The Chair of Space Technology at the Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (ILR) began its teaching and research activities on 1 March 1963 when Prof. Eugen Sängers (†1964) took up his post. It is the first German chair of aerospace.
The aim of the department is to train system engineers for space flight and to prepare them for today's market requirements.
The design, practical realisation and operation of small satellite missions with students are the focus of teaching and research. This began with the TUBSAT series under Prof. Udo Renner. The TUBSATs are continued by the BEESATs, TUBiX10 and TUBiX20 satellites.
In the field of robotics, a dedicated rover line for planetary exploration has been established in recent years. These are largely being further developed within the framework of student projects.
Further research is taking place in the field of sounding rockets and space experiments. For example, work is being done on a two-stage sounding rocket. Other student projects are being carried out as part of the TUPEX series.
Since February 2021, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Enrico Stoll holds the Chair of Space Technology at TU Berlin.
Enrico Stoll holds a diploma degree (2004) in aerospace engineering from the Technical University of Dresden after studies at MAI, Moscow and UNSW, Sydney. He finished his PhD at the Institute of Astronautics at TU Munich in 2008. Thereafter, he was a postdoctoral research fellow of MIT's Space Systems Laboratory. Subsequently, he joined RapidEye/ Blackbridge as a systems engineer for their remote sensing satellite constellation. During that time he was also a guest lecturer at FU Berlin and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Hagen. He was the head of the Institute of Space Systems at TU Braunschweig from 2014 to 2021 and focussing on space debris, satellite technology, and lunar exploration.
From 01.09.2003 to 30.09.2020, the Chair of Space Technology has been led by Professor Dr.-Ing. Klaus Brieß.
Since joining the Technische Universität Berlin as professor of space technology, he has dealt extensively with nano and pico satellite technologies and their various uses for the communication and remote sensing of the Earth, Moon and planets. Professor Brieß has special expertise in the area of satellite engineering with a focus on the miniaturisation of space technologies for use in micro, nano and pico satellites as well as space sensors.
Professor Brieß previously worked in aerospace on different instrumentations and missions for the remote sensing
of the earth, moon, planets, comets and asteroids. Since 1994, his research and development activities has focussed on small satellite missions. As an employee of the German Aerospace Centre from 1996 to 2003, Professor Brieß led the first satellite mission (BIRD) to success.
Under his guidance from 2003 to 2020, 15 satellites were developed, integrated, tested and successfully commissioned in orbit together with students at the TU Berlin.
The Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is located on the central campus in Berlin-Charlottenburg.
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