Biographies of the ESA Reserve Astronauts



Czech Republic

Czech Republic
Ales Svoboda

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Birthdate:  ??.??.1986
Birthplace:  Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
Marital status:  
Selection date:  23.11.2022
Position:  MSP
Status:  active

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Aleš earned a bachelor’s (in 2008) and a master’s (in 2011) degree from the University of Defence in Brno, Czech Republic, where his studies focused on military technology. In 2010, he completed a master's degree in the field of transport engineering from the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic.
In 2013, Aleš enrolled with the Air University of the United States Air Force in Alabama, USA, where he graduated from the International and Squadron Officer Schools.
In 2011 Aleš started his doctorate with the Faculty of Military Technology at the University of Defence in Brno, where his research was in aircraft and rocket technology. He earned his Ph.D. in 2017 with the topic of his thesis being “The effect of unsteady flow on aerodynamic characteristics of an airfoil”.
Aleš started basic training as a recruit with the Czech Armed Forces in 2005. He then became a pilot with the Czech Air Force in Pardubice and Námešt nad Oslavou, Czech Republic, in 2008. He also completed parachute and survival training.
During his doctorate, Aleš completed an internship at the headquarters of the Czech Air Force in Prague and started working as a senior pilot with the Czech Air Force. He furthermore received specialised pilot training with the F7 Swedish Air Force wing in Såtenäs, Sweden, in 2016.
Between 2016 and 2019, Aleš served as a senior pilot securing NATO airspace with the 211th Tactical Squadron in Cáslav, Czech Republic, and was deployed within NATO’s Air Policing presence at Ämari Air Base, Estonia.
He was promoted to a lead senior pilot at the 211th Tactical Squadron in Cáslav and worked as such from 2019 to 2021, where he served as a NATO air defence Quick Reaction Alert commander and electronic warfare officer. During this time, he earned several medals for his service.
From 2021, Aleš worked as a senior weapons and tactics officer with the 211th Tactical Squadron.
Aleš holds a commercial pilot and a glider pilot license and has logged over 1500 flight hours.
His favourite sports include ice-hockey, orienteering and badminton. He also enjoys scuba diving, is a passionate aviator and maintains his flying.
For the first time, ESA has established a reserve pool of astronauts. This reserve list is composed of astronaut candidates who were successful throughout the entire selection process but cannot be recruited at this point in time. Astronauts in the reserve remain with their current employers and will receive a consultancy contract and basic support. They will start basic training in case a flight opportunity has been identified.
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