Yu.A. Gagarin TsPK NII picture
JAXA Astronaut, Japan
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
August 1, 1963, in Omiya, Saitama prefecture, Japan
Graduated from Urawa High School in 1982.
Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Kyushu University in 1987.
Received a Master of Science degree in Applied Mechanics from the same University in 1989.
AWARDS: Medal for Merit in Space Exploration (2011).
Skiing, basket-ball, tennis, hang-gliding.
Married to Stefanie von Sachsen-Altenburg, German from Bonn. They have a son.
In April 1989 he began to work as an engineer in Japan Airlines (JAL) and for 3 months passed training and then was assigned to the Base Maintenance Department, Narita.
From July 1991 to May 1992 he was assigned to the Engineering Department of JAL where he was involved in research of structural integrity of transport aircraft, as well as in the program of corrosion prevention. He has logged over 1100 hours in a variety of aircraft.
In April 1992 he was selected as an astronaut candidate by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDÀ). From March 1992 to August 1993 he completed one year of general space training (as an astronaut candidate of NASA 14-th selection) at the Johnson Space Center, USA and was qualified as a Mission Specialist on the Space Shuttle. Then Koichi Wakata was assigned to the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch. On December12, 1994 he was assigned to the crew of STS-72 as a Mission Specialist.
He performed his first space flight on January 11-20, 1996 as a Mission Specialist of the Endeavour Shuttle (STS-72). The flight duration was 8 days 22 hours 00 min.
From 1996 to 1998 he worked at the Astronaut Office EVA/Robotics Branch. On June 2, 1997 he was assigned to the crew of the Discovery Shuttle (STS-92) under the Space Station assembly program (ISS-05-3A). As a result he became the first Japanese who visited the Station.
He performed the second space flight on October 11-24, 2000 as a Mission Specialist in the crew of the Discovery Shuttle (STS-92 ISS-05-3A). The main objective of the mission was the delivery of the Zl Truss section. The flight duration was 12 days 21 hours 44 min.
From August 26 to September 6, 2002 Koichi Wakata took part in trainings (under the program of flights to the International Space Station -ISS) based on the European Astronaut Centre - EAC, Cologne in Germany. In December 2005 he began training at Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center for a long-duration expedition on the International Space Station (ISS) of the duration of three-six months. In August by the joint decision of Roskosmos and NASA he was assigned as a preliminary to the prime crew of ISS-16. The same month he began to study the Soyuz TMA spacecraft systems. Later he was removed from the crew of ISS-16. At a period of January 16-27, 2007 in the forest country 30 km from Moscow he participated in trainings to survive within the preliminary crew together with Salizhan Sharipov (Russia) and Soichi Noguchi (Japan).
On February 13, 2007 by NASA decision he was assigned as a flight engineer to ISS Expedition 18 (ISS-18).
He made his third space flight on April 15 through 31, 2009 as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle Discovery STS-119 mission. Onboard the space station he served as flight engineer of expeditions ISS-18, ISS-19, ISS-20. He returned to Earth onboard Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-127
The mission duration was 137 days 15 hours and 04 minutes.
On January 28, 2011, a message was posted in the forum of Novosti Kosmonavtiki magazine that he was assigned to the main crew of Expedition ISS-38/39.
On February 17, 2011, the announcement made by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and on February 18, 2011, the NASA press release No.11-044 both confirmed this assignment, also naming him the commander of Expedition ISS-39.
On April 29 - 30 and May 6, 2013 Koichi Wakata together with Mikhail Tyurin and Richard Mastracchio underwent successfully preflight test training on the ISS Russian Segment and the simulator of Soyuz TMA-V space vehicle at Cosmonauts Training Center, including training under the program of four-orbit ISS rendezvous scheme.
On May 8, 2013 in the Star City Interdepartmental Committee meeting was held which recommended him as fit for flight engineer service in backup crew of the 36/37th Expedition (ISS-36, ISS-37) to the International Space Station. On May 27, 2013 the State Commission took the decision on his approval as flight engineer of backup crew for TMV Soyuz
On May 28, 2013 during launch of TMV Soyuz TMA-09M he was backup flight engineer of the space vehicle.
Based on data of site astronaut.ru.