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Vittori
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Vittori, Roberto (1964-) Italian test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on ISS EP-3, ISS EP-8, STS-134. Italian Air Force.

Educated Italian AFA; Patuxent.


ESA Official Biography

NAME: Roberto Vittori

BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Viterbo, Italy, 15 October 1964.

EDUCATION: Vittori graduated from the Italian Airforce Academy in 1989. Between 1989 and 1990 he completed his basic training with the U.S. Air Force at Reese A.F.B., TX, USA. On 15 December 1995 he graduated from the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, and was recognized with the "Honor Student Award" for class 108. Between 1996 and 1997 he attended the Accident Prevention course (Guidonia A.F.B., Italy) and Accident Investigation course (Kirtland A.F.B., NM, USA).

FAMILY: Married, two children.

RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Jogging, playing soccer, reading.

EXPERIENCE: With the Italian Air Force, he acquired from 1991 to 1994 an operational background flying Tornado GR1, qualified for day/night air-to-air refueling as well as formation leader.

In 1995, he was employed in the Euro Fighter 2000 programme, as project pilot for the Test Centre of the Italian Air Force and in 1996, he worked in the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) Project for the development of a new missile to be used with the EF2000.

In parallel he was teaching aerodynamics in the Italian Air Force's Accident Investigation course.

Vittori has logged 1500 flying hours on over 40 different types of aircrafts. His flying experience also includes gliders and helicopters.

Selected by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), in cooperation with ESA, Roberto Vittori joined the European Astronaut Corps and entered the Mission Specialist Class at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA, in August 1998.

Roberto Vittori is one of a number of astronauts from European national space programmes who were being integrated into ESA's single European astronaut corps. ESA astronauts would be involved in the assembly and on-board operations of the International Space Station, a multinational programme that was to place a permanently inhabited facility in Earth orbit.

MILITARY BACKGROUND Active duty, major in Italian Air Force.

Birth Place: Viterbo.
Status: Active.


Born: 1964.10.15.
Spaceflights: 3 .
Total time in space: 35.52 days.

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  • NASA Group 17 - 1998 Requirement: pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights. Nickname: The Penguins. Originally called the Dodos by the Sardines, after an extinct flightless bird; they renamed themselves after a flightless bird that eats fish... More...

Associated Flights
  • ISS EP-2 Crew: Afanasyev, Andre-Deshays, Kozeyev. French cosmonaut. Mission to swap Soyuz lifeboats docked to station. Backup crew: Zalyotin, Kyzhelnaya. More...
  • ISS EP-3 Crew: Gidzenko, Shuttleworth, Vittori. First South African astronaut. Mission to swap Soyuz lifeboats docked to station. Backup crew: Padalka, Kononenko O D. More...
  • ISS EP-8 Crew: Vittori. Italian ESA astronaut. Mission to swap Soyuz lifeboats docked to station. Backup crew: Thirsk. More...
  • STS-134 Last ISS assembly mission and last flight of shuttle Endeavour. Crew: Kelly, Mark; Johnson, Gregory; Fincke; Chamitoff; Feustel; Vittori. More...

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  • 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...

Vittori Chronology


1985 July 19 - .
  • NASA Astronaut Training Group 17 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson, Clayton; Archambault; Caldwell; Chamitoff; Creamer; Ferguson; Foreman; Fossum; Ham; Hilliard; Johnson, Gregory C; Johnson, Gregory H; Love; Melvin; Morgan; Nespoli; Oefelein; Olivas; Patrick; Poindexter; Pontes; Reisman; Swanson; Vittori. The group was selected to provide pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights.. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.

    Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. Of 25 Americans, eight pilots and 17 mission specialists.


2002 April 18 - .
2002 April 19 - .
2002 April 19 - .
2002 April 20 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 02-19 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bursch; Gidzenko; Onufrienko; Shuttleworth; Vittori; Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-4; STS-110. Summary: The resident crew aboard the International Space Station took a short ride in their Russian Soyuz capsule this morning, relocating the rescue craft from one docking port to another to clear the way for the arrival of a fresh return vehicle in one week.. Additional Details: here....

2002 April 25 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 02-20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bursch; Gidzenko; Onufrienko; Shuttleworth; Vittori; Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-4; ISS EP-3. Summary: A Soyuz rocket blasted off today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying a multinational "taxi" crew to the International Space Station to deliver a fresh return vehicle to the orbital outpost.. Additional Details: here....

2002 April 25 - . 06:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 11A511U.
  • Soyuz TM-34 - . Call Sign: Uran. Crew: Gidzenko; Vittori; Shuttleworth. Payload: Soyuz TM 11F732 s/n 208. Mass: 6,750 kg (14,880 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Gidzenko; Vittori; Shuttleworth. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Korolev. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: ISS EP-3. Spacecraft: Soyuz TM. Duration: 198.73 days. Decay Date: 2002-11-10 . USAF Sat Cat: 27416 . COSPAR: 2002-020A. Apogee: 397 km (246 mi). Perigee: 387 km (240 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.40 min. Launch delayed from April 10, 22 and 17. Soyuz TM-34 was launched on ISS Mission 4S with Commander Yuri Gidzenko of Rosaviakosmos, Flight Engineer is Roberto Vittori of ESA, and Tourist Mark Shuttleworth, a South African citizen. At 1210 UTC Soyuz TM-34 was in a 242 x 269 km x 51.6 deg orbit. The flight was also referred to as ISS Mission 4S, the EP-3 visiting crew flight, and even as 'Soyuz 4' by NASA. Soyuz TM-34 docked with the nadir port on the Zarya module at 0755 UTC on April 27. The 4S flight docked at the Zarya nadir port on April 27. and the crew would return to Earth in the old TM-33 vehicle, leaving TM-34 as the active ISS rescue vehicle.

2002 April 27 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 02-21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bursch; Gidzenko; Onufrienko; Shuttleworth; Vittori; Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-4; ISS EP-3. Summary: A multinational "taxi" crew arrived at the International Space Station today, delivering a new Soyuz return vehicle at the start of eight days of joint activities with the residents on board the complex.. Additional Details: here....

2002 May 4 - .
2002 May 5 - .
  • Landing of Soyuz TM-33 - . Return Crew: Gidzenko; Vittori; Shuttleworth. Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Gidzenko; Vittori; Shuttleworth. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EP-3. On May 5, 2002, after a week aboard the station, the visting Soyuz TM-34 crew of Gidzenko, Vittori and Shuttleworth moved to the old Soyuz TM-33, docked at the Pirs port. They undocked at 0031:08 UTC on May 5, leaving the EO-4 crew of Onufrienko, Walz and Bursch with the new Soyuz TM-34 as their rescue vehicle. Soyuz TM-33 made its deorbit burn at 0257 UTC and landed successfully at 0352 UTC 25 km SE of Arkalyk.

2004 October 14 - . 03:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz FG. LV Configuration: Soyuz-FG Zh15000-012.
  • Soyuz TMA-5 - . Call Sign: Tien Shan. Crew: Chiao; Sharipov; Shargin. Return Crew: Chiao; Sharipov; Vittori. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 215. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Chiao; Sharipov; Shargin; Vittori. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: ISS EO-10. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 192.79 days. Decay Date: 2005-04-25 . USAF Sat Cat: 28444 . COSPAR: 2004-040A. Apogee: 359 km (223 mi). Perigee: 353 km (219 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.70 min. Soyuz TMA-5 docked with the Pirs module on October 16 at 0416 GMT. Aboard the spacecraft were the EO-10 crew of Sharipov and Chiao, and guest cosmonaut Shargin. After a week at the station, the EO-9 crew of Padalka and Fincke, together with Shargin, entered Soyuz TMA-4 at 18:14 GMT on October 23 and returned to earth. Chiao and Sharipov continued as the ISS skeleton station crew.

2005 February 4 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #05-6 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Chiao; Sharipov; Krikalyov; Phillips; Vittori. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-10; ISS EO-11; ISS EP-8; STS-114. Summary: The Expedition 10 crew turned its attention to the Space Shuttle's return to flight this week, spending several days pre-packing International Space Station items destined for return to Earth aboard Discovery.. Additional Details: here....

2005 April 1 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #05-17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Chiao; Sharipov; Krikalyov; Phillips; Vittori. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-10; ISS EO-11; ISS EP-8; STS-114. Summary: Following their second spacewalk and nearing the end of a six-month flight, Expedition 10 crew members conducted science experiments, prepared for the arrival of their replacements and readied the Station for the first post-Columbia Shuttle mission.. Additional Details: here....

2005 April 8 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #05-18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Chiao; Sharipov; Krikalyov; Phillips; Vittori. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-10; ISS EO-11; ISS EP-8. Summary: The current International Space Station crew began packing for home this week while the next Station crew completed a final review of plans before heading to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, to prepare for launch.. Additional Details: here....

2005 April 14 - .
2005 April 15 - . 00:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz FG. LV Configuration: Soyuz-FG Zh15000-014 / ISS-10S.
  • Soyuz TMA-6 - . Call Sign: Basalt. Crew: Krikalyov; Phillips; Vittori. Return Crew: Krikalyov; Phillips; Olsen. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 216. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Vittori; Krikalyov; Phillips; Olsen. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: ISS EO-11; ISS EP-8; ISS EO-10. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 179.02 days. Decay Date: 2005-10-11 . USAF Sat Cat: 28640 . COSPAR: 2005-013A. Apogee: 360 km (220 mi). Perigee: 350 km (210 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.60 min. The Soyuz TMA-6 docked with International Space Station's Pirs module at 02:20 GMT on April 17. Commander of the long-duration EO-11 crew was Russian cosmonaut Sergey Krikalyov. Flight engineer and science officer was American astronaut John Phillips. Italian Roberto Vittori accompanied the EO-10 crew aboard Soyuz TMA-6 to the station on the European Space Agency EP-8 Eneide mission.

2005 April 16 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #05-20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Chiao; Sharipov; Krikalyov; Phillips; Vittori. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-10; ISS EO-11; ISS EP-8; STS-114. Summary: New residents arrived at the International Space Station tonight to begin a six-month mission and to prepare for the arrival of the first Space Shuttle crew to visit the complex since November 2002.. Additional Details: here....

2005 April 22 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #05-21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Chiao; Sharipov; Krikalyov; Phillips; Vittori. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-10; ISS EO-11; ISS EP-8; STS-114. Summary: Aboard the International Space Station this week, one crew counted down its final days in space, headed toward a return to Earth on Sunday, while another crew began a six-month journey in orbit.. Additional Details: here....

2005 April 24 - .
  • Landing of Soyuz TMA-5 - . Return Crew: Chiao; Sharipov; Vittori. Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Chiao; Sharipov; Vittori. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-10; ISS EO-11; ISS EP-8. The EO-10 crew, having handed over the ISS to EO-11, boarded Soyuz TMA-5 together with EP-8 astronaut Vittori. They undocked from the ISS Zarya module at 18:45 GMT, made retrofire on schedule at 21:17, and landed on muddy ground at 51 deg 03" N / 67 deg 18" E at 22:07

2005 April 24 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #05-22 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Chiao; Sharipov; Krikalyov; Phillips; Vittori. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-10; ISS EO-11; ISS EP-8. After traveling more than 78 million miles aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 10 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov returned to Earth today. With them was European Space Agency Astronaut Roberto Vittori, who had spent eight days aboard the orbiting complex doing research. Additional Details: here....

2005 April 29 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #05-23 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Chiao; Sharipov; Krikalyov; Phillips; Vittori. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-10; ISS EO-11; ISS EP-8; STS-114. Summary: The new crew members of the International Space Station completed their first full work week today as they conducted routine maintenance, continued to settle in and practiced photography to be used when the Space Shuttle returns to flight.. Additional Details: here....

2011 May 16 - . 12:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Shuttle s/n OV105 / ET s/n ET-122 / RSRM-113.
  • STS-134 - . Call Sign: Endeavour. Crew: Kelly, Mark; Johnson, Gregory H; Fincke; Chamitoff; Feustel; Vittori. Payload: Endeavour F25 / ELC-3 / AMS-02. Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-134; ISS EO-27. Spacecraft: Endeavour. Duration: 15.74 days. Decay Date: 2011-06-01 . COSPAR: 2011-020A. Apogee: 345 km (214 mi). Perigee: 337 km (209 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min. Final space station assembly mission. Also delivered spare parts. Endeavour docked with the Station at 10:14 GMT on 18 May. The ELC-3 carrier was unberthed from the shuttle at 13:27 GMT and installed on the Station's truss at 16:09 GMT. The AMS-02 Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer was unberthed at 06:59 GMT on 19 May and bolted to the Station's S3 truss at 09:46 GMT. Cargo Bay Manifest:
    • External Airlock/ODS: 1800 kg
    • EMU spacesuits 3004, 3018: 260
    • RMS arm 201: 410 kg
    • Orbiter Boom Sensor System: 382 kg
    • Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (particle detector to search for antimatter): 6917
    • STORRM (lidar to test rendezvous and docking technology for the Orion spacecraft): 17 kg
    • PPSU-2 electronics box: 17 kg
    • SPDU: 17 kg kg
    • ROEU 755 umbilical for ELC-3: 90 kg
    • ROEU 751 umbilical for AMS-02: 78 kg
    • MISSE carriers (3): 171 kg
    • MISSE 8 experiment (studies the effect of exposing various materials to space): 45 kg
    • Express Logistics Carrier:
      • ELC-3 plus support hardware: 3207 kg
      • Cargo Transport Container: 476 kg
      • SASA-2R S-band antenna: 116 kg
      • SASA-3R S-band antenna: 116 kg
      • SPDM Arm 3/OCTM: 342 kg
      • SPDM support hardware: 269 kg
      • HPGA oxygen tank: 552 kg
      • ATA-2 ammonia tank: 772 kg
      • STP-H3 experiment package (set of US DoD Space Test Program experiments, including thermal control systems and space environment sensors): 500 kg
    • Total Payload: 16,554 kg

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