Ulrich Walter brings space exploration keynote to Hamburg Summit
Ulrich Walter, astronaut on the STS-55 flight of the Space Shuttle in April/May 1993, has been confirmed as the keynote to this year’s Pan-European Summit Hamburg 2017.
Currently a professor in astronautics at the Technical University of Munich, Walter’s space odyssey began with studies in physics at the University of Cologne, before a year at the Argonne National Laboratories in Chicago. He then went to the University of California, Berkley as a postdoctoral student.
In 1987 he was appointed as 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 “German Satellite Data Archive” project 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 has headed the Institute of Astronautics at the Technical University of Munich, teaching and researching in the field of space robotics 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 optimisation.
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.