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Astronaut of the Canadian Space Agency
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Born January 6, 1970 in Quebec city, Quebec, grew up in Saint-Lambert in the same province.
FAMILY STATUS: Married, has two children.
In 1993 he received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the Polytechnic Institute of Montreal.
In 1998 he received his PhD in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge.
In 2005 he also received a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Laval.
In 2007 David Saint-Jacques completed a Family medicine residency at McGill University.
Travelling, cycling, skiing and sailing.
In 1999 - 2001 he took part in the development and use of an infrared interferometer in Japan and an adaptive optical system for Japanese Subaru telescope located on Mauna-Kea, Hawaii.
By the time of the recruitment (2008) he worked as a physician at the Health Center in Puvirnitug – the Eskimos settlement on the coast of the Hudson Bay in North Quebec.
Besides, he works as a lecturer for McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine.
On May 13, 2009 he was enlisted in the Astronaut Corps., passed training together with astronauts of the 20-th selection, NASA. On September 8, 2011 the Canadian Space Agency announced about the completion of his training and that David Saint-Jacques received an astronaut qualification.
Upon completion of training he was assigned to the Robotics Department of the Astronaut Corps. of the Johnson Space Center where he took part in operations with the European manipulator on the ISS.
Since completion of his study David Saint-Jacques constantly improves his knowledge and skills and also participates in various scientific expeditions – geological, glaciological, speleological and others, such as underwater mission NEEMO 15 and underground mission CAVES 2013.
In 2012 he passed a course of training with regard to the ISS Russian Segment as a user. On July 26, 2012 he received a certificate of successful completion of the training program using the Soyuz systems that gives a right to continue training for space flight as flight engineer-2 of the Soyuz spacecraft.
At a period of January 18 – 22, 2016 at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, he together with Jeremy Hansen passed practical training for operations with European ISS Module Columbus.
On May 16, 2016 the Canadian Space Agency announced that David Saint-Jacques was appointed to the ISS 58/59 crew.
On September 12, 2016 he began training at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC.
From January 30 to February 2, 2017 in the forest near Moscow he together with Oleg Kononenko and Serena Aunon-Chancellor took part in training in actions after landing in the wooded-marshy area in winter.
In June 2017 at the base of the 179th Emergency Situation Center in Noginsk, Moscow region, the crew consisting of Oleg Kononenko, David Saint-Jacques and Serena Aunon-Chancellor passed training in actions after the spacecraft landing at the water surface – the so-called “water survival”.
On November 30, 2017 by decision of the Interdepartmental Commission (IDC) he was approved and appointed as a flight engineer of the Soyuz MS-09 backup crew and the prime crew of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft.
On May 10, 2018, he started to receive comprehensive training as a flight engineer of a backup crew together with Oleg Kononenko and Ann McClain. On that day an examination training session was held in the simulator of Soyuz MS spacecraft. On May 11, the crew passed a qualification (“pass/fail”) training session in the ISS Russian Segment mockup.
On June 6, 2018 during the launch of Soyuz MS-09 he was the backup of the flight engineer of the spacecraft.
Based on data of site www.astronaut.ru.