Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme

Space Station Design Workshop

The seven-day study in Stuttgart at the Institute of Space Systems about manned space systems and missions!

SSDW 2019 (c)
SSDW 2019

21st - 27th July 2019, full day


Institute of Space Systems, University of Stuttgart, Germany


40 students and young professionals from all disciplines and all nationalities!

  • Design a manned space system and mission in a hands-on workshop environment
  • Join a team of international and interdisciplinary students and young professionals
  • Experience systems engineering, project management, and team organization
  • Use advanced conceptual design methodology and customized software tools
What do you need?
  • English language skills
  • Interest in human spaceflight
  • Ability to work and communicate in an international, multidisciplinary team
How much?
  • The workshop itself is free of charge and accomodation will be provided
  • Partial travel refund is provided

Mission Scenario

Stay tuned for this years challenge! It will be announced with the beginning of the SSDW 2019.


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.

Research Associate (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 Esola 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 Took part in SSDW 2009 (participant) and 2010 (staff).

Research Associate / Ph.D Candidate

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems

Manfred Ehresmann is a 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).

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.

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 since 2016.

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.

Operations Engineer for Columbus

Airbus Defence and Space

2000 - 2005: University of Stuttgart- Aerospace Technologies
2006 - 2007: Airbus DS - Design Office for Ariane 5 Upper Stage
2007 - 2010: Airbus DS - COLUMBUS Configuration Manager for Ground/Flight SW/HW
2010 - 2012: Airbus DS - COLUMBUS Onboard Procedure Book Captain for ECLSS/TCS
2012 - 2014: Airbus DS - COLUMBUS Onboard Procedure Process Manager
2014 - present: Airbus DS - COLUMBUS Engineering Support Team - ESA certified console position
2017 - present: Airbus DS - COLUMBUS Engineering Support Team - ESA certified console position
2018 - present: Airbus DS –Deep Space Gateway – Habitation Engineering

Research Associate / Ph.D Candidate

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.

Research Associate / Ph.D Candidate

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.

Mission Analyst

European Space Agency (ESA)

Florian Renk is a Mission Analyst working at the European Space Oprations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. His main focus is on libration point missions towards the Sun-Earth as well as the Earth-Moon libration points and in addition he is also supporting the mission analysis for future exploration missions towards the Moon and beyond. In recent years he worked on the Herschel, Planck and Gaia trajectory analysis and future libration point missions and studies include Lisa Pathfinder, Euclid, Plato, also holds a PhD in aerospace engineering. The topic of his thesis was: ”Mission Analysis for Exploration Missions Utilizing Near-Earth Libration Points”. Besides his dedication for all kind of libration point missions his research interest include space system engineering, space exploration mission design and human spaceflight.

Research Associate / Ph.D Candidate

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.

Past SSDW Workshops


Starting 1996 student workshops with international participation were held at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, externer Link "Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Aéronautique et de l'Espace" (Supaero) in Toulouse, France, at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France, at the externer Link University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia, as well as on our home campus, at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) of the University of Stuttgart.

These workshops have the primary objectives of giving the participating students the opportunity

  • to learn and practice systems engineering and design on a space related subject,
  • to directly apply the knowledge acquired during the space station lectures and related lecture series, and
  • to participate in an international and multidisciplinary team-based design project.

As a consequence, the participants should not only be knowledgeable about space stations and human space exploration in general, but they are also expected to fully commit themselves to their tasks during the workshops, in order to play a valuable role in their respective design teams. Another important factor for the success of an integrated SSDW design team is that all members are open-minded towards other cultures and personalities. Social competence becomes as important as a good knowledge of technical issues.

For an overview over past SSDW workshops and results, see this file.

If you have any questions, please contact us!

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