Hobbies: black belt in judo, basketball, jogging, swimming, mountain biking, kite surfing, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving and sky diving. His other interests include travelling, playing the saxophone and reading.
Thomas received a master’s degree in space systems and space vehicle mechanics in 2001. He graduated from the Air France flight school in 2006.
Between 2002 and 2004, Thomas worked at the French space agency as a research engineer. He was then selected for Air France's flight training programme and went on to become a commercial pilot. He has logged more than 2000 hours flying time on various commercial airliners.
Thomas was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009.
Last update: 11 November 2010