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     Date Submitted:07-10-2018
     Last Modified:11-10-2018 (01:21)
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     Current job:Mechanical Engineering MSc graduate
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsAerospace Engineer specialised in propulsion. Experienced in design and operation of cryogenic rocket motors.
    CV

    SUMMARY 

    Developing and operating cryogenic rocket motors in academia, I am determined to join the private space sector as a young professional. Conducting regular motor tests on-console amongst two sounding rocket launches, I value effective communication as part of a high work ethic, essential for mission assurance and human safety. To me a hands-on attitude does not contradict sophisticated problem solving. Eager to learn and grateful for challenges, I am convinced I can play a vital role in your engineering team. Amazing people merging into a powerful team is what inspires me most.

    "You can't get to the moon by climbing successively higher trees." -- Dave Akin


    EDUCATION

    Technische Universität München (Munich, Germany 2014-2017)
    Dipl.-Ing. (TUM) Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc.
    • Thesis: "Modeling the interior ballistics of a pyrotechnic harpoon for deep space applications", Grade 1.3

    Technische Universtität München (Munich, Germany 2010-2015)
    Aerospace Engineering, B.Sc.
    • Thesis: "Preliminary design of a rocket engine nozzle", Grade 1.3


    AUTHORSHIPS

    • Völk, S. et al., Althapp, S. "Development and testing of a pyro-driven launcher for harpoon-based comet sample acquisition.", Acta Astronautica, July 2018.
    • Althapp, S. et al. "Progress report regarding hybrid propulsion rocket development at WARR", 5th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences, Munich, Germany, 2013
    • Schmitt, A. et al., Althapp, S. "Providing a standard support bus for sounding rocket experiments with the CERESS Experiment", 21th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Ballon Programmes and Related Research, PAC-Symposium, Thun, Switzerland, 2013


    ACHIEVEMENTS

    Launch Team Leader, WARR Ex-2 Launch Campaign (Natal, Brazil 2015)
    • Launching the WARR Ex-2 technology demonstrator as the first hybrid rocket in South America.

    Winner, National Instruments Student Design Award (Austin, Texas, US 2013)
    • Applying National Intstruments' products as payload hardware and ground control software.

    Payload Operator, REXUS 13 Launch Campaign (Kiruna, Sweden 2013)
    • Launching the CERESS payload on-board the REXUS 13 suborbital sounding rocket.

    Finalist, EADS Astrium Assessment Center (Ottobrunn, Germany 2009)
    • Nationwide selection process for an integrated study programm in Mechatronics.

    Semifinalist, National Young Researchers (Leverkusen, Germany 2008) 
    • With the work "Development and Research on a hybrid rocket motor."


    EXPERIENCES

    Volunteer @ World Arctic Fund (Berlin 2017-2018)
    • Expedition engineer for the "Airship Italia Search Expedition" in search of the Airship Italia lost in 1928 in the arctic ocean.
    • Delivery of the expedition sail boat from Spain via Germany to Spitzbergen.

    Student Employee @ Mobile Rocket Base, German Aerospace Center (Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany 2015-2017)
    • Developing mission critical telemetry software for sounding rocket missions and in-flight visualizations.
    • Numerical modeling and simulating internal ballistics of pyrotechnical actuators for system optimization.
    • Conducting regular experiments with pyrotechnic actuators at an explosives test-site.

    Project Leader @ Institute for Flight Propulsion, Technical University of Munich (Garching, Germany 2014-2016)
    • Preliminary system definition of a cryogenic sounding rocket incl. its test-benches and launch infrastructure.
    • Recruiting an interdisciplinary team of 80 students to join the German Aerospace Centers's STERN initiative.
    • Extending the capability of testing rocket motors up to 10 kN of thrust using cryogenic oxidizer on-site.
    • Qualification of a rocket motor's flight design to 100 kN s total impulse on DLR test-facilities in spring 2018.

    Head of Launch Team | Propulsion Engineer @ Scientific Work-Group for Rocketry and Spaceflight (WARR) (Garching, Germany 2010-2015)
    • Conducting project phases C to F (incl. reviews) of the WARR Ex-2 hybrid rocket technology demonstrator. 
    • Freezing the launch system design and coordinate system integration, assembly and test. 
    • Raising efficiency and safety of launch- and test operations by a continous training and certification scheme. 
    • Optimizing the injector design of a rocket motor with 10 kN s total impulse as well as designing its nozzle. 
    • Running regular test campaigns of hybrid rocket motors from 10 kN s to 100 kN s of total impulse. 
    • Upgrading control and instrumentation of the local test-bench running LabVIEW for automated testing.

    Mentor for Softskills @ Technische Universität München (Garching, Germany 2012-2014)
    • Coaching university freshmen in reaching their goals, professional communication and conflict resolving.

    Trainee @ Liquid Propulsion Summer School, German Aerospace Center (Lampoldshausen, Germany 2012)
    • Two weeks in-depth theory and practice about development and research on liquid rocket propulsion.
    • Familiarization with instrumentation, cryogenic fluid systems and test-benches of full-scale engines.
    • Practice professional test operations and risk analysis on a sub-scale rocket motor test.

    System Engineer | Software Developer @ Institute or Astronautics ª Technical University of Munich (Garching , Germany 2011-2013)
    • Designing the system architecture of a scientifiy payload on the REXUS 13 sounding rocket.
    • Implementing its control software in LabVIEW and operating the payload throughout training and launch.

    Procedure Trainer @ Institute for Helicopter Technology, Technical University of Munich (Garching, Germany 2011-2013)
    • Training students on Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), mulit-crew-concept and radio communications.


    SKILLS and IT

    Languages: German, English (Aviation Radio License in German and English)
    Administration: MS Office, MS Project, Macintosh, Windows, Linux
    Engineering: SolidWorks, CATIAv5, AutoDesk Inventor, MagicDraw SysML
    Simulation: SolidWorks Flow Sim., ANSYS Fluent, AGI Systems Tool Kit
    Programming: LabVIEW, Python, Matlab, C++/FORTRAN


    INTERESTS 

    I love music. As a guitarist I enjoy playing and listening to jazz, rock, funk and metal. The connection between the crowd and the band during a performance is magical to me. | Volleyball with its combination of team spirit, technique and exercise is my favorite sport. | The raw power and beauty of nature gets me everytime when surfing, skiing or mountaineering with friends. I am determined to pursue a smarter future of humanity. | Piloting glider planes in solo even before driving a car showed me that freedom grows with the knowledge of limits and trust.

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