Christer Fuglesang: Astronaut and Professor
Christer Fuglesang is an astronaut and professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, while also working half time as Space Advisor for Saab, in the Strategy Group. At KTH Fuglesang is responsible for the AeroSpace Master program and he teaches a course in Human Spaceflight. Fuglesang is Director of KTH Space Center, within which he initiated a student CubeSat satellite project, MIST. Fuglesang´s own research is about particles in space: radiation on the International Space Station (ISS) since many years and lately he joined JEM-EUSO, a large international project to study ultra-high energy cosmic rays from ISS.
Fuglesang retired from ESA in March 2017. For 18 years, he was an active ESA astronaut. He trained one year at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, followed by three years in Russia where he was back-up for the EuroMir95 mission. In 1996 he moved to NASA´s Johnson Space Centre in Houston and became a Mission Specialist for the Space Shuttle. Fuglesang performed two missions with the Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station in 2006 (STS-116) and 2009 (STS-128). During these missions he performed five EVAs (space walks).
Between 2010 and 2013 Fuglesang was Head of the Science and Applications Division in ESA’s Human Spaceflight Directorate, stationed at ESTEC in the Netherlands. This was followed by four years of secondment from ESA to Sweden, working at KTH and for the Swedish National Space Board. Fuglesang’s background is in experimental particle physics. In 1987 he earned a Ph.D. from Stockholm University in this field and worked at CERN 1988-1991.
Fuglesang is chairman of the Boards for the Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology and the Göran Gustafsson Foundation for Research in Natural Sciences and Medicine. He has written a book about his first space flight and life as an astronaut (13 dygn i rymden efter 14 år på Jorden) and five children books. He is married and has three children.