The first and only Romanian cosmonaut, Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu began his career as an engineer prior to enrolling in the Romanian Air Force. He was selected for spaceflight training in 1978 as part of the Intercosmos programme. Three years later, he joined an eight-day space mission on board Soyuz 40 to the Salyut 6 Space Laboratory. Since then, Prunariu has held many high-ranking positions in the civil service including President of the Romanian Space Agency, Director of the Romanian Office for Science and Technology to the European Commission (ROST), Chairman of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), President of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), and Vice-Chairman of the International Relations Committee of ESA. Dorin is currently working for the Romanian Association for Space Technology and Industry (ROMSPACE), a private research association contracted to the Romanian Space Agency.