ESA presents new era of ESA astronauts


Science & Exploration


The European Area Company has chosen 17 new astronaut candidates from greater than 22 500 candidates from throughout its Member States. On this new 2022 class of ESA astronauts are 5 profession astronauts, 11 members of an astronaut reserve and one astronaut with a incapacity. 

ESA Director Common Josef Aschbacher launched the members of the 2022 ESA astronaut class, the primary new recruits in 13 years, at the moment on the Grand Palais Éphémère in Paris, France, shortly after the ESA Council at Ministerial stage ended. 

“In the present day we welcome the 17 members of the brand new ESA astronaut class 2022. This ESA astronaut class is bringing ambition, expertise and variety in many alternative types – to drive our endeavours, and our future. 

“The continual exploration in low Earth orbit on the Worldwide Area Station, going ahead to the Moon – and past,” mentioned ESA Director Common Josef Aschbacher. 

ESA’s director of Human and Robotic Exploration, David Parker, added “That is a unprecedented time for human spaceflight and for Europe. After the profitable launch of Artemis I with ESA’s European Service Module powering Orion to the Moon, we’re on the forefront of human area exploration. We’re delighted to have this group of extraordinarily proficient folks, to proceed European science and operations on the Worldwide Area Station and past.” 

ESA’s new astronaut candidates will take up responsibility on the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. They are going to be skilled to the very best stage of requirements as specified by the Worldwide Area Station companions. 

Frank De Winne, head of the European Astronaut Centre and ESA’s Worldwide Area Station programme Supervisor mentioned: “We’re excited to welcome the brand new ESA astronaut class of 2022 and I’m trying ahead to see all these bold younger profession astronaut candidates becoming a member of us for his or her first coaching at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023, going ahead to discover and form area exploration.” 

After completion of the 12-month primary coaching, the brand new astronauts will probably be able to enter the following Area Station coaching section and, as soon as assigned to a mission, their coaching will probably be tailor-made to particular mission duties.  

For the primary time, ESA has established a reserve pool of astronauts. This reserve listing consists of astronaut candidates who have been profitable all through your entire choice course of however can’t be recruited at this cut-off date. Astronauts within the reserve stay with their present employers and can obtain a consultancy contract and primary help. They are going to begin primary coaching in case a flight alternative has been recognized. 

ESA additionally chosen one astronaut candidate with a bodily incapacity. He’ll participate within the Parastronaut Feasibility Challenge to develop choices for the inclusion of astronauts with bodily disabilities in human spaceflight and doable future missions.

The ESA astronaut class 2022 consists of 5 profession astronauts, 11 reserve astronauts in addition to one astronaut with a bodily incapacity.

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