Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Linke
Institut of Space Systems, TU Braunschweig
+49 531 391-9963
stefan.linke at tu-braunschweig.de
Things I do in 3D4Space:
My contribution to the project is to understand the selenology (geology of the Moon) and the production of regolith simulants that replicate the top layer of the Moon chemically and physically. These simulants are required for processing experiments, including the printing head of the MIRA3D rover. I also research about the extraction of certain minerals and chemical elements of the simulant which are useful for the construction and operation of a lunar base. Additionally, I characterize samples from the printed and sintered simulants to determine the material parameters and to derive possible applications from this.
What I like most about 3D4Space:
For me, the scope of the project is particularly impressive. In 3D4Space, we research the entire technological chain, starting from the raw material through the processing up to fully functional prototype systems such as the MIRA3D rover and not just individual aspects as it is common in many other projects. This provides us with a good understanding of the overall “space exploration” scenario and its future developments pathways. The multidisciplinary team involved in the implementation, with colleagues from various research institutions and industrial partners, also ensures that the personal technical horizon is broadened and motivation does not decrease.