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Fuglesang



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Fuglesang
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Fuglesang, Arne Christer (1957-) Swedish engineer cosmonaut, mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-116, STS-128.

Total EVA Time: 0.76 days. Number of EVAs: 3.

ESA Official Biography

NAME: Christer Fuglesang

BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Stockholm, Sweden, 18 March 1957.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Bromma Gymnasium, Stockholm, in 1975 and received a Master of Science degree (Engineering Physics) from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm 1981. Received a Doctorate in Experimental Particle Physics in 1987 and became a Docent in Particle Physics in 1991, at the University of Stockholm.

FAMILY: Married, two daughters and one son.

RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Sailing, skiing, frisbee, travelling, logic games.

ORGANISATIONS: Member of the Swedish Physics Society.

EXPERIENCE: As a graduate student, Christer Fuglesang worked at CERN (European Research Centre on Particle Physics) in Geneva on the proton-antiproton collision UA5 experiment. He became a Fellow of CERN in 1988, where he worked on the CPLEAR experiment, studying the Kaon-particles. After a year he became a Senior Fellow and head of the particle identification subdetector. Fuglesang obtained a position at the Manne Siegbahn Institute of Physics, Stockholm, in 1990 but remained stationed at CERN working towards the new LHC (Large Hadron Collider) project. Since 1980 Fuglesang has (when in Sweden) also taught mathematics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

Fuglesang was selected to join the Astronaut Corps of the European Space Agency (ESA) based at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, in May 1992.

He completed the Introductory and Basic Training Programmes at EAC, and four weeks of training at TsPK (Cosmonauts Training Centre) in Star City ,Russia, with a view to future ESA-Russian collaboration in the Mir Space Station.

Fuglesang and fellow ESA astronaut, Thomas Reiter, of Germany, were selected for the Euromir 95 mission and started training at TsPK in August 1993 in preparation for their onboard engineer tasks, extra-vehicular activities ('spacewalks') and operations of the Soyuz transportation system. The Euromir 95 experiment training was organised and mainly carried out at the EAC.

In March 1995 he was selected as member of Crew 2 for the Euromir 95 mission, joining Genadi Manakov and Pavel Vinogradov. During the mission, which lasted 179 days from 3 September 1995 to 29 February 1996, Fuglesang was the prime Crew Interface Coordinator (CIC) at the Russian Mission Control Centre (TsUP) in Kaliningrad. He was the main contact with ESA Astronaut Thomas Reiter aboard Mir and was the coordinator between Mir and the Euromir 95 Payloads Operations Control Centre (SCOPE) located in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, and the project management.

Between March and June 1996, he underwent specialised training in TsPK on Soyuz operations for de-docking, atmospheric re-entry and landing. Christer Fuglesang entered the Mission Specialist Class at NASA/Johnson Space Centre at Houston in August 1996. This training led to his certification as Mission Specialist in April 1998.

In May 1998, he resumed his training at the Cosmonauts Training Centre (TsPK) in Star City, near Moscow, in order to qualify as Soyuz Return Commander.

July 1998.

Birth Place: Stockholm.
Status: Active.


Born: 1957.03.18.
Spaceflights: 2 .
Total time in space: 26.73 days.

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See also
  • Cosmonaut Category of persons who have been trained for spaceflight in Russia. More...
  • NASA Group 16 - 1996 Requirement: pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights. Nickname: The Sardines (named because that's how packed they were; at 44 this was the largest ASCAN class of all time) More...

Associated Flights
  • Mir EO-20 Crew: Avdeyev, Gidzenko, Reiter. First ESA astronaut on long-duration Mir crew. Backup crew: Manakov, Vinogradov, Fuglesang. More...
  • STS-116 Crew: Polansky, Oefelein, Curbeam, Patrick, Fuglesang, Higginbotham. First Swedish astronaut. Most demanding ISS assembly mission to date. Completed installation of the P5 truss, retracted the recalcitrant port P6 solar array wing, and activated the truss electrical and cooling system. More...
  • STS-128 Crew: Sturckow, Ford, Forrester, Hernandez, Fuglesang, Olivas. Deliver to the ISS and install the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM); Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC); Three-crew quarters, galley, and second treadmill (TVIS2); and the Crew Health Care System 2 (CHeCS 2). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • ESA European agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. European Space Agency, Europe. More...

Associated Programs
  • ISS Finally completed in 2010 after a torturous 25-year development and production process, the International Space Station was originally conceived as the staging post for manned exploration of the solar systrem. Instead, it was seemed to be the death knell of manned spaceflight. More...

Fuglesang Chronology


2000 November 1 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 00-46 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fuglesang; Gidzenko; Shepherd. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-1. The Soyuz spacecraft and the Expedition One crew drew closer to their home in space - the International Space Station - following two rendezvous burns earlier today. Also the Progress supply vehicle was undocked from the station, freeing the aft port on the Zvezda module to which the Soyuz will dock at 3:24 a.m. CST, Thursday. Additional Details: here....

2006 December 9 - .
2006 December 10 - .
2006 December 10 - .
2006 December 10 - . 01:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-116.
  • STS-116 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Polansky; Oefelein; Curbeam; Patrick; Fuglesang; Higginbotham; Williams. Return Crew: Polansky; Oefelein; Curbeam; Patrick; Fuglesang; Higginbotham; Reiter. Payload: Discovery F32 / P5. Mass: 120,420 kg (265,480 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Polansky; Oefelein; Curbeam; Patrick; Fuglesang; Higginbotham; Reiter. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-116; ISS EO-14; ISS Astrolab. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 12.86 days. Decay Date: 2006-12-10 . USAF Sat Cat: 29647 . COSPAR: 2006-055A. Apogee: 358 km (222 mi). Perigee: 326 km (202 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min. The mission used solid rocket booster pair RSRM-95 and external tank ET-123. At SSME burnout Discovery was in a 58 km x 220 km x 51.6 deg preliminary burn. The OMS-2 burn at 02:25 GMT placed the shuttle in a stable 225 x 250 km orbit from which rendezvous maneuvers began. Discovery docked with the ISS at 22:12 GMT on December 11. In the most demanding ISS assembly mission ever, the crew would require an additional spacewalk to complete installation of the P5 truss, retraction of the recalcitrant port P6 solar array wing, and activation of the truss electrical and cooling system. Sunita Williams rode the shuttle to the station, and remained behind with the EO-14 crew; ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter, already aboard the station, was returned to earth. Due to weather problems a landing at White Sands was considered; but in the end Discovery landed safely at Kennedy Space Center, after which it was to enter a year-long overhaul cycle.

2006 December 11 - .
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2006 December 12 - .
2006 December 12 - .
  • STS-116 MCC Status Report 07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Curbeam; Fuglesang. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-14; STS-116. Summary: The International Space Station is now two tons heavier, with the installation today of its newest truss segment during the flight’s first spacewalk.. Additional Details: here....

2006 December 13 - .
2006 December 13 - .
  • STS-116 MCC Status Report 09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Polansky; Curbeam; Fuglesang; Lopez-Alegria. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-14; STS-116. The first phase of the electrical and thermal makeover of the International Space Station was completed tonight as the outpost’s newest solar arrays began rotating to follow the sun and ammonia flowed into the station’s permanent cooling system for the first time. Additional Details: here....

2006 December 13 - . 20:31 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-116-1 - . Crew: Curbeam; Fuglesang. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.28 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Curbeam; Fuglesang. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-14; STS-116. Summary: The crew aligned and connected the P5 truss segment to P4. However problems were experienced in retraction of the P6 solar array. It could not be fully retracted, although enough was folded up to allow the P4 arrays to rotate freely when relocated..

2006 December 14 - .
  • STS-116 MCC Status Report 11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Curbeam; Fuglesang; Higginbotham; Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-14; STS-116. Summary: Two spacewalking electricians completed half of STS-116’s rewiring today, and when flight controllers threw the switch, the lights inside the International Space Station turned on again without a hitch.. Additional Details: here....

2006 December 14 - .
2006 December 15 - .
2006 December 15 - .
2006 December 15 - . 19:41 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-116-2 - . Crew: Curbeam; Fuglesang. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.21 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Curbeam; Fuglesang. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-14; STS-116. Summary: The crew reconfigured power on channels 2 and 3 of the station's electrical system. The feared partial shutdown of the ISS power systems and power-up from the new P4 solar array was conducted without a hitch..

2006 December 16 - .
  • STS-116 MCC Status Report 15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Curbeam; Fuglesang; Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-14; STS-116. During a spacewalk partially choreographed as it happened, STS-116 Astronauts Bob Curbeam and Sunita Williams finished rewiring the International Space Station and shook loose a balky solar array so their crewmates inside could retract it almost two-thirds of the way. Additional Details: here....

2006 December 16 - .
2006 December 17 - .
2006 December 17 - .
  • STS-116 MCC Status Report 17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Polansky; Oefelein; Curbeam; Patrick; Fuglesang; Higginbotham; Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-14; STS-116. Flight controllers today put the finishing touches on plans for the fourth spacewalk recently added to the mission. On board the Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station astronauts finished transferring the bulk of supplies between the two spacecraft. Additional Details: here....

2006 December 18 - .
  • STS-116 MCC Status Report 18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Oefelein; Curbeam; Fuglesang; Higginbotham; Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-14; STS-116. Summary: Discovery and International Space Station crew members will conduct their fourth spacewalk of the week today, an excursion aimed at freeing a snagged, partially retracted station solar array so it will fully fold properly.. Additional Details: here....

2006 December 18 - .
  • STS-116 MCC Status Report 19 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Oefelein; Curbeam; Fuglesang; Higginbotham; Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-14; STS-116. Summary: Space Shuttle Discovery Astronauts Bob Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang guided the port overhead solar array wing neatly inside its blanket box during a 6-hour, 38-minute spacewalk.. Additional Details: here....

2006 December 19 - .
2006 December 19 - .
2006 December 19 - . 19:00 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-116-4 - . Crew: Curbeam; Fuglesang. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.28 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Curbeam; Fuglesang. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-14; STS-116. Summary: The crew conducted an unscheduled spacewalk, and successfully managed to fully retract the P6 solar array..

2006 December 20 - .
2006 December 20 - .
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2006 December 21 - .
2006 December 22 - .
2006 December 22 - .
2006 December 22 - . 22:32 GMT - .
2009 August 29 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle.
  • STS-128 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Sturckow; Ford; Forrester; Hernandez; Fuglesang; Olivas; Stott. Payload: Discovery F36 /. Mass: 121,420 kg (267,680 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: STS-128; ISS EO-20; ISS EO-19. Spacecraft: Discovery . Duration: 13.87 days. Decay Date: 2009-09-12 00:53:00 . USAF Sat Cat: 35811 . COSPAR: 2009-045A. Apogee: 352 km (218 mi). Perigee: 310 km (190 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min. Crew: Sturckow, Ford, Forrester, Hernandez, Fuglesang, Olivas. Deliver to the ISS and install the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM); Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC); Three-crew quarters, galley, and second treadmill (TVIS2); and the Crew Health Care System 2 (CHeCS 2).

2009 September 3 - .
  • EVA STS-128-2 - . Crew: Olivas; Fuglesang. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.28 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-128; ISS EO-20; ISS EO-19. Summary: The crew exited at 22:09 and replaced an ammonia tank assembly on the P1 truss. The hatch was closed at 04:45 GMT..

2009 September 5 - .
  • EVA STS-128-3 - . Crew: Olivas; Fuglesang. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.29 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-128; ISS EO-20; ISS EO-19. Summary: The crew exited at 20:38 and deployed the S3 payload attach system. The hatch was closed at 03:34 GMT..

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