Analog Astronauts

Analog astronauts are specifically trained spacesuit tester. After an extensive selection process they run through a several month long basic training. Analog astronauts are used for technical tests and Mars simulations.

OeWF analog astronauts are specifically trained for the OeWF Mars spacesuit simulator “Aouda” and are assigned “in analogy to” future human (Mars) expeditions for preparatory research and development projects.

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Luca Foresta, MSc

Analog Astronaut since 2012

Mars-Simulations: MARS2013 Morocco, > 62 EVA h
Career: Born in Milan, Italy (1983). BSc in Physics from the University of Milan-Bicocca and MSc in Geophysics from the University of Copenhagen, focused on polar research. Scientific programmer at the University of Copenhagen, then research fellow at the Austrian Institute of Technology. Currently PhD student at the University of Edinburgh (School of GeoSciences, Glaciology group), working on exploiting ESA CryoSat mission data to generate high resolution ice topography over ice sheets’ margins and small ice caps.

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Christoph Gautsch

Analog Astronaut since 2012

Mars-Simulations: MARS2013 Morocco, > 25 EVA h
Career: Born 1978 in Tamsweg, Salzburg. After school education employee at the bank “Raiffeisen” in Tamsweg, then rescue service at the Red Cross in Innsbruck. Further education within rescue and mountain rescue service. Then working as flight rescuer in different Austrian helicopter bases. From 2007 – 2010 permanent staff member of the emergency medicine team of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Pilot license (FAA and EASA Lizenz). Pilot at the Tyrol Air Ambulance in Innsbruck, since 2015 pilot at MHS-Aviation in Germany.

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Dr. Gernot Groemer

Analog Astronaut since 2013

Mars-Simulations: MDRS Crew 11 + 47 (AustroMars), MARS2013 Morocco, > 100 EVA h
Career: Born 1975, masters degree in astronomy, PhD in exploration astrobiology (Leopold-Franzens University, Innsbruck), International Space University summer school (Houston/Texas), lecturer at the International Space University and the University of Innsbruck. Member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (Board of Mentors). Flight Crew 37th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign. Programme Management Group AustroMars and PolAres.

Teaches and does research at the Univ. Innsbruck in the field of human Mars exploration and Astrobiology. 30 min of Zero-G. Dr. Groemer led more than 11 Mars expedition simulations, including the Northern Sahara, Utah and southern Spain and leads the development of the experimental spacesuit simulator Aouda.X.

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Stefan Dobrovolny, MD

Analog Astronaut since 2015

Mars-Simulations: AMADEE-15, > 13 EVA h
Career: Born 1990, originally from Mürzsteg, Styria he studied medicine at the Medical University in Vienna. In his free time he is volunteering as paramedic at the Red Cross Austria as well as at the Austrian Mountain Rescue Team, where he is not only in charge of the medical training and of medical equipment but also is trained Squad Leader. He speaks german, english, as well as some swedish and spanish.

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Carmen Köhler, PhD

Analog Astronaut since 2015

Mars-Simulations: AMADEE-15, > 14 EVA h
Career: Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1980. A graduate of the German-American high school in Berlin, afterwards studying mathematics and meteorology at the Free University of Berlin. In 2014 she completed her PhD thesis magna cum laude on cloud ice particle nucleation. Currently, Carmen Köhler is a researcher at i-EM (Intelligence in Energy Management) in Livorno, Italy. i-EM supports her work as an analog astronaut. In 2014 she started a course in Constructive Conflict Management and Intercultural Mediation. She is fluent in German and English and speaks French.

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Kartik Kumar, MSc

Analog Astronaut since 2015

Mars-Simulations: AMADEE-15, > 22 EVA h
Career: Born in Bangalore, India, 1984 but is a dutch native. Master in aerospace engineering at the TU Delft with honours and cum laude. He
was awarded “TU Delft Aerospace Engineering Best Graduate 2008” and “NvVL (Dutch National Aeronautical Society) Best Graduate 2008”. Presently he works as researcher for the Stardust programme, developing robust GNC strategies for Active Space Debris Monitoring and Removal and NEO deflection. He is fluent in English, Dutch and Tamil and has speaks Italian, Spanish, French and German.

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João Lousada, MSc

Analog Astronaut since 2015

Mars-Simulations: AMADEE-15, > 17 EVA h
Career: Born in Portugal in 1989. Studied Aerospace Engineering in Lisbon, doing his master thesis at the University of Victoria, Canada, on satellite attitude determination and control. Presently he works as Electrical Assembly, Integration and Testing Engineer for the Meteosat Third Generation Project for ESA at OHB System AG in Bremen, Germany. Lousada is fluent in
English, Spanish and Portuguese and speakds German and French.

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Iñigo Muñoz Elorza, MSc

Analog Astronaut since 2015

Mars-Simulations: AMADEE-15, > 25 EVA h
Career: Born in Spain in 1979. He studied economics in Karlsruhe, Germany and aerospace engineering in Madrid, Spain working on high-power Hall Effect thrusters for satellites. Initially he served as Operation Engineer at EUSOC, Madrid, where he was responsible for Preparation and real time operation of several experiments onboard the Columbus module (ISS).  Presently he works for HE Space Operations GmbH, serving as Galileo Mission Operations Preparation Engineer at DLR GfR (Galileo Control Centre) in Weßling. Mr Muñoz Elorza is fluent in Spanish, German, English and speaks Italian.

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