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The NASA astronaut who was on the aborted Soyuz mission to the International Space Station says he has “complete confidence” in the Russians despite this launch failure and other problems and looks forward to flying again on the spacecraft. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 19:37:17 +0000
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     Date Submitted:07-10-2018
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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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