3 September, 2017

SGAC and DLR are pleased to announce the winners of the joint DLR Standout Student Scholarship 2017. The scholarship enables two outstanding German students to attend the 16th Space Generation Congress and the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

DLR is Germany’s national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, 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 Adelaide, Australia!
The Winners are:

Daniel Wischert

Daniel studies Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, Germany focusing on ‘Space Flight Technology and Space Utilization’ and ‘Propulsion and Energy Systems’.

His strong passion towards prospective space research and exploration activities arose in 2013 when he participated in the Inspiration Mars Student Design Competition designing a two-person Mars flyby mission for 2018. He gained professional experience during an internship at Airbus Defence & Space in Munich, Germany where he worked on the structural and thermal design of the Sentinel-5 satellite, which is to be launched in 2021 as part of ESA’s Copernicus Earth Observation Program.

In 2015 Daniel studied abroad at the University of Oklahoma, USA. Among courses on the design of missions, infrastructures or vehicles he also took the chance to follow other personal interests on social and political issues enrolling in Global Politics and an Officer Training Class of the US Air Force. His latest activities include the Small Satellite Design Course in 2016, where he designed a concept for an aerobraking controlled flying formation consisting of two satellites as part of a team project. Currently, he is working as a flight instructor for the Russian Soyuz spacecraft simulator at the Institute of Space Systems in Stuttgart.

After completing his Master's degree, Daniel is passionate about working in an international organization or company, which contributes to the development of human space flight and deep-space exploration activities.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the 2017 DLR Standout Student Scholarship and be a positive representative of the German space generation. I feel extremely thankful to be given this exciting opportunity to share and exchange my own experience and knowledge with like-minded, passionate students and young professionals at the SGC and IAC in Adelaide.”


Joshua Kiefer

Enthusiastic about space exploration from a young age, I first pursued my bachelor studies in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. Given the intriguing opportunity to conduct my bachelor thesis at the Deutsches SOFIA Institute at NASA Ames Research Center, I got to enjoy a look behind the scenes at SOFIA, NASA, and the local space startup scene revolving around Rainbow Mansion. To be able to put my hands on real rocket hardware, I returned to Europe for my Master studies in Aerospace Structures and Materials at TU Delft. Now, after two internships on the Vega-C and Ariane 6 development, and three space summer schools in Russia, China and Austria, I am eager to dedicate my upcoming Master thesis to the advancement of the MoonVillage.

“I am feeling honored to get to represent the current student generation of German space enthusiasts at this year's SGC and IAC. Lastly, I am looking forward to making the most out of this honorable opportunity.”

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