Lehrstuhl für Informatik VII - Robotik und Telematik

Professor Schilling is awarded the Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal


The Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal is presented annually to an educator who has demonstrated excellence in using his/her available resources to promote the study of astronautics and related space sciences. For 2023, this is won by Prof. Dr. Klaus Schilling.

Following award Text is from the IAF:

"Prof. Schilling has taken the fullest advantages of the resources available to him to promote the study of astronautics and related space sciences.

During his entire career he was engaged in visionary aerospace guidance and control problems (in interplanetary missions like Cassini/Huygens or Rosetta, but also for small satellites and satellite formations). He significantly contributed to advance the scientific state-of-the-art. This resulted in an outstanding international career.

By his enthusiasm for space, he was able to motivate students to exceptional achievements (like in UWE-1 or NetSat), which led to outstanding professional careers in aerospace industry and in academia. Particularly his very practical approach to engage students into exciting space research projects with tangible results and actual space satellite launches let him stand out in his field.

During his career he has also made great commitments to the international space community within the framework of the IAF as proven by his long-term engagement in different forums and the awarding of the IAF 'Distinguished Service Award'."

The awards will be presented at the occasion of the 74th IAF International Astronautical Congress to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 2 to 6 October 2023.

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