4 Wing Pilot Josh Kuytryk has been named one of only two people selected by the Canadian Space Agency to become an astronaut.
Born in Fort Saskatchewan, Lieutenant Colonel Kutryk was posted at the base as an experimental test pilot, leading the unit responsible for trying new systems and software for the CF-18 out in the skies. His position had him work with a team of aerospace engineers, analysts, aircraft technicians and program managers to improve the plane’s safety and maximize its capabilities. Kutryk has also served as an instructor, teaching up and coming pilots how to fly. He has been sent abroad as well, with deployments in both Libya and Afghanistan.
Kutryk has made the cut from over 5,000 applicants in a recruitment process that was first announced eight years ago in 2009. It’s still a long journey before he goes up into space though. He’s now moving to Houston, Texas to start a two year training program at the Johnson Space Center with NASA.