5 September, 2016

SGAC and DLR are pleased to announce the winners of the joint DLR Standout Student Scholarship 2016. The scholarship enables two outstanding German students to attend the 15th Space Generation Congress and the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

DLR is Germany’s national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work inaeronautics, space, transportation, energy, and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany’s space agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for the forward planning and implementation of the German space programme as well as international representation of Germany’s interests.

 SGAC would like to thank DLR once again for its generous continued support of SGAC and this annual scholarship.

Congratulations to the winners and see you in Guadalajara, Mexico!

The winners are:


Manfred Ehresmann

In his early childhood, Manfred developed a love for science, especially natural science, and grew to be amazed by all things space. He earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Stuttgart in Germany, where he joined the local student group that worked on the European Student Moon Orbiter. He was a founding member and acting chairman of the Small Satellite Student Society at his university, which started out with just eight members. Manfred worked at the Institute of Space Systems on two cubesat projects, CAPE and MIRKA2. After completing his Bachelor’s, Manfred stayed at the University of Stuttgart for his Master’s in aerospace engineering. While in graduate school, he interned at Astrium GmbH, working on the development of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics fluid simulation, which was nominated by the company for the ZARM prize in microgravity science. He won second place in a student paper competition about the micro re-entry capsule MIRKA2 at the 10th annual IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation. His master’s thesis focused on a concept for a lunar mass driver. Manfred was also part of a successful sounding rocket experiment for MIRKA2-RX on REXUS 19. Earlier this year, he was re-elected as chairman of the Small Satellite Student Society, which now has more than 35 members.

“It is a great honour being awarded with this scholarship. It provides a unique opportunity to connect with professionals of the space industry and participate in the exchange of novel ideas and discussion of space projects. I am looking forward to the extraordinary experience the SGC and IAC will be.”


Marcel Kaufmann 

Marcel is currently in his final semester of a master’s program in Photonics and Computer Vision from the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, in Germany. As part of his master’s thesis and Erasmus internship, he is developing algorithms for a satellite-based monitoring system for large scale terrestrial infrastructure at Orbital Eye B.V. in Delft, The Netherlands. He first started his engineering career in the space industry by attending the International Space School in the summer of 2007 in Houston, Texas. In 2013 he was chosen among other alumni to mentor for the program, and cooperated with NASA engineers and astronauts to support the United Space School Class of 2013 as they planned a manned mission to Mars. He has held multiple roles as an engineering intern and research assistant on a wide variety of technology development projects. His more than two years of hands-on experience includes involvement in research on a new time-of-flight based 3D camera technology, characterizing its precision and accuracy for the industrial camera manufacturer, Basler AG in Ahrensburg, Germany. With a background in Earth observation, computer vision, robotics and space education, he seeks new challenges within the space industry.

“I am very excited and thankful to be awarded the DLR Standout Student Scholarship. Representing young professionals during SGC and IAC is an invaluable and thrilling chance to take on new challenges and be part of a unique and motivated community. I see it not only as an honor, but also a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to shaping the future of space exploration.”


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