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Prof. Fasoulas

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Prof. Klinkner

Annegret Möller

Prof. Krabbe

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Amelia Earhart-Preis an zwei Mitarbeiterinnen des IRS verliehen

5. Juni 2015; Heidi-Maria Götz (

M.Sc. Valerie Schröder und Dipl.-Ing. Constanze Syring, Doktorandinnen am Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme an der Universität Stuttgart, sind am 18.03.2016 mit dem Amelia Earhart-Preis ausgezeichnet worden.

Der Preis ist nach der US-amerikanischen Flugpionierin und ausgebildeten Pilotin Amelia Earhart benannt und wird jährlich weltweit an 35 Wissenschaftlerinnen der Luft- und Raumfahrt verliehen.

The Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships were established in 1938 in honor of Amelia Earhart, famed pilot and member of the Zonta Clubs of Boston and New York. The Fellowships are awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering.

Valerie Schröder
Aerospace Engineering (Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart)

Ms. Schroeder’s goal is to set up a mission-maneuvering strategy that permits spacecraft to orbit around asteroids of various sizes, densities and trajectories. Asteroids and comets are very interesting targets for space science. Our knowledge about their shape, composition and physical properties is still limited. So far there have been only a few missions to asteroids or comets, but they have become more of a focus of interest in the last few decades. Missions to such objects are still a big challenge because of the lack of information available. There is the need for a maneuvering strategy that is flexible and able to adapt quickly and autonomously to unexpected environmental situations. Even the optimal strategy for a certain mission depends often on information you cannot determine from Earth. Ms. Schroder is working on a method to let the spacecraft act autonomously, finding the optimum strategy for orbit operations while approaching the target. Ms. Schroeder is a founding member of the Yuri’s Night Deutschland society that organizes events to inform people about space flight. She plays the harp and guitar and likes sports.

Constanze Syring

Aerospace Engineering, Electric Propulsion (Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart)

Ms. Syring’s Ph.D. thesis combines electric propulsion with a potential fusion propulsion device. The Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC) technology was originally invented as a fusion device, but will be investigated as a non-fusion electric propulsion device. This work may permit development of a future thruster device, enabling operation in a fusion and non-fusion regime. In her thesis, Ms. Syring will study not only the IEC but also the diagnostic methods used for the study. She is working to assess the uncertainties that occur with electrostatic probe measurements that apply to all electric propulsion devices and will form the basis for standardizing measurement techniques used by the European Space Agency. Ms Syring is a cyber mentor to online female pupils seeking guidance on courses of study. She also enjoys sailing and travel abroad.

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