Joshua Kutryk


Joshua Kutryk (born March 21, 1982) is a Canadian astronaut, engineer, and pilot. He was selected by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) one of the two members of the 2017 CSA Group alongside Jenni Sidey.[1][2][3]

Joshua Kutryk
Josh Kutryk official portrait.jpg
Born (1982-03-21) March 21, 1982 (age 41)
Alma materRoyal Military College of Canada (BSc, MSc)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (MSc)
Air University (MSc)
Space career
CSA Astronaut
Selection2017 CSA Group

Early life and educationEdit

Joshua Kutryk was born on March 21, 1982, in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. His family emigrated to Canada from Ukraine in 1910.[4]

He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

He subsequently completed a master's degree in space studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2009, a master's degree in flight test engineering at the Air University in 2012, and a master's degree in defence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada in 2014.[5]


Prior to joining the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Kutryk was an experimental test pilot and a fighter pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in Cold Lake, Alberta, where he was the head of the unit in charge of flight-testing fighter aircraft. He earned the rank of lieutenant-colonel. Kutryk was most notably responsible for the testing of new aircraft technologies on the CF-18 plane. Kutryk had served in Libya and Afghanistan during his time in CAF.

In 2012, he received the Liethen-Title Award for the top test pilot graduate from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. This award was also conferred to his fellow astronaut Chris Hadfield in 1988.[5]

CSA selection and astronaut careerEdit

Kutryk was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to undergo training as an astronaut as part of the 2017 CSA Group, the fourth Canadian astronaut recruitment campaign. Kutryk and Dr. Jenni Sidey were selected among a large field of qualified candidates.

Kutryk had previously applied to become an astronaut in the 2009 CSA selection, where astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen were selected. Kutryk was shortlisted to undergo a yearlong testing program and ultimately found himself in the top 16 finalists of some 5,350 candidates. His perseverance in successfully applying again in 2017 is highlighted on the CSA website.[5]

As of July 2017, Kutryk has relocated to Houston, Texas, to start the two-year NASA Astronaut Candidate Training Program at the Johnson Space Center. He is a member of the 2017 NASA astronaut class.

In September 2019 Kutryk participated, as a Cavenauts,[6][7] in the training ESA CAVES[8] organized by the European Space Agency between Italy and Slovenia.


  1. ^ "Meet Jennifer Sidey and Joshua Kutryk, Canada's newest astronauts". The Globe and Mail.
  2. ^ "Exploring Space or the Ocean: Astronaut Joshua Kutryk takes position".
  3. ^ "Jennifer Sidey and Josh Kutryk: Canada's two newest astronauts revealed".
  4. ^ "UCC Congratulates Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Kutryk on his selection as a Canadian Astronaut". Ukrainian Canadian Congress website.
  5. ^ a b c "Biography of Joshua Kutryk". Canadian Space Agency website.
  6. ^ "Meet the cavenauts – Joshua Kutryk – Caves & pangaea blog". Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  7. ^ "Science beneath the surface – Caves & pangaea blog". Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  8. ^ Sauro, Francesco; De Waele, Jo; Payler, Samuel J.; Vattano, Marco; Sauro, Francesco Maria; Turchi, Leonardo; Bessone, Loredana (2021-07-01). "Speleology as an analogue to space exploration: The ESA CAVES training programme". Acta Astronautica. 184: 150–166. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2021.04.003. ISSN 0094-5765. S2CID 234819922.

External linksEdit

  • CSA profile
  • Biography on
  • CSA Biography on YouTube
  • Instagram Profile
  • Twitter Profile
  • CSA Video Gallery
  • CSA Photo Gallery