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Space Station Design Workshop 2017: the Next Steps in Crewed Spaceflight

From July 23rd-29th, two international and intercultural teams of talented students and young professionals will design the next space station.
June 29, 2017; Julia Dancer (

Within the next 12 years, the International Space Station (ISS) will have reached the end of its lifespan. It's high time to start thinking about a successor. But what expectations are there for the next crewed space station? Where should the station be located? How large should the platform be, and how many astronauts should live and work on board? What should the purpose of the station be? To answer these questions, the Space Station Design Workshop (SSDW) 2017 will take place at the University of Stuttgart's Institute of Space Systems (IRS)  from July 23rd-29th.



Image: Participants SSDW 2016

In the frame of the SSDW, 40 participants from 5 continents will be split into two teams to design the next space station in one week, with support and guidance from experts coming from universities and from the space industry. Through the interdisciplinary problem definition included in such a project, participants come from all disciplines (including aerospace technology, economics, architecture, and many more).

The SSDW, whose goal is the design of a crewed space station, was founded by astronaut and professor Ernst Messerschmid in 1996. With more than 20 years of history, the SSDW also brings a large number of experts and alumni to Vaihingen, where they discuss their experiences and support the participants. Since 2016, the workshop has been led by Professor Reinhold Ewald.

After a week of teamwork, the two SSDW groups will report on their designs in their final presentations. A jury of experts from universities and from the space industry will judge the designs.

On Saturday, July 29th, starting at 11 A.M., visitors can hear the teams' results and the experts' opinions in the Space Center Baden-Württemberg (Pfaffenwaldring 29, 70569 Stuttgart-Vaihingen).

You can find information about the workshop here: .

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Reinhold Ewald
Dr. Gisela Detrell (, 0711-685-69611)
Marius Schwinning (, 0711-685-65861)