Ulrich Walter, born in 1954, is a full professor for astronautics at the Technical University at Munich, Germany.
After his studies of physics at the University of Cologne he spent one year at the US research laboratory Argonne National Laboratories in Chicago, then he went to the university of California, Berkeley for a year as a postdoctoral student. In 1987 he was appointed to be a member of the German team of astronauts, and until the start of the Shuttle Mission STS-55 from April 26 till May 6, 1993, he was trained at the German Aerospace Center DLR in Köln- Porz as well as at the NASA Space Center in Houston. In 1994 he became project leader of the major project “German Satellite Data Archive” of the German Remote Data Sensing Center of the DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich. In 1998 he went to the IBM Development Laboratory in Böblingen as a program manager in charge of development and consulting for IBM software products as project leader and lead consultant.
Since March 2003 he is heading the Institute of Astronautics at the Technical University at Munich teaching and researching in the field of space robotic and exploration technology. His main focus is on on real-time telerobotics in space, intersatellite communication technologies, technologies for planetary exploration, and system modeling and optimization.
Ulrich Walter is president of the Hermann-Oberth-Museum in Feucht, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Deutsches Museum (German Technical Museum), Munich, and of the Board of Trustees of the Science and Technology Center, Freiburg.
Walter has been awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Wernher von Braun Medal. He is bearing the honorary professor of the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University of Ukraine, the honorary doctor of the Technical University of Ukraine, Kiev, and was elected “German Professor of the year 2008” in the class engineering sciences and informatics.