M I S S I O N A S T R O L A B
* May 23 , 1958
Born 23 May 1958, in
Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Thomas is married and has two sons. He enjoys
fencing, badminton, cooking and playing the guitar.
Thomas Reiter has a Masters Degree
in Aerospace Technology. He graduated from Goethe-High School in
Neu-Isenburg in June 1977, from the Armed Forces University in
Neubiberg in December 1982 and from the Empire Test Pilots School
(ETPS) in Boscombe Down, England, in December 1992.
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After completion of military jet
training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Thomas Reiter flew the
Alpha-Jet in a fighter-bomber squadron based in Oldenburg, Germany. He
was involved in the development of computerized mission planning
systems and became a flight-operations officer and deputy squadron
commander. After completing the test-pilot training Class 2 at the
German flight test center in Manching during 1990, Reiter was involved
in several flight test projects and conversion training on the Tornado
the following year. Reiter attended the Class 1 test pilot training at
ETPS, Boscombe Down, in 1992. His flight experience includes more than
2300 hours in military combat jet aircraft of more than 15 types.
Thomas Reiter was also involved in
European Space Agency (ESA) studies of a manned space vehicle (Hermes)
and development of equipment for the Columbus module, one of Europe's
main contributions to the International Space Station.
In 1992, he was selected to join
ESA's Astronaut Corps, based at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in
Cologne, Germany. After completing basic training, Reiter was selected
for the Euromir 95 mission and started training at TsPK (Cosmonauts
Training Centre) in Star City near Moscow in August 1993, preparing for
onboard-engineer tasks, extra-vehicular activities and operations of
the Soyuz transportation system. The Euromir 95 experiment training was
organized and mainly carried out at EAC.
In March 1995, he was assigned as
on-board engineer for the Euromir 95 mission, a record-breaking 179
days on ESA's Euromir 95 mission (3 September 1995 until 29 February
1996) with two spacewalks (EVAs).
Between October 1996 and July
1997, Reiter underwent training on Soyuz-TM spacecraft operations for
de-docking, atmospheric re-entry and landing. He was awarded the
Russian 'Soyuz Return Commander' certificate, which qualifies him to
command a three-person Soyuz capsule during its return from space.
Furthermore, he performed
collateral duties in the ERA-team of ESA, which is developing the
European Robotic Arm and its ground based test- and mission control
From September 1997 to March 1999,
Reiter was detached to the German Air Force as Operational Group
Commander of a Tornado fighterbomber wing. After his return to ESA he
gave support to the ATV team and the ERA programme. He continued
training at the Russian Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City from
June 1999 until March 2000 for the Russian Segments of the
International Space Station.
Within the Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Exploration he was working the last three years in the Columbus programme.