Dr. Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin was born in Montclair, New Jersey on January 20, 1930. Buzz grew up in New Jersey and after graduating one year early from Montclair High School he was educated at the US Military Academy at West Point, graduating third in his class with a BS in mechanical engineering. He then joined the Air Force where he flew F86 Sabre Jets in 66 combat missions in Korea, shot down two MIG-15's, and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. After a tour of duty in Germany flying F100's, he went on to earn his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT and wrote his thesis on Manned Orbital Rendezvous.
Selected by NASA in 1963 into the third group of astronauts, Aldrin was the first with a doctorate and became known as "Dr. Rendezvous." The docking and rendezvous techniques he devised for spacecraft in Earth and lunar orbit became critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs, and are still used today. He also pioneered underwater training techniques, as a substitute for zero gravity flights, to simulate spacewalking. In 1966 on the Gemini 12 orbital mission, Buzz performed the world's first successful spacewalk, overcoming prior difficulties experienced by Americans and Russians during extra-vehicular activity (EVA), and setting a new EVA record of 5 ½ hours. On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. They spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned with 46 pounds of moon rocks. An estimated 600 million people – at that time, the world's largest television audience in history - witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavor. To learn more on Buzz Aldrin click here for a more elaborate biography.
Peter Hartman MBA, ING
Mr. Peter Hartman, born April 3, 1949, is currently the vice-chairman of Air France KLM. After graduating from the Amsterdam Institute of Technology (HTS) (mechanical engineering) and the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (business economics), he started his career at the Royal Dutch KLM as an EVP Ground Services. Over the years, he made a career from there to the board of KLM, as a President and Chief Executive Officer of KLM. In between, he held positions as and EVP Engineering and Maintenance and as Managing Director and COO of KLM, among other jobs. Besides his elaborate career at KLM and later Air France KLM, mr. Hartman has been on several supervisory boards, including that of Texel Airport, Fokker Technologies Group BV and Air France KLM SA, among others. Mr. Hartman is also a member of various boards and advisory councils, making his extensive knowledge of commercial aviation available to The Delft University Fund Advisory Board, the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe and the Dutch-French Cooperation Board, for instance. In addition, he is also Chairman of Connekt.
General (ret.) Dick L. Berlijn
General (ret.) Dick L. Berlijn retired from the Dutch Armed Forces in 2008. Following his operational time as an F-16 fighter pilot, Commander of the Tactical Air Force (1998) and Commander of the Air Force (2000), in 2005 he became the first Commander of the Dutch Armed Forces. As such he was the highest Dutch ranking officer, commanding Navy, Army and Air Force and acting as the main advisor to the Defense minister. During his time as Chief of Defense, the Dutch Armed Forces were actively engaged in operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and in several countries on the African continent. In addition to being responsible for the operations of the Dutch military abroad, he was responsible for reorganizations of the Armed Forces during that period. He is currently active within Deloitte’s Consulting practice, where he is involved in advisory engagements, usually focusing on Public Security and Safety, Cyber security, strategy, international cooperation, risk management and leadership issues. He also sits on the Supervisory Board of Thales Nederland, is a member of the International Advisory Board of Royal Ten Cate and several other boards that are involved in activities for the common good.
Chairman of the Board. Flown over 4,000 hours in different types of military aircrafts, with almost 1,000 hours in the F-16. He was part of the Royal Netherlands Air Force from 1962 to 2000, when he retired as Commander in Chief. He has been involved as a Chairman of the Netherlands Agency for Aerospace Programmes, Dean and Professor of the Aerospace Faculty of the Technical University in Delft and ESA Advisory Board Member. Currently, Ben Droste is Chairman of the Fokker – van den Berch van Heemstede Aerospace Foundation and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Netherlands Defense Academy.
Eric M. Krul
Mr. Eric Krul has previously been Managing Director of a division of the Hollandse Beton Groep and Managing Director of a division of Ballast Nedam, as well as the CEO of the Janssen de Jong Groep and member of the Board of Curacao Airport Partners.
His recent activities include membership of the Supervisory Board of Janssen de Jong Groep and Hoefnagels Groep.
Laurens Meyer is the director and owner of Laurens Meyer Beheer BV, a company actively involved in the catering industry and real estate. His specialties include developing and building, or taking over to lease out. In addition to the catering industry, entrepreneurship in itself is a challenge. That is why he is always on the lookout for further development and expansion. He is also a shareholder of Go Fast (energy drink) and Club Judge. He has entered new markets in several countries, for instance Turkey, Romania, Ukraine and China, introducing, for example, the still relatively young company Saker Sportscars, which arose from his great passion: racing. Saker Sportscars develops racecars, has the components built in its China based factory and assembles these cars in the Netherlands. He also has his own race team: Jadbalja.
Jan Mol, retired businessman and programmer, is the co-founder of Volmac. During his 20+ years with Volmac, he made it into the largest Dutch software company. He is an informal investor in many young business ventures and sponsors and invests in contrasting sports like chess and F1. He is a supporter of contemporary art and charity for children.
Drs. Benno B. Hoogendoorn
Mr. Hoogendoorn studied at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and graduated with a degree in business economics, specializing in information technology. He started his career at General Electric Information Services. From 1999 to 2004, Benno Hoogendoorn served as Worldwide Co-President and Chief Executive Officer of Mars Incorporated. Moreover, Mr. Hoogendoorn held the position of General Manager-Austria, Managing Director-Continental Europe and President Europe-Snackfoods, and ended up as a Joint Chairman with Mars Incorporated. In addition to these jobs, mr. Hoogendoorn served as Chairman and Member of the Supervisory Board ... of TomTom NV from May 13, 2005 to September 29, 2005 and as a Member of the Supervisory Board of Vilenzo International NV, since April 24, 2002. He served as a Member of the Supervisory Board of Koninklijke Ahold NV from May 18, 2005 to September 2005.
SXC has developed a tailor-made medical procedure for the Lynx space flight participants, in close cooperation with highly experienced flight surgeons. These are professional doctors who have exceptional experience in the field of aviation and space medicine. They have designed a unique process for commercial space travellers, which was published in the Dutch Scientific Magazine of Medicine. SXC is the first to adopt this process.
SXC’s medical screening process has been carefully designed in order to avoid any health risks for our candidate astronauts, while at the same time providing the life-changing experience to as many people as possible. The medical screening is executed by the astronaut’s family doctor, according to the instructions provided by SXC. This means that the tests are conducted as close to home as possible, in the trusted environment of the astronaut’s own general practitioner’s office.