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The ESA CubeSat Concurrent Engineering Workshop, April 2019

ESA's Concurrent Engineering workshop was a great opportunity to meet and work with people from the space industry and gain knowledge and training that will definitely help in everyone's career. Concurrent engineering is a very interesting and effective approach to designing complex space missions. Great experience overall!

Aerospace Engineering FHWN Student/participant: Alexandros Sousanis.

Focus areas in designing a space mission: Mechanisms, Structures, Propulsion, Configuration, Communication and Data Handling, AOCS, Power, Trajectory Analysis, Assumptions and Design Drivers.


The ESA CubeSat Concurrent Engineering Workshop, January 2019

Five student members of the FHWN CLIMB development team applied and were accepted to the ESA CubeSat Concurrent Engineering workshop held in Belgium in January 2019. During the one week workshop they presented the project CLIMB and learned about the Concurrent Engineering Methods and how it is used at ESA. During the workshop the participants also visited the ESA academy CubeSat testing laboratory and the REDU Ground Station. 

David Apellániz: “The workshop has been an insightful overall view of concurrent engineering combining theoretical and practical aspects. It has been an amazing experience enhanced by the know-how of the experts and the pro-activitness of the team members.”

Alexander Nemetz: “…. we got an insight into the ESA academy and what they do. Also it was great that ESA academy provided us with their presentations which is good additional information for future lectures and projects.”

Martin Eizinger: “I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with peers and professionals on a real mission”

FHWN Team members: Kaarel Repän, Martin Eizinger, Alexander Nemetz, Emmeric Vitztum, David Apellániz.

Yuri's Night, April 2019

In honor and remembrance of the first orbital flight of a human being, Cosmonaut Jury Gagarin, the Association “Der Orion” organized a get together for space enthusiasts. This year the event took place in the  famous Naturhistorische Museum of Vienna. The audience enjoyed exciting presentations about habitats in space (Dr. Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger, TU Wien), meteoroid research (Dr. Ludovic Ferriére, Naturhistorischen Museum of Vienna) and ESA activities at a time of increasing privately financed space research (Mag. Alexander Soucek, ESA). As always, the Aerospace Engineering department of the University of Applied Science Wiener Neustadt was a proud sponsor of this event. Thanks to the team of “Der Orion” for the successful event.


SMAD Presentations, January 2019

After 2 months of hard work, the students of the academic year 2017 presented the results of their mission and system study which is the great final exam in the course “Space Mission and Analysis” (aka SMAD).  Based on provided mission objectives and mission requirements, the tasks of the students is to design a complete mission including mission scenario, spacecraft design (subsystems trade-off), trajectory design, launch possiblities, communication architecture etc. The missions to be designed this year were the following two:

ANCILE: Design a space born pre-warning system detecting solar storms (CME or flares) early enough to allow a human crew on a Mars mission to seek shelter and put their spacecraft in stand-by.

CORNUCOPIA: Design a service module which provides GEO satellites with essential services such as re-fueling, repair, re-allocation, de-orbiting etc. to extend their useful  lifetime. This task also included the establishment of a business plan.

UN City January 17, 2019. Visit to UNOOSA

Excursion to UNOOSA

Our lecturer Friedrich Teichmann organised and led an excursion to the UNOOSA organisation offices at the UN Vienna at the end of January. Ten active master students attended the talk and tour by Jorge Del Rio Vera, Scientific Affairs Officer (Space Technology), Space Applications Section, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Mini-lectures covering Spider and Disaster Management shed light on the work being done through UNOOSA.

The UN excursion gave good insight into how Earth Observation, as learned in the Space Applications course, is applied and how it is used for the greater good of helping to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals."      - Rudy Chambon


Landed successfully on Mars November 26, 2018

Insight: NASA mission to Mars

"InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26, 2018 at 11:52:59 a.m. PT (2:52:59 p.m. ET). The entry, descent, and landing (EDL) phase began when the spacecraft reached the Martian atmosphere, about 80 miles (about 128 kilometers) above the surface, and ended with the lander safe and sound on the surface of Mars six minutes later.

For InSight, this phase included a combination of technologies inherited from past NASA Mars missions such as NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander. This landing system weighed less than the airbags used for the twin rovers or the skycrane used by the Mars Science Laboratory. The lean landing hardware helped InSight place a higher ratio of science instruments to total launch mass on the surface of Mars."

Our lecturer Günter Kargl, IWF Graz, was part of the team!

go to NASA website for more:


Summer School Alpbach 2018

The topic of the Summer School Alpbach 2018 was “Sample return from small solar system bodies“. The aim of the Summer School lectures is to enable the students to select and formulate objectives for new space missions. Aerospace Engineering Head of Programme, Dr. Carsten Scharlemann, was lecturer and coach. Our student, Kaarel Repän, participated in Group Orange.

Students were informed about past achievements and current issues, and were invited to propose ideas to study the solar system’s small bodies directly in situ with spacecraft and, ideally, returning samples to Earth in order to develop a much wider understanding of these small bodies, their properties, and what they can tell us about the evolution of the solar system. Beyond the Sun, its eight planets, and their larger moons, the solar system is home to a myriad of other, smaller bodies, including dwarf planets, asteroids, trojans, centaurs, and comets, all the way down to interplanetary dust particles.

Four teams were responsible for selecting and researching the problem to be addressed in a space mission, for cooperatively working with team members to meet difficult deadlines, and for developing a personal working style.

All mission reports and presentations see

If you are willing to embrace the challenges and rewards of the Summer School Alpbach, look into applying for next year's session.

Starting Fall 2018!


Mechatronics Bachelor: Aerospace Engineering Specialisation

The combination of mechatronics and aerospace engineering is the ideal answer to the needs of today's and tomorrow's industry.

This specialization provides a comprehensive insight into systems that are in daily use in the aerospace industry. Each aircraft and each satellite is intrinsically a complex mechatronic system combined with elements of the classic aerospace disciplines such as fluid mechanics, aerodynamics and many more. Hands-on assignments teach principles of aerospace engineering, the operation of aerospace propulsion systems, and requirements for materials and manufacturing processes.

For more information regarding this course of studies in German, click here: FHWN-Mechatronik-Aerospace.pdf (MediaArchive:/STG_BMMS)

Student Winners of Austrian Space Cooperation Days 2018

Student Competition 2018

Young artists at Austrian Space Cooperation Days 2018

Future engineers!

Fifty years since the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (1968 - 2018): UNISPACE+50



Yuri's Night 2018

On April 12, 2018, at 6:30 pm, we celebrate Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space.

For the tenth time Yuri's Night is an event at the Urania Wien with exciting speakers:

The philologist Doris Vickers deals with the question of whether extraterrestrials actually built the pyramids.

Dr. Luca Fossati from the Institute for Space Research, Graz, talks about the Austrian participation in the NASA mission CUTE, which will explore the atmospheres of extrasolar planets.

Planet geologist Ulrich Köhler from the German Aerospace Center reports on the current travel plans to Mars in light of the announcements by Donald Trump and Elon Musk.

Afterwards: Star-gazing at the Urania Observatory or with the Vienna Working Group for Astronomy on the Urania roof terrace.

The program in detail: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:30 pm Vienna Urania, Dachsaal, Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Vienna

Free admission!





Academic Excellence Financial Grant

Congratulations to our two students from the Class 2016, Álvaro Blay Sempere and René Serrano Pedersen who were each awarded 1500€ for their excellent study success and for being ranked at the top of their academic class 2016.




FALCON Heavy Launch / SpaceX

February 6, 2018

World's most powerful rocketeb. 6th at 3:45 PM ET, Falcon Heavy successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space             On Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 3:45 PM ET, Falcon Heavy successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two, with the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)--a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.

Falcon Heavy's first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit.




ALPBACH Summer School 2017

The Dusty Universe

The famous Summer School Alpbach: annual summer happening in the beautiful Austrian mountains. 60 selected Students from all over Europe participated in the two week summer school 2017. During those two weeks they attended various lectures by experts from Science and Technology fields. Guided by the lectures and various experts from ESA, CNES and many other institutes, the students developed their own space mission. A perfect possibility to intensify your education and build up a network which will last your whole career.




PEGASUS Nanosatellite 2017

PEGASUS, the Austrian made Nanosatellite, a part of the EU Project qb50, was officially presented to the press on Wednesday, May 10. On the panel were Regional Minister for Technology Dr. Petra Bohuslav, Wiener Neustadt's Mayor and Director of the FHWN Board Mag. Klaus Schneeberger, FHWN Managing Director Mag. Josef Wiesler, Pegasus Team Lead & FHWN Aerospace Engineering Department Head Dr. Carsten Scharlemann and FOTEC Managing Director Helmut Loibl.

Initial negotiations to be part of the qb50 project started in 2012. Since then untold man hours and further resources have been clocked in planning, coordinating, assembling, and testing PEGASUS for its trip into the Thermosphere. PEGASUS' task, along with other cubesats, will be to collect data about the thermosphere and transmit data back to ground stations. FHWN is very proud to be part of this large European project and we thank all of our partners: FOTEC, the Space Team of the TU Wien Space Team and the Space Tech Group (STG). We would also like to extend our thanks to RUAG Space GmbH and all our sponsors for their help and their support over the past 4 years.

Forecasted launch is early June. Stay tuned!





Dr. Franz Brandstätter,               Head of  Department, Curator of the meteorite collection

Dr. Gudrun Warner,                     Max Planck Institut

Yuri's Night 2017

"Orion" Development Club

For the 9th time Orion and its sponsors and partners welcomed 270 participants at the Natural History Museum as part of a worldwide event celebrating Yuri Gagarin's historic orbital mission in 1961. The speakers shared their knowledge with curious guests after which a prize was awarded to Johannes Stuebler for his dedication to astronomy and outer space topics. A highlight was the "Tiuterra Crystal" produced especially by Swarowski and returned to Austrian Space Forum after the crystals trip to the ISS. The crystal is made of earth rock formation and a Mars meteorite sample. Aerospace Engineering of FHWN is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

This yearly event is open to the public. If you wish to keep up with events, please visit Der Orion.

Andreas Weise, Berlin

Amateur astronomer Johannes Stübler, Astronomy  Association „Johannes Kepler“


Christian Nagele: Swarovski, Monika Fischer: Orion, ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, Italy and  Dr. Norbert Frischauf: Austrian Space Forum.


Nanosatellite Pegasus at RUAG, Vienna, Austria

copyright: RUAG



PEGASUS Nanosatellite 2017

The finished product

This Austrian made Nanosatellite, a part of the EU Project qb50 is now ready for packing and transport to Innovative Solutions In Space Delft, Holland. They will transport all the European Satellites to India, for the launch at the beginning of May. Aerospace Engineering FHWN is very proud to be part of this project and we thank all of our partners: FOTEC, TU Wien Space Team,RUAG in Vienna, Austria, the University of Vienna with Dr. Michael Taraba, Robert Karlowsky and Thomas Dorn. As soon as we have the confirmed launch date, we will post it here and on facebook. Stay tuned!

to a protective housing     

...all screwed shut


...into the foam padded transport box ...and off she goes!



Nanosatellite Pegasus during testing at RUAG, Vienna, Austria  copyright: RUAG

PEGASUS Nanosatellite 2017 

This Austrian-made Nanosatellite, a part of the EU Project qb50 is now ready for packing and transport to Innovative Solutions In Space Delft, Holland. We thank our partners RUAG and STG for their wonderful support in helping us keep this project on track.

Satellite model

PPT firing thruster



Aviation Forum Austria 2016

Goal: the EU Commission aims to limit the length of travel, including flights, in continental Europe by 2050: Door to Door in 4 hours. As part of the TakeOff student competition run by FFG and the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Yannick Schneider AE15 submitted a study project with his ideas how to achieve this ambitious goal. After a presentation to experts and jurors, he won a prize which along with the recognition was awarded €299.00. Congratulations to Yannick!




Space Architecture Symposium 2016

Several of the national space agencies (e.g. US, China, Russia) have announced long-term goals of sending humans to the Moon and Mars. For any of these missions to succeed, the research, development,and operations programs that generate and support them must emerge as sustainable enterprises financially, politically, and technologically. This symposium will discuss future visions and scenarios for living and working in Space on multiple levels.


© 2016 Douwe van Willigen

© 2016 Douwe van Willigen

RED Rocket Launch, Netherlands, May 2016

The first sounding rocket built at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt has been successfully launched. On Friday the 20th of May, the little Reusable Experimental Demonstrator (RED) rocket took off from the artillery range 't Harde in the Netherlands. The coordination and support on the launch day as well as the engine for the 1 meter-long rocket were provided by the Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering (DARE, group.  

The RED rocket took only 3 months to design, build and test, paving the way for future projects. The goal of the project was to set a first step in experimental rocketry for the university and to perform a series of measurements during the flight.

The actual launch day was more suspense-packed then wished for. When the rocket was already installed in the launch tower, strong winds triggered the deployment of the parachute. Initially it seemed impossible to obtain another time slot for a launch and the disappointment in the team was immense. However, thanks to the flexibility of the Dutch military (!), the FHWN student team was granted an extension of the launch window. In a record time, the FHWN team rewrote the control software of the deployment to prevent a repeat of the premature triggering and reassembled the rocket. Literally, in the last 2 minutes of the extended launch window, the team succeeded to launch their rocket. 

They were rewarded for those suspenseful moments with a beautiful launch. A maximum velocity of around 320 kilometers per hour was achieved and at a maximum altitude of slightly above 700 meters, the parachute deployed and the rocket returned safely to ground. The excitement within the team was boundless.

The RED student team and the staff of the Aerospace Engineering Department thank in particular Technopol of Wiener Neustadt for their financial support of this project and Maximilian Schwierzina (a senior student of the Aerospace Engineering Department) for providing all Additive Layer Manufacturing parts. Last but not least, special thanks go to the Space Team of the TU Vienna for their support, to all DARE members who helped us to achieve our goal and to Douwe van Willigen for providing the photographs of the launch day.



Yuri's Night April 12, 2016 @ 18:30 at TU-the Sky roof terrace

 ...was a success! Here are some photos from the evening which focused on Austrian CubeSat projects. Our own PEGASUS project in cooperation with members of the Space Team was show-cased.





 © 2016 Karola Riegler


European Space Generation Workshop


February 26-27, 2016: European Space Generation Workshop, Budapest, Hungary

Dr. Scharlemann, Aerospace Engineering Department Head,  was invited to serve as a Subject Matter Expert for the topic “CubeSat” at the very first European Space Generation Workshop (E-SGW) in Budapest, Hungary. At this workshop, 52 students from 24 countries met to discuss for several days various topics relevant to Space and Space business. 

Together with other experts, Dr. Scharlemann guided a group of young students in the workshop with the goal to identify the most pressing issues related to CubeSats and to discuss the future use of CubeSats. Their findings, and those of two other workshop groups, will be presented at high level scientific conferences and submitted to different European stakeholders and will also be included in  the annual report submitted  to the UN.

 The objective of the E-SGW is to promote European regional collaboration in the space sector. The workshops are organized by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). The SGAC was founded in 1999 and aims to represent university students and young space professionals at the United Nations. They have permanent observer status in the UN committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (COPUOS). More information with regard to SGAC can be found on:


Rosetta lander news


February 12, 2016: Comet Chury

15 months after Philae made its historic landing on a comet, its legacy is enormous even if Rosetta’s lander is facing eternal hibernation.

Mission teams are now looking ahead to the grand finale: making a controlled impact of the Rosetta orbiter on the comet next September.

Rosetta arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014 and Philae was delivered to the surface on 12 November. After touching down Philae bounced several times and completed 80% of its planned first science sequence before falling into hibernation.  A contact was made with the lander on 13 June and intermittent contacts were made up to 9 July. 

However the results of Philae mission are unique and complement all the science harvested by the orbiter Rosetta who is continuing its quest before being sent directly to the surface of 69P late September.


July 12 - 21, 2016: Summer School Alpbach, Satellite Observations of the Global Water Cycle

Would you like to use engineering and/or science to address solutions to problems that can be addressed by space missions? If yes, consider applying to the Summer School Alpbach.

This year, sixty European engineering and science students will be chosen to participate in the 40th edition of the Summer School Alpbach, a ten day learning opportunity held in the beautiful Austrian Alps. Accepted participants will be engaged in an in-depth learning experience. Over ten days participants will attend stimulating lectures on various aspects of space science and technology and will work intensely within a smaller group to define and design a space mission, all under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts within the field.

The topic of the Summer School Alpbach 2016 is the global water cycle. Viewed from space, a most striking feature of our planet is the abundance of water in liquid and frozen forms. Water is a main driving element of the global climate system and a prerequisite for live on Earth.



November 2015: Dr. Kuo, Dr. Scharlemann,
Dr. Chang at talks regarding cooperation
between NSPO, FHWN and FOTEC.

For several years the University of Applied Sciences, FHWN, and its R&D partner FOTEC have been developing a new space propulsion engine. Its unique selling point is the use of low toxicity fuels. FHWN and FOTEC’s expertise is globally unique. NSPO, Taiwan’s Space Agency, heard about their scientific advancements and invited Aerospace Engineering Department Head Dr. Carsten Scharlemann to Hinchui to share his team’s knowledge and experience. During several lectures Dr. Scharlemann briefed scientists of NSPO, as well as professors and students at Taiwan’s largest engineering university, Cheng-Kung National University in Tainan. In negotiations with Dr. Chang, Director of NSPO, Dr. Scharlemann discussed cooperation opportunities amongst the three institutions. Transferring research knowledge into the classroom and lab setting is a major FHWN goal: partnering with NSPO would benefit the Aerospace Engineering students as well as the Department and FOTEC.

DLR Summer School 2015 

Die zweiwöchige Summer School des DLR über Raumfahrtantriebe fand auf dem Testgelände des DLR in Lampoldshausen, wohl einem der europaweit geeignetsten Orte für diese Thematik, statt. Experten aus Industrie und Forschung präsentierten aktuelle Technologien aus dem Bereich der Raumfahrtantriebe mit Schwerpunkt auf Flüssigkeitsantriebe. Aber auch elektrische und Feststoffantriebe sowie das Ariane Programm wurden nicht außer Acht gelassen. Neben diesem technischen Fokus wurden auch die Strukturen und Hintergründe der ESA und des DLR erläutert.

Neben vielen theoretischen Vorlesungen fanden auch mehrere Workshops statt, in denen zum Beispiel Hybridmotoren zusammengebaut oder Verbrennungsinstabilitäten analysiert wurden. Der Start einer kleinen Rakete, eine "Geocaching-Schnitzeljagd" sowie Ausflüge zu einer Sternwarte und ins Technik Museum Speyer, rundeten die Summer School ab und förderten das gegenseitige Kennenlernen der Teilnehmer. Ein besonderer Höhepunkt war der Testbetrieb eines Vulcain 2 Triebwerkes, was einen guten Eindruck eines echten Ariane Starts vermittelte.

DLR, German Aerospace Center, hosted a 2 week Summer School in what is probably the most suitable location for testing propulsion units: in Lampoldshausen, Germany. Theory was combined with hands-on workshops. For example, construction of a hybrid motor, instability in combustion and a Geocaching "treasure hunt".

Link: German text

October 1, 2015 

Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov held an Open Lecture here today at the FH/University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt. He spoke of his training as pilot, engineer and cosmonaut. He showed the audience a short film taken in the International Space Station where he has already fulfilled two missions. The most amazing part of the space mission: doing a space walk!  And he would do it again: Ready, anytime!      

Thank you for visiting and sharing!

Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov with
Dr. Carsten Scharlemann 





FHWN & FOTEC’s contribution to NASA mission MMS:

The Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) is one of the highlights of the Space mission of NASA this year. The MMS mission will investigate Earth’s magnetic field and the interaction between Earth’s and Sun’s magnetic field using four satellites (the picture shows the four satellites shortly before integration into the fairing, source: ).

Several Austrian institutes have participated in the preparation of this mission, including the research company FOTEC ( and the Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt ( In order that the four satellites can make those highly sensitive measurements they have to control their charge status. One has to imagine this similar to grounding electrical devices here on ground. If one does not ground the satellite it might charge up very quickly to several hundreds of volt, making a measurement impossible or, in the worst case, destroy sensitive equipment.

Together with the Grazer Institute für Weltraumforschung ( IWF) we have developed the instrument to ensure the charge balance of the four MMS satellites. Our contribution in particular was the development of so-called “ion sources” which ensure the production and acceleration of the charged particles (ions).

The launch is scheduled for Thursday the 12th of March, 22:44, local US, East coast time

Let’s cross our fingers everything works out!

Best regards

The Aerospace Engineering team (FHWN)


The Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, together with its project partners, FOTEC (, the Spaceteam of the TU Wien (, the Österreichisches Weltraumforum (ÖWF) and the Institut für Astrophysik der Uni Wien presented the Project

PEGASUS: A student-built Nanosatellite !

Numerous Media reported extensively about the project in print press, internet, radio and TV:

January 14 - 16, 2015: Horizon 2020 Project Rheform

The kick-off meeting for the Horizon 2020 project RHEFORM took place on 14-16th of January on the premises of DLR.

The Aerospace Engineering department of the FHWN will investigate new, advanced propellants for the space industry and design, manufacture and test new propulsion systems. The project will run for three years. The FHWN cooperates with following partners:
o Airbus
o DLR (consortium lead), Germany
o ECAPS, Sweden
o FOI, Sweden
o FOTEC, Austria
o Lithoz, Austria
o University of Poitiers, France

For other projects of FOTEC and the Aerospace Engineering department, please go to


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