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KEYNOTE SPEAKER


Claude Nicollier

NASA & European Space Agency Astronaut

Washington D.C.

 

 

Claude Nicollier, Austronaut with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) & Speaker at the WORLDWEBFORUM 2016

 

  

 

 

First and only Swiss astronaut,

who spent over 1'000 hours spent in space 


(Limited availability)

UP IN THE AIR

 

First Swiss Astronaut

 

Over 1'000 hours in space

 

 

Swiss Air Force pilot since 1966, airline pilot since 1974, and test pilot since 1988

Fellowship at the European Space Agency's Space Science Department

1996-1998 as Head of the Astronaut Office Robotics Branch at NASA


Conducted 4 space flights

Logged more than 1'000 hours in space

1 space walk totaling 8 hours and 10 minutes

 

 

Video

 


Solar Impulse - Claude Nicollier

 

Interview with Claude Nicollier

 

Mérite cantonal 2011 - Claude Nicoller (in French)

 

Office Lab Interview - "Zwischen Himmel Und Erde" - "Between the sky and Earth" (in German)

 

GALLERY

 

Claude Nicollier in his NASA space suit at the Kennedy Space Center

 

Claude Nicollier in his NASA space suit at the Kennedy Space Center

 

Franklin Chang-Diaz, Jeff Hoffman, and Claude Nicollier enjoy a meal in space

 

Claude Nicollier in a shuttle

 

Claude Nicollier with his wife, Susanna

 

Claude Nicollier in a shuttle

 

Claude Nicollier

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Claude Nicollier (born September 2, 1944) is the first astronaut from Switzerland in space and has flown on several Space Shuttle missions.

He was born in Vevey, Switzerland, graduating from Gymnase de Lausanne (high school), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1962; received a bachelor of science in physics from the University of Lausanne in 1970 and a master of science degree in astrophysics from the University of Geneva in 1975. Also graduated as a Swiss Air Force pilot in 1966, an airline pilot in 1974, and a test pilot in 1988 (Empire Test Pilot’s School, Boscombe Down, United Kingdom). From 1970 to 1973, Nicollier worked as a graduate scientist with the Institute of Astronomy at Lausanne University and at the Geneva Observatory.

He then joined the Swiss Air Transport School in Zurich and was assigned as a DC-9 pilot for Swissair, concurrently participating part-time in research activities of the Geneva Observatory. At the end of 1976 he accepted a Fellowship at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Space Science Department at Noordwijk, Netherlands, where he worked as a research scientist in various airborne infrared astronomy programs. In July 1978 he was selected by ESA as a member of the first group of European astronauts.

Under agreement between ESA and NASA he joined the NASA astronaut candidates selected in May 1980 for astronaut training as a mission specialist. His technical assignments in the Astronaut Office have included flight software verification in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL), participation in the development of retrieval techniques for the Tethered Satellite System (TSS), Remote Manipulator System (RMS), and International Space Station (ISS) robotics support.

From the Spring of 1996 to the end of 1998, he was Head of the Astronaut Office Robotics Branch. From the year 2000 to date, he was assigned to the Astronaut Office EVA (Extravehicular Activity) Branch, while maintaining a position as Lead ESA astronaut in Houston.

Nicollier is a member of the Swiss Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Swiss Air Force Officers Society (AVIA), and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences and fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.

He is also an honorary member of the Swiss Aero Club, the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects, and the Swiss Astronomy Day Society.

 

Flights

He is member of the Swiss Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Swiss Air Force Officers Society (AVIA), and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences and fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. He is also an honorary member of the Swiss Aero Club, and the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects.

Nicollier holds a commission as captain in the Swiss Air Force. He has logged 5,600 hours flying time including 4,000 hours in jet aircraft. A veteran of four space flights, Nicollier has logged more than 1,000 hours in space including 1 space walk totaling 8 hours and 10 minutes. He served on STS-46 in 1992, STS-61 in 1993, STS-75 in 1996, and STS-103 in 1999.

 

Honors

NASA Distinguished Service Medal (2001), Four NASA Space Flight Medals (1992, 1993, 1996, 1999), Prix d'honneur de la Fondation Pro Aero, Switzerland (1992), Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal from the International Aeronautical Federation (1994), Silver Medal from the Académie Nationale de l'Air et de l'Espace, France (1994), Collier Trophy (awarded to the crew of STS-61) from the National Aeronautics Association (1994), Prix de l'Université de Lausanne (1994), honorary doctorates from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, and the Geneva University (both in 1994). Appointed professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, in November 1994.

 

 

"Pour l'Amour du Ciel"

 

 

Claude Nicollier, the famous Swiss astronaut, reflects on his extraordinary life and career after more than two decades in the USA. About to return to the ESA (European Space Agency) in Germany, it is time to forgoe his dream of flying in space and his American life. Much of the film is shot in Nassau Bay, the elegant residential area in Houston where Claude has lived for the past 25 years. Whilst his colleagues continue to dream of travelling in space, Claude prepares for a more earthbound life in Europe.