Frank is a former Belgian air force test pilot, and the first-ever European commander of the ISS. He now heads the European Astronaut Centre. Frank flew a 9-day mission to the ISS in 2002 and a six month mission to the ISS in 2009. During his long-duration mission he was the main operator of the Japanese robotic arm to dock Japan’s HTV cargo ship. Frank is from Ghent in Belgium and is married with three children.