Soyuz TMA TSC Flight Engineer,
Colonel, US Air Force,
NASA Astronaut, USA
BIRTH DATA AND PLACE:
March 14, 1967, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, but considers Emsworth,
Pennsylvania to be his hometown.
His parents, Edward and Alma Fincke, reside in Emsworth, Pennsylvania.
In 1985 Fincke graduated from Sewickley Academy, Sewickly, Pennsylvania.
In 1989, being an Air Force ROTC scholarship student, he completed
the studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and received
a bachelor of science degree in aeronautics and astronautics; as well as
in earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences.
In 1990 Fincke received a master of science degree in aeronautics and
astronautics from Stanford University, and the second master of science
degree in physical sciences (planetary geology) from the University of
Houston, Clear Lake in 2001.
MARITAL STATUS: married to Renita Saikia, has two children: son Chandra
and daughter Theraly Pauline.
ORGANIZATIONS: Geological Society of America (GSA).
Recipient of two United States Air Force Commendation Medals, the Unites
States Air Force Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards.
Distinguished graduate from the Unites States Air Force ROTC, Squadron
Officer School and Test Pilot School Programs.
Recipient of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School Colonel
Ray Jones Award as the top flight test engineer/flight test navigator.
Hiking, flying, travel, Geology, Astronomy, reading and learning new
languages (conversant in Japanese and Russian).
Upon graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),
Robinson attended an exchange program with Moscow Aviation Institute where
he studied Cosmonautics. Upon completion of the Stanford University in
1990, Fincke entered the United States Air force where he was assigned
to the Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force
Base, California. There he served as a space systems engineer and a space
test engineer. In 1994, upon completion of the United States Air force
Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base, California, Fincke was assigned
to the 39th Flight Test Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where
he served as a flight test engineer working on a variety of test programs,
as well as flying the F-16 and F-15 aircraft. He has over 800 flight hours
in more than 30 different aircraft types.
Fincke was selected as NASA candidate astronaut in April 1996. Having
completed two years of training, he was assigned technical duties in the
Astronaut Office Station Operations Branch serving as an International
Space Station Spacecraft Communicator (ISS CAPCOM), a member of the Crew
Test Support Team in Russia and as the ISS crew procedures team lead.
In July 1999, he was assigned as backup crewmember for the International
Space Station Expedition 4 crew.
From April 19 to October 24, 2004 he passed training for a space flight
as a flight engineer and the crew scientist for the ISS Expedition 9 crew
(the ISS-9 crew).
He performed the first space flight from April 19 to October 24, 2004
under the ISS Expedition-9 program as the ISS Flight Engineer and Science
Officer, Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft Flight Engineer. The ISS-9 crew received
and unloaded the Progress M-49 and M-50 cargo transport vehicles, provided
four ascents of the ISS orbit, restored CMG-2 power, repaired EMU and Electron-VM
oxygen generation system, made scientific experiments and research under
the Russian, U.S. and European programs. The Station was transferred to
the crew for Expedition-10. During the flight he made four spacewalks of
the total duration of 15 hours and 44 min. The mission duration was 187
days 21 hours 16 min 09 s.
He passed training within the ISS-13 backup crew as the ISS commander
and the Soyuz TMA TSC flight engineer.
In August 2006 he was preliminarily assigned the ISS-16 backup crew
commander by the joint decision of ROSKOSMOS and NASA. He passed training
for a space flight within the ISS-16 backup crew as the Soyuz TMA TSC commander
and flight engineer.
On February 13, 2007 by NASA decision was approved as the ISS Expedition
18 commander and the Soyuz TMA-13 TSC flight engineer the launch of which
shall be provided in October 2008.
Based on NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center materials (USA).