Thomas Reiter speaks at the 8th Meeting of the Munich Aerospace Board of Trustees

Thomas Reiter speaks at the 8th Meeting of the Munich Aerospace Board of Trustees

16 October 2018 - ESA coordinator and former astronaut Thomas Reiter speaks at the eighth Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Munich Aerospace and gives fascinating insight into the International Space Station. In addition to reports from the managing bodies, a presentation of the UniBw Mentoring Programme and a farewell ceremony for graduates from the Scholarship Programme, around 60 invited guests caught up on the association's activities during the last year. The reappointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees hosted the event at the UniCasino of the University of the German Armed Forces in Neubiberg.

New brochure on Scholarship Programme

Munich Aerospace has released a new information booklet on industry-funded PhD scholarships. Funding doctoral degree scholarship provides companies access to the Munich Aerospace Research Network and enables them to secure young talent and select practice-oriented dissertation projects.

Von links nach rechts: Dr. Thomas Reiter, Prof. Merith NIehuss, Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Prof. Mirko Hornung, Prof. Wolfgang Koschel, Prof. Klaus Drechsler, Hans Steininger, Pamela Koch

From left to right: Dr Thomas Reiter, Professor Merith NIehuss, Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund, Professor Mirko Hornung, Professor Wolfgang Koschel, Professor Klaus Drechsler, Hans Steininger, Pamela Koch

Global Aerospace Campus

The international teaching project Global Aerospace Campus further takes shape: The first Munich Aerospace online study course on the topic of "Digitisation in Aeronautics and Space" is currently being developed.

The course is aimed at scientists and employees in the aerospace sector located in one of the seven partner regions Bavaria, Québec, São Paulo, Georgia, Shandong, Western Cape and Upper Austria.

Overview of events

In April 2018, the first Munich Aerospace Summit took place at Ludwig Bölkow Campus. 80 invited guests heard contributions from speakers such as Airbus Defence and Space CEO Dirk Hoke, SpaceX Vice President Torsten Pilz, TUM President Professor Wolfgang Hermann und Munich Aerospace Executive Klaus Drechsler. The event concluded with the festive conferring of the Munich Aerospace Award donated by maexpartners in the amount of 10,000 euros. The event series "Global Aerospace Summit" was initiated by Munich Aerospace and in 2018 was held for the first time in Montreal. Munich Aerospace participated with a scientific delegation and contributions by Professor Mirko Hornung und Professor Horst Baier.

Besides the Summer School with presentations by the Munich Aerospace Research Groups, a Partner Event at Bauhaus Luftfahrt and trade fair appearances at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit and the ILA Berlin, Munich Aerospace welcomed a delegation from the Canadian Armed Forces School of Aerospace Studies.

Prof. Günter Hein berichtet für den Vorstand

Chairman Hans Steininger moderates the event Professor Günter Hein delivers the report of the Executive Board

Modified Key Topics and new Research Groups

In recent months the Munich Aerospace Key Topics were reviewed and edited with support by the Scientific Advisory Board, resulting in the addition of the new area U rban Air Mobility and the cross-cutting topic Digitisation . Two new Research Groups were established within the Munich Aerospace Research Network:

  • Research Group "Fusion of Remote Sensing and Social Media Data" headed by Professor Xiaoxiang Zhu (DLR) within the Key Topic Earth Observation
  • Research Group "Urban Air Mobility: Modelling, Simulation and Concepts of Urban Air Mobility Transport Systems" headed by Dr Kay Plötner (BHL) within the Key Topic Urban Air Mobility

Farewell ceremony for graduates

This year, Munich Aerospace again bids farewell to graduates from the Scholarship Programme. After short presentations by the alumni, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Hans Steininger, presented Marco Vietze, Christoph Schinwald and Andreas Hinze each with a certificate and a confirmation of participation in the Munich Aerospace Graduate School.

Kuratoriumsvorsitzender Hans Steininger (2. von rechts) mit den Absolventen des Munich Aerospace-Stipendienprogramms Marco Vietze, Christoph Schinwald und Andreas Hinze (von links nach rechts)

Hans Steininger (2nd from right) with Munich Aerospace Scholarship Graduates Marco Vietze, Christoph Schinwald and Andreas Hinze (from left to right)

Introducing the UniBw Mentoring Programme

Pamela Koch presented the Mentoring Programme of the Civilian Equal Opportunities Office at the University of the German Armed Forces. Executives and leaders are encouraged to act as mentors for female doctoral students or postdoctoral researchers.

Lecture by Thomas Reiter

A top-class lecture from within the ranks of the Board of Trustees rounded off the event: The former astronaut, ESA coordinator and member of the Munich Aerospace Board of Trustees Dr Thomas Reiter talked about "The International Space Station ISS – Steppingstone for exploration and 'New Space Economy'".

Dr. Thomas Reiter trägt abschließend zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS vor

Dr Thomas Reiter gives a lecture on the ISS

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