LUNA – bringing the Moon to Earth

Ort : Online
Beginn : 05. Juli 2023, 13:30 Uhr
Ende : 05. Juli 2023, 15:00 Uhr
Bremen Human Space Exploration Seminar
Guest: Thomas Uhlig

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany


DLR and ESA have joined forces to develop LUNA, a lunar analogue facility in Cologne, Germany. Due to its integration into the operational ground segment of the German Space Operations Center (GSOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen and its vicinity to the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) and the Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC), it appears as an optimal testbed for lunar surface activities. The hall offers a 700m² Regolith area, a Sun simulator, a gravity offloading system, a deep floor area which allows sub-surface operations and other features which will be discussed in the presentation. External attachments like a technology center, a habitat and a greenhouse complete this unique facility, which shall be open to researchers, universities, industry and agencies worldwide.


Dr. Tom Uhlig studied physics at the University of Regensburg and has a doctorate from the same university. He continued his work on micromagnetic imaging using an electron microscope during his postdoc time at Argonne National Lab, before he joined DLR and the field of space operations in 2005. Despite a 5 years excursion into industry and functional safety, he works at the German Space Operations Center (GSOC) since then: He participated in the preparation and execution of the STS-122/1E- mission, was selected as Columbus Flight Director, led the team which trains and qualifies all European ISS flight controllers, and was appointed as group lead for GSOC’s geostationary satellite projects. Recently, he took over the project management of LUNA and is also working on the definition of the future European Gateway control center. He is also engaged in PR, blogs for GSOC and is author of several publications and books.


Bremen Human Space Exploration Seminar

The seminar takes place every third Wednesday of the month at 13:30 CET/CEST online via zoom and consists of a 40-minute talk followed by a 40-minute discussion.

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Dr. Tom Uhlig
Dr. Tom Uhlig