Frank De Winne
Belgian astronaut of the
European space Agency (ESA)
|Frank De Winne
First non-American pilot to receive the Joe Bill Dryden Semper Viper Award, in 1997, for demonstrating exceptional skills during a flight. Appointed "Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau" by the Dutch Queen for shown leadership during operation Allied Force (July 1999).
In August 2001, De Winne took up training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC), Star City, near Moscow. Training includes elements of Basic Training for the International Space Station as well as training as Soyuz board engineer.
He prepared for a flight to the ISS on the Taxi flight No. 4 on 28 October 2002. He served as a flight engineer on Soyuz TMA during ascend, and on Soyuz TM during reentry. This was the first flight of the newly designed Soyuz TMA Spacecraft.
During his 8-day stay onboard ISS he conducted an international science programme both in the Russian and American segment.
He stayed 188 days on board of ISS on May 2009! He became the first European Space Agency astronaut to oversee the
International Space Station (commander). This is his second stay on board ISS.
|OasISS mission 2009
|Astronat and Radio Amateur Frank De Winne,
ON1DWN, is set
to become the first European Space Agency astronaut to oversee the
International Space Station. This is his second stay on board ISS (Oct. 2002).
He left on May 27 12:34 Local Belgian time from Kazakhstan, where a Soyuz rocket
launched him, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian Space Agency
astronaut Robert Thirsk, VA3CSA, to the ISS ().
De Winne, who is from Belgium, will be a Flight Engineer as a member
of the Expedition 20 Crew. With the next crew rotation ON1DWN will
take over as Commander of Expedition 21 and will serve in that position
until his return to Earth in November. This will mark the first time
that someone other than a Russian or an American has held that post.
Mr De Winne is scheduled to spend six months in orbit!
More here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8037431.stm
or here: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/OasISS_Mission/ESA0EUZUMOC_0.html
The docking of Soyuz TMA-15 capsule was on May 29 at 14:36 Belgian time (12:36UTC).
With the landing
of the Soyuz capsule in the Kazakh steppe on Tuesday,
What is Odissea?
Belgian ESA astronaut to carry out an important science and technology programme on board the International Space Station
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Frank De Winne, of Belgian nationality, is to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) on 30th October 2002 on board a Russian Soyuz taxi flight. He has become the first Belgian to visit the ISS. During the mission, which has been named Odissea, De Winne will perform a series of science and technology related experiments on board the ISS. The Belgian Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs (OSTC) are providing the funding for De Winnes flight and the related experimental programme.
|A crew including Mission Commander Sergei
Zalyotin, and Flight Engineers Frank De Winne and Yuri
Lonchakov, lifted off on a Russian Soyuz rocket from
Baikonur in Kazakhstan for a 10-day mission. The launch
took place on 30 October 2002 at 03:11h UTC.
Alongside his Commander, De Winne, as Flight Engineer, played his part in testing the new Soyuz TMA-1 spacecraft which carried the crew to the Space Station. Two days after launch the spacecraft it docked automatically with the Space Station.
|The prime task of the mission was to replace the TM-34 Soyuz vehicle currently attached to the Station with this modernised version. It is essential for the resident crew that the Soyuz 'lifeboat' remains in top condition in case of an emergency evacuation and so regular 'taxi' flights, such as Odissea, are used to swap an older Soyuz spacecraft with a newer craft every six months. This was the fourth such exchange of a Soyuz spacecraft since the assembly of the Space Station started in November 1998.|
Source: Images ESA
What is the contribution of Belgium to the ISS programme?
Belgium makes a considerable contribution via ESA, especially in the field of the development of new technologies. For instance there is the development of the Crew Return Vehicle (CRV). Belgium makes a large contribution to the X-38 programme for the CRV. And there is science. Although Belgium is a small country it is paying 10% of the scientific equipment for the European Columbus laboratory, which will be docked to the ISS in 2004. So Belgiums efforts are considerable.
Frank De Winne:
Credits: European space Agency (ESA)
QSO's with Frank De Winne from the ISS (NA1SS)
Sunday 3 November 2002, 09:16 UTC
Frank De Winne Crew Pick, Royal Technical School Belgian Air Force,
Sint Truiden (ON4RST), Belgium
QSL Direct via ON7AQ
[[[MPEG two-way AUDIO]]]
[[[My recording at my QTH mp3]]]
De Winne Crew Pick, Euro Space Center, Transinne, Belgium,
2002-11-05 09:00 UTC
QSL Direct via ON7AQ
[[[My recording of this contact]]]
My QSL-card from Frank De Winne
OasISS news BBC:
OasISS mission http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/OasISS_Mission/index.html
Frank de Winne here: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/OasISS_Mission/ESA0EUZUMOC_0.html
Urania: Frank De Winne (Dutch)
Astronet: dutch ienglish
ESA Movies Frank De Winne: ESA
ARISS info about Frank De Winne and QSO with ON4BAF at ON4RST (dutch pdf)
About Frank De Winne Mil.be English or Mil.be Dutch
Odissea official Belgian website: www.odissea.be
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