Astronaut candidate's profile

The candidates participating in the astronaut selection process all have unique journeys and outstanding qualities and skills. You can read their remarkable profiles here.

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Francis James Frenzel

Frenzel, Francis James

Lieu de naissance
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Lieu de résidence
Petersburg, Ontario, Canada


  • Bachelor's, physics & English language and literature – Western University
  • Master's, aerospace engineering – University of Toronto

Photo of the astronaut candidate during the aptitude tests. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

Quel est votre emploi actuel?

Pilot-in-training, Royal Canadian Air Force - In between training I am posted to Canadian Forces Base Trenton, where I work in operations. I help coordinate the flights of Canada's largest squadron.

Pourquoi voulez-vous devenir astronaute?

It is inherently human to want to explore and discover the unknown. As powerful as these experiences can be while bound to Earth, it is a profound and beautiful pursuit to push human capabilities into such an exotic and unforgiving environment as space. It truly is "the final frontier." I love this country and take pride in serving the nation; what better way to do so than by inspiring the next generation of dreamers?