ISS Flight Engineer – 2,
Lieutenant-Colonel of the Air Force, Germany
ESA Astronaut, Germany
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
Born 23 May, 1958, in Frankfurt/Main, Land Hessen, FRG.
EDUCATION: He graduated from Goethe-High School in Neu-Isenburg in June
1977, from the Armed Forces University in Neubiberg in December 1982 and
received a master of science degree in aerospace engineering.
In December 1992 he graduated from the Empire Test Pilots School in
Boscombe Down, England.
FAMILY STATUS: Married.
Wife: Consuela Koestermann. They have two sons: Daniel, born in 1992,
and Sebastian, born in 1997.
HOBBY: He enjoys fencing and badminton, cooking and playing the guitar.
WORK EXPERIENCE: After completion of military jet training at Sheppard
Air Force Base, Texas, Thomas was qualified as a pilot and flow the Alpha-Jet
in a fighter-bomber squadron based in Oldenburg, Germany. He was engaged
in the development of computerized mission planning systems and became
a flight-operations officer and deputy squadron commander.
In 1990 he completed the test-pilot training at the German flight test
center in Manching and was qualified as Class 2 test pilot. The following
year he was involved in several flight test projects and conversion training
on the Tornado fighter-bomber.
In December 1992 he was qualified as Class 1 test pilot.
His flight experience includes more than 2300 hours in military combat
jet aircraft of more than 15 types.
Thomas Reiter participated in European Space Agency (ESA) studies of
the advanced manned space vehicle (Hermes) and development of equipment
for the Columbus module, one of Europe's contribution to the International
In 1992 he was selected to ESA's Astronaut Corps. From January to July
1993 he passed general space training at the European Astronaut Center
in Cologne, Germany.
On May 7, 1993 he was assigned for the Euromir 95 mission under the
From August 1993 to July 1994 he completed basic training at Yu. A.
Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center including preparation for extra-vehicular
activities and operations of the Soyuz transportation system.
From August 1994 to March 1995 he passed training as a member of the
On March 17, 1995 he was assigned to the prime crew (together with
Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Avdeev) for Expedition-20 to the Mir Orbital Complex.
From March 30 to August 11, 1995 he passed direct training for a flight
within the crew.
He performed the first space flight from September 3, 1995 to February
29, 1996 as flight engineer-2 of the Soyuz TM-22 spacecraft and Mir Orbital
Complex as a participant of Expedition-20 together with Yu. P. Gidzenko
and S. V. Avdeev. During the flight he performed two EVAs of the total
duration of 8 hr 22 min. The flight duration was 179 days 01 hr 42 min.
From October 1996 to July 1997 he passed training at Yu. A. Gagarin
CTC where he was engaged in the Soyuz-TM spacecraft operations during the
return from space. Upon completion of studies he was the first from foreign
astronauts who was qualified as commander of the Soyuz TM capsule.
From September 1997 to March 1999, Reiter was detached to the German
Air Force as Operational Group Commander of a Tornado fighterbomber wing.
On April 1, 1999 he resumed his work at the European Astronaut Center
in Cologne, Germany.
From June 1999 to March 2000 he passed training at Yu. A. Gagarin CTC
where he prepared for the ISS Russian Segment operations but in January-February
2003 he passed a two-month special course under a program for the Soyuz
TMA spacecraft commander during the return.
In April 2001 he was assigned to pass training for a flight as a member
of a long-duration Expedition onboard the ISS.
In September 2004 he was assigned to perform a long-term flight onboard
He began to perform his second space flight on July 4, 2006 as a flight
specialist of the Discovery shuttle (STS-121). On July 6 the shuttle docking
to the ISS occurred and Thomas Reiter started to work as flight engineer-2
of Expedition-13 onboard the ISS together with P. Vinogradov (Russia) and
D. Williams (USA). During the flight he performed one EVA of the duration
of 5 hr 54 min.
Based on the ESA data.