Status: Inactive; Active 1998-2016.. Born: 1964-10-15. Spaceflights: 3 . Total time in space: 35.52 days. Birth Place: Viterbo.
Educated Italian AFA; Patuxent.
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.
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.
Atlantis' astronauts tested out their ship's systems today and packed their gear, aiming for an early afternoon landing at the Kennedy Space Center Friday to wrap up a 4 ½ million mile mission to deliver a huge backbone truss structure to the International Space Station. Additional Details: here....
After traveling more than 4½ million miles on a successful International Space Station assembly mission that saw four spacewalks during installation of the first segment of the station's main truss, Atlantis is scheduled to land at the Kennedy Space Center today. Additional Details: here....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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
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: