List of experts of the SSDW17, updated 29th June.

  • Prof. Mark Blaschitz
  • Dr.-Ing. Stefan Belz
  • Dr. Thomas Berger
  • Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Bertrand
  • M.Sc. Francesco Cremaschi
  • Dr.-Ing. Gisela Detrell
  • M.Sc. Manfred Ehresmann
  • Dr. Fabian Eilingsfeld
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhold Ewald
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefanos Fasoulas
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine Klinkner
  • Dipl.-Ing. Katharina Köglberger, Bakk.phil.
  • Dipl.-Ing. Bartomeu Massuti-Ballester
  • Dr. Christian Michaelis
  • Dr. rer. nat. Daniel Matthie
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Ernst Messerschmid
  • Dipl.-Ing. Emil Nathanson
  • M.Sc. Moritz Nitz
  • Dr.-Ing. Bastian Olberts
  • Dipl.-Ing. Adam S. Pagan
  • Dr.-Ing. Irene Lia Schlacht
  • Dipl.-Ing. Sven Olaf Schmidt
  • M.Sc. Marius Schwinning
  • Dipl.-Ing. (FH), B.Eng (hons), CSEP Torsten Vogel
  • M.Sc. Valentino Zuccarelli
 blaschitz_01 Prof. Mark Blaschitz

Professor / Head of the chair for Housing, Basics and Design

State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture

Mark Blaschitz, born in 1965 in Graz/Austria. Co-Founder of the label SPLITTERWERK in 1988. Studies of architecture, philosophy and sociology. Diploma of architecture and urban planning at the Technical University Graz. Since 1989 teaching activities in architecture, urban planning and design. Appointment as professor at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design in 2009. Since 2010 head of the chair of housing and design and from 2012 to 2014 dean of the department of architecture.

Mark Blaschitz, Edith Hemmrich and Josef Roschitz are co-founders and owners of the Austrian based brand SPLITTERWEK. The Label for Fine Arts and Engineering has been established for more than 25 years and has achieved an international reputation over time. From the outset, SPLITTERWERK has worked with an expanded concept of art across disciplines, with projects incorporating paintings, installations, architecture, urbanistics and the new media that have paradigmatically explored the increasing interlinking of built spaces and media spaces. The studio’s projects have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennial, the Documenta in Kassel, the International Building Exhibition  Hamburg, Vienna Secession, the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz and the National Art Museum  of China in Beijing, amongst others. Awards won include the Contract World Award, Best of Europe, the Austrian State Prize, the Austrian Steel Construction Award, the Austrian Developers Award and the Geramb Rose. Nominated for the World Architecture Festival and the Iakov CHernikhov Prize. Members have taught at the universities of Graz, Stuttgart, Linz, Innsbruck, Istanbul, Hannover, Sarajevo, Weimar, Vienna and others.

 Belz_2014 Dr.-Ing. Stefan Belz

Research Associate (Life Support and Energy Systems)

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Stefan Belz is a scientific researcher at the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart, holds a PhD in aerospace engineering and is the head of the research group of Life Support & Energy Systems. Advanced life support system investigation, fuel cell integration in space systems and utilization of hydrogen as well as combination with biological systems like photobioreactors for algae cultivation are his main research areas. Numerical and experimental studies are conducted by support/funding of DLR (German Aerospace Agency), EU (Horizon 2020 Program) and Boysen Foundation. He supports and gives lectures in the field of human spaceflight and arranges a fuel cell lab training for students.

 Bertrand Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Bertrand

Head of the Resarch and Technology Management Office


Reinhold Bertrand, born in 1964, studied aerospace engineering at Stuttgart University and the „Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace“ (ENSAE, nowadays ISAE) in Toulouse/France. He graduated in 1991 („Dipl.-Ing“). After a first professional year in France, he joined the Space Systems Institute at Stuttgart University as a research engineer, where he got his doctoral degree “Dr.-Ing” on the subject of “Conceptual Design and Flight Simulation of Space Stations”. From 1997 to 2004 he conducted the space systems design and robotics activities at von Hoerner & Sulger GmbH (Schwetzingen/Germany), before he joined the European Space Agency ESA/ESOC. Today, he is heading the Research and Technology Management Office in Darmstadt, being in charge of managing all R&D activities at ESOC.Dr. Bertrand has a multi-year experience in academic, industrial and institutional sectors of space. His focus has been on design, development and simulation of complex space systems, addressing small satellites, space stations, as well as robotic systems for planetary and interplanetary exploration. He has a more than 20 year experience of academic teaching and was supporting respective lectures and workshops in an international context (ENSAE/ISAE Toulouse, International Space University Strasbourg). He is co-author of several book publications on space stations and space systems design.

Francsesco_Cremaschi M.Sc. Francesco Cremaschi

Sales Manager

Astos Solutions GmbH

Francesco Cremaschi is currently the sales manager for the Astos Solutions products. In parallel to that he is responsible for the trajectory optimization and vehicle design of launchers and re-entry vehicles. In the last 10 years he supported ESA and several commercial companies providing results, consultancies and trainings. He was directly involved in ATV, SHEFEX 2, FAST20XX and Ariane 6. He received his M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineer at the “Politecnico di Milano” (Italy); after a short period at NGL (Next Generation Launchers) in Turin he joined Astos Solutions in Stuttgart. He is responsible for the yearly workshop in Trajectory optimization at the University of Stuttgart and he is supporting several German student projects (e.g. STERN and MARS18).

 detrell Dr.-Ing. Gisela Detrell

Postdoc (Life Support and Energy Systems)

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Graduated at Aerospace Engineering at the University Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in 2009, and finished a PhD on Reliability analysis of Life Support Systems for long duration missions, at the Institute of Space Systems (University of Stuttgart) and Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeries Industrial i Aeronàutica de Terrassa (Technical University of Catalonia) in 2015. Research associate in the Life Support and Energy Systems department of the Institute of Space Systems – University of Stuttgart. In charge of the simulation tool Environment for Life Support system Simulation and Analysis (ELISSA), and working in several projects related to the use of Algae for space applications. Took part in SSDW 2009 (participant), 2010, 2015, 2016 (staff) and currently 2017 as chief organizer.

 EhresmannHeadshot  M. Sc. Manfred Ehresmann

Research Associate / Ph.D Candidate

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Manfred Ehresmann is a Ph. D candidate at the IRS. As research assistant he is involved in electric propulsion and atmospheric entry studies. As system engineer responsible for the overall design and development of the micro re-entry capsule 2 (MIRKA2), he secured 2nd place in the Student Paper competition of th 10th IAA Symposium Berlin. He graduated from the University of Stuttgart in 2016. Currently, he is working on the development of a generic spacecraft design tool and supervises the development of student experiment PAPELL, which will be conducted on the ISS in 2018. Mr. Ehresmann is an honorary member of the Small Satellite Student Society of the University of Stuttgart (MIRKA2-RX, ROACH).

 Eilingsfeld_klein Dr. Fabian Eilingsfeld

Aerospace Engineer/Country Manager

PRICE Systems Limited

Fabian Eilingsfeld is country manager of PRICE Systems in Germany. PRICE Systems, a former subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, is providing solutions to government and industry for estimating cost and managing risk in aerospace projects. He holds a PhD in aerospace engineering from the TU Berlin and an MBA in space business from the International Space University. His PhD research looked into alternative strategy processes for planning government space activities; a later research assignment had him work on space programme benefit assessment for the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna. From 1990 to 1999, he worked for Siemens in Berlin and Munich in various positions, from production engineering to management consulting. In 1999, Fabian became managing partner of a consulting start-up spun off from Kepner‐Tregoe, Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey; he established the Rocket Finance division and was responsible for evaluating space‐related commercial ventures. In 2005, he joined PRICE Systems; notable projects there include cost estimates for ESA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Architecture as well as Ariane 6. He co-authored 2 books and published over 30 technical papers and articles, mainly on space technology matters. He has been involved in parametric cost estimating since 1988 and is an expert for space tourism and cost reduction in space transportation. Since 2002, he has been a guest lecturer at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.

 ewald_jpg Prof. Dr. Reinhold Ewald

ESA Astronaut and Professor for Astronautics and Space Stations

European Space Agency (ESA) & University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Dr. Ewald graduated from Cologne University with a PhD in Radioastronomy and a minor degree in Human Physiology. He became an astronaut for Germany’s DLR in 1990, training for the German-Russian spaceflight mission to Space Station MIR in 1992 and 1997. In 1997, he flew to the MIR station in Soyuz TM spacecraft. He spent 20 days in space, executing a programme of scientific and technological research. Joining ESA’s Astronaut Corps in 1999, he supported the flights of ESA astronauts to ISS in various responsibilities as Crew Ops and Mission Opreations Manager. He directed the ESA Columbus Control Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, from 2004 to 2011. Currently he supports ESA’s scientific ISS programme such as during the Blue Dot mission in 2014. He regularly teaches Human Spaceflight Operations at ISU, and at universities in Aachen and Stuttgart.

In September 2015, Dr. Ewald took up the position as professor for Astronautics and Space Stations at the Institute of Space Systems as successor of Prof. Messerschmid. In this role, Dr. Ewald leads the Space Station Design Workshop 2016.

 fasoulas Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefanos Fasoulas

Managing Director, Professor for Space Transportation Technologies

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Having finalized his studies of Aerospace Engineering, Stefanos Fasoulas worked from 1990 to 1999 as research assistant at the Institute of Space Systems, University of Stuttgart, where he obtained his PhD. He followed a call to the chair of Space Systems/Space Utilization at the TU Dresden in November 1999 and became there in 2006 the managing director of the Institute of Aerospace Engineering. In July 2010, he changed to the University of Stuttgart again, to the professorship of Space Transportation Technologies at the Institute of Space Systems, and became in February 2014 also the managing director of the Institute of Space Systems.

 klinkner Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine Klinkner

Professor for Satellite Technologies

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Sabine Klinkner received her diploma in engineering of aerospace technologies at the University of Stuttgart in 2002. Since then she was working at the SME space company von Hoerner & Sulger GmbH (vH&S). Here she was focussing on the development of robotic space systems for various operational and environmental conditions. These systems covered a range from a 3 kg Microrover for the Mercury surface up to a 150 kg rover chassis for the ExoMars mission. In addition to the design aspects, the challenge of these developments was the major impact of environmental extremes, such as surfaces with harsh regolith, high mechanical loads, limited resources and thermal cycling between temperature extremes in combination with vacuum.

Besides the rover systems, she was involved in the mechanical and thermal design of different flight hardware developments, such as camera systems for Earth observation, and she coordinated several projects concerning the design of scientific space instruments. From 2004-2009, in parallel to her work at vH&S, she was scientific staff at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) of the University of Stuttgart and worked on her Ph.D.. She designed the small robotic system “Nanokhod” for the demanding environmental conditions of the Mercury surface: This multi-disciplinary task was driven by environmental extremes and particularly limited in resources, which required a highly integrated system approach.

Since January 2015 Mrs. Klinkner has the chair of satellite technology at the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart. Here she is taking care of the small satellite programme, and prepares the launch of the first satellite “Flying Laptop”.

 Portrait_Katharina_Koeglberger Dipl.-Ing. Katharina Köglberger, Bakk.phil.

Assistant professor at the chair for Housing, Basics and Design

State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture

Katharina Köglberger, born in 1985 in Linz (Austria), studied architecture and romance philology at the Graz University of Technolgy and University of Graz. During her education, she stayed one year in Peru and one in France (at the ENSA Paris-Belleville). She graduated in 2012 summa cum laude (“Dipl.-Ing“).

Since 2007 she is working at different projects with the Label for Fine Arts and Engineering SPLITTERWERK. With this team, she won the award “IBA Hamburg – Smart Material Houses” for the project „Smart Treefrog“.

From 2010 to 2012 she was student assistant at the Institute of Housing at Graz University of Technolgy. Since 2012 she is assistant professor at the chair for Housing, Basics and Design at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. Part of the teaching contents are “living in space” and “minimal living spaces”. At the academy, she is also part of the research team of the “Reallabor Spacesharing”.

Furthermore, Katharina Köglberger is co-author of a book about the autoiconography of Las Vegas, organized and participated in various exhibitions and international workshops and is doing her PhD.

IMG_20160219_132156 Dipl.-Ing. Bartomeu Massuti-Ballester

Research Associate

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Bartomeu Massuti-Ballester received his Aerospace Engineering degree at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain, in 2012 and is currently a PhD student at the Institute of Space Systems of the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in the field of Aerothermochemistry of high-temperature materials for atmospheric entry. He is a researcher in the Plasma Wind Tunnels and Electric Space Propulsion group since 2012 and has participated in different ESA Technical Research Programs and EU 7th Framework Program in the field of re-entry.

messerschmid.small Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Ernst Messerschmid

Professor em.

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Ernst Messerschmid, Professor emeritus and previously Director (1986-1999) and Deputy Director (2005-2011) of the Space Systems Institute at Universitaet Stuttgart, received a PhD in physics at Freiburg University, Germany. From 1978 to 1983 he worked as a researcher for the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR), Institute of Communications Technology, Oberpfaffenhofen, in the area of space-borne communications and navigation systems. He became a Science Astronaut at DLR in Cologne in 1983 and flew from 30 Oct. to 6 Nov.1985 on the US Space Shuttle Challenger the German Spacelab Mission D1, flight STS-61A, where he conducted experiments in fluid physics, material science, biology, medicine and navigation. From 1986 until present he researched at the Universitaet Stuttgart in the areas on space transportation systems, re-entry technology, electric propulsion, microgravity experiments and technology, space stations and platforms. He is teaching on space systems engineering, in particular space stations architectures. In the time frame 1994 to 1999 he served his University as Deputy Dean, Dean, Vice-President, and CEO of Research and Technology Transfer. From 2000 to 2004 he was Head of the European Astronaut Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Cologne (on leave from Universitaet Stuttgart).

Memberships and Distinctions: Dutch Royal Academy of Science (1985), NASA Space Flight Medal (1985) and NASA Flight Achievement Award (1986), German Cross of Merit 1st Class (1985), Medal of Merit of Federal State Baden-Wuertemberg (1986), Golden Hermann Oberth Medal (1986), Corresponding Member (1986) German Aerospace Society DGLR, Member International Academy of Astronautics IAA (1989), Member Association of Space Explorers (ASE; since 1986 and Executive Committee 1989 – 1992), Reinhard-Furrer-Award (DARA 1997), Member German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (2003), Member German Technical Academy of Sciences acatech (2009), France: Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2001), Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace, (2009), Honory Doctor of Engineering Sciences of Technical University Dresden

He co-authored the books “Space Stations – Systems and Utilization” (Springer), and “From Space to Earth” (Schiffer). He owned 10 patents and wrote ca. 170 journal papers and authored 10 books.

 nathanson_emil_foto  Dipl.-Ing. Emil Nathanson

Research Associate (Life Support and Energy Systems)

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Emil Nathanson studied aerospace engineering and graduated from the University of Stuttgart in 2012. Since then, he is doing his PhD as a member of the Life Support & Energy Systems research group at the Institute of Space Systems. The development of a specialized fuel cell system, its integration into an advanced life support system and the combination with a biological photobioreactor for algae cultivation are his main research areas.

Another key activity is the conceptual design of manned space systems. He participated in the 2010 SSDW and the 2013 Caltech Space Challenge, conceptualized life support systems for exploration missions to cis-lunar space and to near Earth asteroids, and was the chief organizer of the 2015 SSDW.

 nitz_01 M.Sc. Moritz Nitz

Research Associate (Robotic Systems)

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Moritz Nitz studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart and finished his master with the title of his thesis „Development of the microrover Nanokhod drive unit for a lunar lander mission“ in 2016. Between 2012 and 2014 he worked at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Braunschweig on the design and development of robotic deployment mechanisms and applications for a solar sail technology demonstration mission. Since his graduation he is working on his PhD at the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart, where he is investigating a redesign of mechanisms and subsystems of the microrover Nanokhod for a lunar surface mission. Besides further investigations into the development and design of functional robotic rover chassis systems he is contributing in building up the research field of space robotics at the Institute of Space Systems in which context he is lecturing and supervising theoretical and practical courses in the scientific application of exploration rover system technologies.
Bastian_Olberts Dr.-Ing. Bastian Olbert

Project Engineer for Space Applications

Sensitec GmbH

Bastian Olberts graduated in aerospace engineering from the University of Stuttgart in 2009 including stays abroad at the University of Toronto and the University of Glasgow. He is also a graduate of the Space Studies Program 2010. From 2010 to 2013, he worked as a research associate in the field of mission and system analysis in the Astronautics and Space Stations group at the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart. His tasks covered conceptual studies, the development of software tools as well as the support of lectures and the supervision of student theses. In 2014 he left the institute and started working as a project engineer at Sensitec GmbH where he is responsible for system development and project management of sensor solutions for space applications. In the same year he completed his doctoral thesis on aerobraking system design for exploration vehicles. Beside his continuing activities as a lecture since 2010 his interests also involve public relation activities reaching from software design to presentations.

Bild_PaganAS Dipl.-Ing. Adam S. Pagan

Research Associate

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Adam S. Pagan is a researcher and PhD student at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) of the University of Stuttgart, Germany, since April 2014, after having received his Dipl.-Ing. in Aerospace Engineering from the same University in January 2014. As a member of the Aerothermodynamics group led by PD Dr.-Ing. Georg Herdrich, his primary field of research encompasses the experimental characterisation of ablative thermal protection systems and the experimental investigation of the demise of aerospace materials and structures under atmospheric entry conditions. He has further conducted mission and system analyses for various re-entry scenarios. Most recently, he has been and continues to be involved in the ESA Technology Research Program Characterisation of Demisable Materials, the ESA CleanSat activity Arcjet Raising and Deorbit Module, the Helmholtz-Association-funded project Return Trajectories for High-Energy Trajectories in the context of the DLR@Uni initiative, as well as in the educational Cubesat Atmospheric Probe for Education (CAPE) nanosatellite program.

 Irene_2017_copy_bruno-stubenrauch Dr. Irene Lia Schlacht


Dr.-Ing. Irene Lia Schlacht (PhD) is a researcher in Human Factors and Design for future innovations in extreme environments. She is coordinating the research group. She has taken part as a crew member and principal experiment investigator in Moon and Mars mission simulations and ESA weightlessness missions. She is a member of the IAASS Technical Committee for Human Factors & Performance for Safety, a Human Factors specialist for Mars Planet, the German Aerospace Center, and the International Lunar Exploration Working Group at ESA.

Her publications are available on

(Picture © Bruno Stubenrauch 2017)

sven-olaf-schmidt-foto_256x256 Dipl.-Ing. Sven Olaf Schmidt

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

DLR Stuttgart

Sven O. Schmidt received his diploma in engineering of aerospace technologies at the University of Stuttgart in 1999. During his studies he was designing the mechanical antenna structure for the GTS experiment which is still in orbit on the ISS. In the context of the diploma thesis he worked on the subject of rocket engine nozzle gas flow for launcher engines. Between 2000 and 2010 he was working for Airbus Helicopters in the flight test and later avionics development department in Donauwörth, before changing to the DLR Stuttgart in 2011 for working on airborne fuel cell systems. Since 2016 he is performing scientific research and system design for a new high-performance satellite battery system which is under development at the DLR in Stuttgart.

Beside his work at the DLR Stuttgart he is running his own company which is focusing on aircraft development and certification and consulting for functional safety in the automotive area.

M.Sc. Marius Schwinning

Research Associate

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Marius Schwinning studied aerospace engineering and graduated from the University of Stuttgart in 2015. Since then, he is doing his PhD as a member of the astronautics and space stations research group at the Institute of Space Systems. His main research area is mission analysis and conceptual design of future manned space stations and planetary platforms, focussing mainly on lunar exploration architecture.

Within his research activities, he participated in the SSDW 2015 and has been the chief organizer of the SSDW since 2016. Furthermore, he works on the integration of the AeroSpace Trajectory Optimization Software (ASTOS) in the curriculum of the University of Stuttgart within a Mission-Analysis-seminar and the generation of Astos tutorials.

 TorstenVogel Dipl.-Ing. (FH), B.Eng (hons), CSEP Torsten Vogel

Project Manager

Airbus Defence & Space Bremen

Torsten Vogel has a background in Avionics Engineering with degrees in Computer sciences and Electrical / Electronics Engineering. Since 2012 he is also a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).

Since 2001 Torsten has been working for Airbus Defence and Space, starting as avionics systems engineer for an autonomous landing demonstrator and microgravity payloads for human spaceflight. One main aspect of his work was the acceleration of payload development by challenging existing processes and manufacturing methods.

Currently Torsten is working on the architecture of a possible European contribution to NASA’s future Deep Space Gateway. In parallel he is driving the studies on orbital manufacturing within Airbus DS and leads a project on additive manufacturing technologies to be utilised in human spaceflight.

 Valentino_Zuccarelli M.Sc. Valentino Zuccarelli

Project Manager

Astos Solutions GmbH

Valentino Zuccarelli is an aerospace engineer. He studied at the Technical University of Delft (the Netherlands). After an internship in ESTEC at the European Space Agency, where he developed a tool for the identification and propagation of trajectories around Lagrangian points, he started to work as a software developer and mission analysis engineer for Astos Solutions. In the last years he has worked as project manager of several ESA projects about asteroid trajectory propagation and impact assessment, gravity modeling and link budget analysis. He has been responsible for the development of many mission analysis modules of the ASTOS software including launch safety, link budget, navigation and coverage analyses and rocket motor performance assessment. He successfully completed the GENIUS professional training programme organized by the European GNSS Agency (GSA).