Winne, born in 1987.
Daughter: Nelle De Winne, born in 1989.
Son: Kun De Winne, born in 1994.
AWARDS AND RANKS: First non-American pilot who received the Joe Bill Dryden Semper Viper Award, in 1997, for demonstration
of exceptional skills during a flight (1997); the Dutch Queen honour for shown leadership during Allied Force operations (1999).
On December 23, 2002 by Decree of Belgian King Albert II a title of viscount was conferred on him.
He is a bearer of the Medal of Friendship (Decree of the President of the Russian Federation, dated May 27, 2003).
In 2003 Frank De Winne received an honorary doctorate from the University of Limburg.
HOBBIES: Football, computers, gastronomy.
WORK EXPERIENCE: From 1986 to 1992 Frank de Winne was a pilot on Mirage V aircraft, took part in the development of the Mirage
V aircraft upgrading program.
From December 1992 to 1995 he worked in the Test and Evaluation branch of the Belgian Air Force. As a test pilot, he was
engaged in the CARAPACE program (an electronic warfare program) at Eglin Air Force Base, USA, and a Self-Protection Program
for the C-130 aircraft.
From January 1994 to April 1995, Frank De Winne was responsible for the flight safety program of the 1st Fighter Wing at Beauvechain, Belgium.
From April 1995 to June 1996, as a senior test pilot in the European Participating Air Forces (EPAF), he was detached
to Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA, where he participated in the aircraft upgrading program, focussing on radar testing.
From 1996 to August 1998 he was a senior test pilot in the Belgian Air Force, responsible for all test programs and
pilot-vehicle interfaces for the advanced flight vehicles.
From August 1998 to January 2002, Frank De Winne was the Commander of the 349th Squadron at Kleine Brogel Airbase,
Belgium. Frank De Winne has logged more than 2300 hours on aircraft of different types, among which are: F-16, Tornado, Jaguar, Mirage.
In January 2000 he was selected as an astronaut by the European Space Agency and joined the European Astronaut Corps.
Since August 2001 he passed training at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC.
Since December 10, 2001 he began to train for a space flight directly as a flight engineer of the prime crew of the Soyuz TM, Soyuz TMA transport spacecraft for Expedition 4 (VC-4) under the ISS program, together with Sergei Zaletin, crew commander, and from October 1, 2002 with Yuri Lonchakov as well.
He performed his first space flight from October 30 to November 10, 2002 as flight engineer-2 for Expedition 4 (VC-4) under the ISS program.
The flight duration was 10 days 20 hours 52 min.
In August 2006 by the joint decision of Roscosmos and NASA he was preliminarily assigned to the ISS-16 backup crew as the ESA astronaut. On February 13, 2007 his assignment was confirmed by NASA.
In August 2007 he was preliminarily assigned to the prime crew of Expedition 20 to the ISS (ISS-20). On February 12, 2008 NASA officially declared on his assignment to this crew. In July 2008 a decision about his assignment as the ISS-21 Expedition commander was adopted. On November 21, 2008 his assignment was officially confirmed by NASA when declaring the ISS-20 - ISS-26 crewmembers.
By the data submitted by Yu.A. Gagarin CTC,
European Space Agency, site www.astronaut.ru