Thomas Reiter has a background in military aviation, holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Technology and a honorary doctorate from the German Armed Forces University in Neubiberg/Munich.
He performed two space flights: from September 1995 till February 1996 to the Russian spacestation Mir, and from July till December 2006 to the international Spacestation ISS. During his 350 days in space he performed 3 spacewalks.
In 2007 he got appointed as member of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) Executive Board, responsible for Space Research and Technology. In April 2011 he was assigned as Director at ESA, responsible for ESA’s human spaceflight activities, the Space Situational Awareness Programme and the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. Since 1st of April he is coordinating with ESA’s international partners the ISS programme and it’s evolution.