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Jean-Pierre Haignere Status: Active. Trained as: Cosmonaut. Profession: Engineer. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Two. Birth Date: 19 May 1948. Birth City: Paris. Birth Country: France. Nationality: French. Group: 1990 Commercial Group. Date Selected: 09 September 1985. Departed: 1994. Number of Flights: 2. Total Time: 209.51 days. Number of EVAs: 1. Total EVA Time: 6.32 hours.


ESA Official Biography

Jean-Pierre Haigneré

BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Paris, France, 19 May 1948.

EDUCATION: Graduated as an engineer from the French Air Force Academy at Salon de Provence in 1971. Qualified as a fighter pilot at Tours in 1973. In 1981, graduated from the Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) at Boscombe Down, England, where he won the "Hawker Hunter" and "Patuxent shield" awards. Studied astrophysics at the University of Orsay, France, from 1986 to 1987.

FAMILY: Separated, three children.

RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Flying all types of aircraft (sea floats, WW2 fighter planes, helicopters), golf, funboard, playing saxophone and reading.

ORGANISATIONS: Jean-Pierre Haigneré is "corresponding member" of the Académie de l'Air et de l'Espace and Chairman of the space committee at the Aéroclub de France.

EXPERIENCE: From 1973 until 1980, Jean-Pierre Haigneré was a fighter pilot, then Squadron Leader on Mirage 5 and Mirage IIIE aircraft. He was posted to the Bretigny-sur-Orge Flight Test Centre in 1981 as the project test pilot for the Mirage 2000N aircraft and was appointed Chief Test Pilot in 1983.

He has logged 5,500 hours flying on 105 different types of aircraft, including 1,800 hours of test flight time. He holds a commission as Colonel in the French Air Force. He also holds current test pilot and air transport professional licences, Airbus A300 and A320 qualifications, helicopter private licence, mountain and seaplane rating.

Jean-Pierre Haigneré was selected as an astronaut by the French National Space Agency (CNES) in September 1985. From 1986 to 1989, he headed the Manned Flight Division of the Hermes and Manned Flight Directorate, and took part in preliminary studies for the Hermes spaceplane. He also developed and fine-tuned the Zero G Caravelle programme (parabolic flights), subsequently becoming technical and operational officer-in-charge.

From December 1990, Jean-Pierre Haigneré underwent training at Star City, near Moscow, as a back-up crew member for the French-Russian Antares spaceflight. He was selected as prime crew for the Altaïr mission in 1992, undergoing seven month training for a 21-day mission on board the Mir space station which successfully took place from 1 to 22 July, 1993.

In 1995 and 1996, he was involved at the Kaliningrad Russian Space Control Centre in the operational aspects of the ESA Euromir 95 and French Cassiopée manned spaceflights. He then returned to France where he was in charge, as test pilot, of flight assessment of the new Airbus Zero-G aircraft.In 1995 and 1996, he was involved at the Kaliningrad Russian Space Control Centre in the operational aspects of the ESA Euromir 95 and French Cassiopée manned spaceflights. He then returned to France where he was in charge, as test pilot, of flight assessment of the new Airbus Zero-G aircraft.

From 1997 to February 1998, Jean-Pierre Haigneré trained at Star City as a back-up crew member for the 6th French-Russian Pegasus spaceflight.

SPECIAL HONOURS: Jean-Pierre Haigneré is an "Officier de la Légion d'Honneur" and "Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite". He holds the Russian "Order of Friendship" and the Russian "Medal for Personal Courage", awarded by President Yeltsin. He was awarded the "Grand Prix de l'Académie de Lutèce" in 1994.

CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: In June 1998, Jean-Pierre Haigneré joined ESA's single European astronaut corps, whose homebase is ESA's European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. He flew the French-Russian Perseus mission, on board Mir, from February to August 1999.

September 1999


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