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Philippe Perrin Status: Active. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Mission Specialist. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: One. Birth Date: 06 January 1963. Birth City: Meknes. Birth Country: Morocco. Nationality: French. Group: 1996 NASA Group. Date Selected: 01 July 1990.


NASA Official Biography

NAME: Philippe Perrin (Lieutenant Colonel, French Air Force)
CNES Astronaut (Mission Specialist Candidate)

Born January 6, 1963, in Meknes, Morocco. Considers Avignon, Provence, to be his hometown. Married to Cecile Bosc. They have one child. He enjoys scuba diving, skiing, sailing, hiking, travel, the history of sciences. His parents, Jean and Monique Perrin reside in the south of France. Her parents, Rene and Helene Bosc, reside in Provence, France.

Entered the French "Ecole Polytechnique (Paris)" in 1982. Graduated as "Ingénieur Polytechnicien" (engineering degree) in 1985. Received his Test Pilot Licence in 1993 from the Ecole du Personnel Navigant d'Essais et de Réception (EPNER), the French Test Pilot School at Istres Air Force Base. Received his Air Line Pilot Certificate in 1995.

Awarded his pilot's wings "first of his class" in 1996. Recipient of two French Air Force awards for Flight Safety in 1989, the French Overseas Medal (Gulf War in 1991), and two French National Defense Medals.

Prior to graduating from the Ecole Polytechnique, Perrin completed military duty in the French Navy, where he was trained in ship piloting and navigation, and spent 6 months at sea in the Indian Ocean. Following Ecole Polytechnique, he entered the French Air Force in 1985, was awarded his pilot's wings in 1986, and assigned to the 33rd Reconnaissance Wing at Strasbourg Air Force Base (1987-1991). He flew the Mirage F1 CR and made detachments in Africa and Saudi Arabia. Upon graduating from EPNER, the French Test Pilot School, he worked on a variety of test programs while assigned to the Bretigny Test Center. In 1992, he was temporarily detached to the French Space Agency (CNES) and sent to Star City, Russia, where he trained for two months In 1993, he reported to the 2nd Air Defense Wing of Dijon Air Force Base as Senior Operations Officer (Operation Southern Watch). In 1995, he returned to the Bretigny Test Center, as Chief Pilot Deputy, in charge of the development of the Mirage 2000-5. In July 1996, CNES announced his selection as an Astronaut and assigned him to attend NASA's Astronaut Candidate Training in Houston, Texas.

Perrin has flown 26 combat missions and has logged over 2,500 flying hours in over 30 types (from jet fighters to Airbus).

Perrin reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996 to begin two years of training and evaluation. Successful completion of this initial training will qualify him for various technical assignments leading to selection as a mission specialist on a Space Shuttle flight crew.


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