Patrick Baudry (March 6, 1946), Lieutenant Colonel, French Air Force, is a CNES Astronaut. In 1985, he became the second citizen of France in space, after Jean-Loup Chretien, when he flew aboard the NASA's Space Shuttle Mission STS-51-G.
Prytanee National Militaire in 1965
French Airforce Academy "École de l'Air" in 1967
Lieutenant Colonel Baudry completed flight training at Salon-de-Provence and Tours, France, receiving his wings in 1970. Served as a fighter pilot in Fighter Squadron 1/11 "Roussillon" on F100 and Jaguar, and completed numerous operational missions in several countries of Africa. He entered the "Empire Test Pilot School" at Boscombe Down, England, in 1978, and was awarded the Patuxent River Trophy at the completion of the course. He was assigned to the Flight Test Center in Bretigny-sur-Orge, France, in 1979, where he flew various test projects on fighter and attack-type aircraft which included flying the different types of Mirages, Jaguar, and Crusader.
He has logged more than 4,000 hours flying time - 3,300 in jet aircraft - and has flown over 100 different types of aircraft - F-100, F-104, F-4, A-8, T-33, Lightning, Harrier, Hunter, Canberra, Jaguar, all types of Mirages, Mystère 4, Vautour, and other aircraft.
Lieutenant Colonel Baudry holds an airline transport pilot license.
Lieutenant Colonel Baudry became a CNES astronaut in June 1980. For two years, he trained at CNES and at Star City near Moscow. He was a member of the back-up crew of the French-Soviet mission and was trained for scientific experiments in the fields of physiology, biology, materials processing in space, and astronomy. Lieutenant Colonel Baudry is a CNES expert for manned space flight activities and participates in the analysis of decisions and study of definition for the future "Hermes" space aircraft.
NASA space flight experience
Lieutenant Colonel Baudry flew as a payload specialist on STS-51-G Discovery (June 17-24, 1985). STS-51-G was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The international crew aboard Discovery deployed communications satellites for Mexico (Morelos), the Arab League (Arabsat), and the United States (AT&T Telstar). They deployed and later retrieved the SPARTAN satellite, which performed 17 hours of x-ray astronomy experiments while separated from the Space Shuttle. In completing this flight, Lieutenant Colonel Baudry traveled 2.5 million miles in 112 Earth orbits, logging over 169 hours in space.
Born in Douala (United Republic of Cameroon). Married. One child. Hobbies include mechanical sports, such as motorcycling and car racing. He also enjoys running marathons, playing squash, skiing, gun-firing, windsurfing, and sky diving. Lieutenant Colonel Baudry is also a wine connoisseur.
Association of European Astronauts; correspondent of the Air and Space Academy; and member of several wine tasters' confreries, such as "Chevaliers du Tastevin," "Jurade de St Emilion", and "Confrerie du Contemps".
Chevalier of the Legion of Honour; Chevalier of the National Merit Order; French Astronautics Medal; the Soviet Order of "Amitié des Peuples" and the Soviet Order of Gagarine.