The Technical Research Committee conducts innovative theoretical and experimental research and development across the broad spectrum of issues relating to interstellar studies, associated sciences and the arts.
The Technical Research Committee has the purpose of conducting innovative theoretical and experimental research and development across the broad spectrum of issues relating to interstellar studies, associated sciences and the arts. The committee is chaired by Andreas Hein, himself a research scientist of several years with advanced degrees in aerospace engineering and with multiple academic technical publications behind him. He leads a team which includes Dan Fries and Martin Langer, Angelo Genovese, Professor Remo Garattini, and others.
The focus of the committee is to work on the technologies and science to go to the stars. The strategy is to concentrate on areas that we think are highly promising for conducting such a mission and at are feasible in the foreseeable future. At the same time, we also look into high-risk, high-reward areas, which have not yet been covered by existing research.
Members of the Technical Committee
Andreas received his master’s degree in aerospace engineering at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen. He is now working on a PhD at the same university in the area of space systems engineering at the Institute of Astronautics, focusing on the application of heritage technologies to space systems.
He is currently doing a research stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) System Architecture Lab under the supervision of Professor Ed Crawley, focusing on the architecture and heritage use for X-ray astronomy missions.
He spent a semester abroad at the Institut Superieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, working on the numerical simulation of hypervelocity impact of space dust on spacecraft antennas. He also worked at the European Space Agency Strategy and Architecture Office on stakeholder analysis for future manned space exploration.
In his free time Andreas founded and leads Icarus Interstellar’s Project Hyperion: A design study on manned interstellar flight. He is also a core designer and module lead of Project Icarus.
Andreas is also active in the Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Astronautics (WARR) at his home university where he founded the space elevator and interstellar flight group. He is a member of the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering – Omega Alpha Association, a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, and a member of INCOSE.
Funded by the Fulbright scholarship, Dan received his M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering in 2013 from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently working towards his German diploma at the European Space Agency. His specialisation is in advanced airbreathing and space propulsion systems as well as atmospheric reentry.
Due to his personal interest, he also has experience with systems engineering and group management. In 2013/2014 he successfully led a team at the University of Stuttgart in the International Mars Inspiration Engineering Design Contest.
Martin is received his master's degree in aerospace engineering at the Technical University of Munich and is currently a PhD student at the Institute of Astronautics at the same university. His area of expertise is small satellites.