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Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, The Firtst Romanian Cosmonaut, President of the Romanian Space Agency

Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu
The First Romanian Cosmonaut
Air Fleet Gen.Cosmonaut
President of the Romanian Space Agency

Born: September 27, 1952, Brasov

Married to Crina Prunariu, born on January 6, 1953 in Singeorgiu de Padure, Mures County, graduated from the Aerospace Engineering Faculty, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, now a career diplomat

Two sons:

  • Catalin, born on December 28, 1975 in Tirgu Mures, Mures County, graduate from "Dimitrie Cantemir" National College in 1994 and BA in Financial Management in 2000. Has a Web & Software Development Company, also offering IT consultancy services. In 1997 obtained his sport pilot license and in 2003 his commercial pilot licence. Today is the commander of the "Aurel Vlaicu" Airclub in Bucharest
  • Daniel, born December 15, 1977 in Tirgu Mures, Mures County. Folowed, from 1997-2001, university courses (British studies) at Budapest ELTE University; since 2001 - a student at Spiru Haret University in Bucharest, Faculty of International Relations and European Studies


  • 1971 - graduated from the Physics and Mathematics High School in Brasov
  • 1976 - graduated from the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, obtaining a degree in Aerospace Engineering
  • 1977 - March-September - Military Service at the Air Force Reserve Officers School
  • 1978, March 13 - become an active Air Force Officer, with the rank of senior leitenant
  • 1981 - graduated the course for cosmonauts (three years), Star City, Russia
  • 1991 - graduated from the International Aviation Management Training Institute (IAMTI/IIFGA), Montreal, Canada
  • 1999 - graduated from the National Defense College, Bucharest
  • PhD in the field of space flight dynamics


  • 1976-1977 - Diplomatic Engineer at IAR, Ghimbav, Conty of Brasov, an aircraft industry facility
  • 1977 - Enrolled in the Romanian Air Force Officers Training School, Bacau
  • since 1978 - active officer at the Ministry of National Defense
  • 1978-1981 - Selected for space flight training on March 1, 1978 as a part of the Intercosmos Program. Obtaining the maximum marks during three years of preparation, he was selected for a joint space flight with Cosmonaut Leonid Popov 
  • 1981 - became the first Romanian in space when he flew aboard Soyuz 40 and space laboratory "Saliut 6" since 14 to 22 May, 1981. The crew spent 7 days, 20 hours, 41 minutes and 52 seconds in space aboard the Salyut 6 space station, completing scientific experiments in the fields of astrophysics, space radiation, space technologies, space medicine and biology.
  • 1981-1989 - chief inspector for airspace activities in the Romanian Air Force and instructor at the Polytechnic University in the Aerospace Engineering Department, where he taught the theory of space flight
  • January 1990-1991 - Undersecretary of State and chief of the Romanian Civil Aviation Department, Ministry of Transportation 
  • 1991-1998 - chief inspector for aerospace activities, General Staff of the Aviation and Air Defense
  • 1992-1995 - secretary of the Romanian Space Agency
  • since 1993 - permanent representative  of the Association of the Outer Space Explorers at the UN Committee on the Peaceful Exploration of the Outer Space 
  • 1995-1998 - Member of the Council of Administration of the Romanian Space Agency
  • since 1995 - vicepresident of the EURISC Foundation - the European Institute for Risk Management, Security and Communicatioin
  • 1995-2001 - Member of the Executive Committee  of the Association of Outer Space Explorers (2 mandates)
  • 1996-1999 = President of the Committee of International Policies and relations, Association of Outer Space Explorers 
  • since 1998 - President of the Romanian Space Agency
  • 2003 - elected, by the consensus of 65 states, as president of the Scientific and Technic Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Exploration of the Outer Space, for the period 2004-2005
  • since 2003 - major general of aviation


  • since 1981 - member of the Romanian Aeronautic Federation
  • since 1981 - member of the Commission on Astronautics of the Romanian Academy
  • since 1982 - member of the International Aeronautic Federation
  • Since 1984 - member of  "Hermann Oberth-Wernher von Braun" Rocket Society, Germany
  • 1985 - founding member of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), Paris, currently with a membership of 270 astronauts from 27 countries
  • 1992 - corresponding member of the International Astronautical Academy
  • since 1992 - representing the Government of Romania to the UN COPUOS sessions.
  • 1994 - member of the Romanian National COSPAR Committee
  • since 2002 - Honorary Member of the Romanian-American Academy for Sciences and Arts

Prizes and Awards

  • 1981 - Supreme Title of Hero of S.R.Romania
  • 1981 - Order "Golden Star as a Hero of the Soviet Union for the brave accomplishment of the first Soviet-Romanian space flight"
  • 1984 - "Hermann Oberth Gold Medal" by the German Rocket Society "Hermann Oberth - Wernher von Braun"
  • 2000 - Grand Officer of the Order "Steaua Romāniei" (Star of Romania) at the rank of High Officer

Publishing Activity

  • author and co-author of several books regarding space technology and space flight
  • presented and published numerous scientific papers

Foreign Languages

  • Fluent in English, Russian and French


  • Office: Dr. eng. astronaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, President of the Romanian Space Agency, 21-25, Mendeleev St., 010362 Bucharest, Phone: +40-21-212.8722, Fax: +40-21-312.8804, E-mail: dumitru.prunariu@rosa.ro
  • Private: Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, 12, Sf.Spiridon St., Apt.4, Sector 2, 020982 Bucharest, Phone: +40-722-383.300, fax: +40-21-312.8804, E-mail: dorin@prunariu.net

Cosmonaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu Foundation

The main objective of the Foundation is to organize, develop and promote activities related to outer space.


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