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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Dr. Gernot Groemer

Analog Astronaut since 2003

Mars-Simulations: MDRS Crew 11 + 47 (AustroMars), MARS2013 Morocco, AMADEE-18 Oman. 12 missions in total.
EVA hours: > 113 h
Career: Born 1975, Gernot Groemer holds a masters degree in astronomy and a 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 12 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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Dr. Stefan Dobrovolny

Analog Astronaut since 2015

Mars-Simulations: AMADEE-15, AMADEE-18
EVA hours: > 31 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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Dr. Carmen Köhler

Analog Astronaut since 2015

Mars-Simulations: AMADEE-15, AMADEE-18
EVA hours: > 34 h
Career: Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1980. After studying mathematics and meteorology at the Free University of Berlin, she completed her PhD in physics of the atmosphere magna cum laude. Currently, she is founder and CEO of P3R GmbH, a company which works in the sectors of AI programming, photovoltaics and public relations. Within the “Stiftung erste Deutsche Astronautin GmbH” and “Astronautin GmbH” she works as Education & Outreach Scientist und as Astronaut Support. She is also a board member of the non-profit organisation Full Stack Embedded e.V.. This organisation enables students in West Africa with their effort to become self-sustaining in their technical development. She is fluent in German, English and Italian and speaks French and Spanish.

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Kartik Kumar, MSc

Analog Astronaut since 2015

Mars-Simulations: AMADEE-15, AMADEE-18
EVA hours: > 44 h
Career: Born in Bangalore, India, 1984 and is a Dutch citizen, having grown up in the Netherlands. Master in Aerospace Engineering at the TU Delft with honours (cum laude). He was awarded “TU Delft Aerospace Engineering Best Graduate 2008” and “NvVL (Dutch National Aeronautical Society) Best Graduate 2008”. Currently, he is Co-founder & CEO at satsearch.co, a Dutch startup building the world’s first global marketplace for space. He is fluent in English, Dutch and Tamil, and can converse in Italian, Spanish, French and German.

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João Lousada, MSc

Analog Astronaut since 2015

Mars-Simulations: AMADEE-15, AMADEE-18
EVA hours: > 40 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. He has worked in assembly integration and testing of satellites and presently works as STRATOS flight controller and ISS Columbus Operation Systems Engineer at the German Space Operations Center in Munich, Germany. He is currently the SGAC regional coordinator for Europe, having managed several technical projects and helping organize multiple space events for the young generation. Lousada is a certified parachutist and rescue diver. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and speaks German and French.

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Iñigo Muñoz Elorza, MSc

Analog Astronaut since 2015

Mars-Simulations: AMADEE-15, AMADEE-18
EVA hours: 52 h
Career: Born in Spain in 1979. He studied Economics at the DHBW Karlsruhe, Germany and Aerospace Engineering at the UPM, Madrid, Spain. Recently he also completed a MSc in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the VIU, Valencia, Spain. Initially he served as Operation Engineer at E-USOC, Madrid, where he was responsible for the preparation and real time operation of several experiments onboard the Columbus module (ISS). Presently he works as astronaut instructor at the European Astronaut Center (ESA EAC) in Cologne. Muñoz Elorza is a certified parachutist and advanced open water diver. He is fluent in Spanish, German, English and speaks Italian.

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Adam Crellin

Analog-Astronaut Candidate

Career: Born in 1993 in Whitehaven. Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Newcastle, Master in Space Physiology and Health from King’s College London. He is a co-founding member of the Human Spaceflight Capitalisation Office (HuSCO) and a National Point of Contact for the Student European Low Gravity Research Association. Currently he is a Graduate-Entry Medical Student at the University of Oxford and the British Army Reserve, and works as a Space Life Science Consultant. In his spare time, he is a seasoned scuba diver and mountaineer.

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Dr. Adrianos Golemis

Analog-Astronaut Candidate

Career:  Born 1987, lives in Germany, originally from Greece. Medical study Doctor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Master’s degree in Space Studies at the International Space University, France, and EASA Basic Short Courses on Aviation Medicine, King’s College London. Participation in 14-month program of medical research in isolated Antarctic Analogue studies (Concordia Station, IPEV/ESA). Currently employed as flight surgeon, monitoring astronaut health during spaceflight. Dr.Golemis is fluent in Greek, English, French, good on German and has basic knowledge of Italian

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Anika Mehlis

Analog-Astronaut Candidate

Career: Born 1981 in Germany. Biology studies with focus on Microbiology at the Free University of Berlin, as well as Engineering for Environmental Technology and Recycling at the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau. Working experience as chemical-technical assistant at an environmental lab and as lecturer at University Plauen. Currently PhD studies in Public Health at Bielefeld University and working as a team leader in “infection protection and environmental medicine” in the Health Department Plauen, Germany. She is mother to three daughters. Anika Mehlis is fluent in German and English and has basic knowledge of French, Spanish and Latin.

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Dr. Simone Paternostro

Analog-Astronaut Candidate

Career: Born in 1986 in Italy. Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering, Master’s degree in Space Engineering as well as a 2nd level Master’s degree in Space Transportation Systems and a PhD in Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy. AOCS/GNC intern at EADS Astrium (now Airbus Group), followed by a research position at the Institute for Aerospace Technology, Univ. of Nottingham.  Currently he is employed as Multi-Increment Payload Planner/Complement Requirements Manager at ESTEC where he manages payloads on board of the ISS (International Space Station). Dr. Paternostro fluently speaks Italian and English and has a basic knowledge of German.

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Alon Tenzer

Analog-Astronaut Candidate

Career: From Israel. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Computer Science and Aviation Science at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Master of Science in Neuroscience at the Weizmann-Institute of Science, Israel. A veteran of the Israeli Air Force, where among other positions served as a software developer & team leader. He also worked as a researcher and data-scientist at Weizmann-Institute of Science. Currently working as senior AI engineer where he leads artificial-intelligence-based industry projects in various companies in Singapore

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Dr. Thomas Wijnen

Career: Born in the Netherlands in 1986. Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy studies at the University of Utrecht. Research internship at the Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile. PhD in Astrophysics.  Captain in the Royal Netherlands Air Force Reserve. He currently works at the Technical University of Delft on satellite tracking. Dr. Wijnen holds a PADI scuba-diving and a parachute license and is fluent in Dutch and English. His language skills include intermediate Spanish as well as basic French and German

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Dr. Robert Wild

Analog-Astronaut Candidate

Career: Born in 1982 in Innsbruck.  BSc degree in Physics at the University of Arizona and PhD in Physics at the University of Colorado. He’s research topics have included matter wave diffraction, the quantum mechanics of ultracold atoms, and laser-based trace gas detection. Currently, his focus is on laboratory studies of interstellar ions as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Innsbruck. He has published in scientific journals and is a trained Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Open Water Diver and fluently speaks English and German and has good command of Spanish.

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Liad Yosef

Analog-Astronaut Candidate

Career:  From Israel. Bachelor degree in Mathematics at the Hebrew University Jerusalem and in Economics at the Tel Aviv University. He served in the Israeli Air Force (Talpiot Project) in the rank of Captain. In 2018 he took part in the ISU Space Studies Program. Currently he is an architect at Duda, Inc. He participated in a Mars analog mission in Israel as an analog astronaut as part of the DMars organization and is currently studying artificial intelligence in a study program in Israel. Besides Hebrew, Mr. Yosef is fluent in English and has good knowledge of Spanish.

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