Technische Universität Dresden
Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrt
Christian Bach
Marschnerstr. 32
01307 Dresden

Phone: +49 (351) 463-38097
Fax: +49 (351) 463-38125


Project Coordinator: Technische Universität Dresden

Prof. Martin Tajmar – ASCenSIon coordinator

Prof. Dr. Martin Tajmar holds the Chair for Space Systems at the Institute of Aerospace Engineering at TUD and is the director of the institute. After research stays at NASA JPL and ESA ESTEC, the Austrian Institute of Technology as head of the space propulsion & advanced concepts department, being an associate professor at KAIST, he joined TU Dresden in 2012. He is a world-leading expert in space propulsion, particularly for advanced concepts. He has been PI/Co-PI of numerous projects with funding from DFG, DLR, NASA, ESA, US Air Force, Airbus and others (presently 18 grants at space systems chair). He has authored 75 journal papers (including Applied Physics Letters, Physical Review B, Space Science Review, etc.) and 167 conference papers. He is teaching space systems, space propulsion as well as electric propulsion and advanced concepts at TU Dresden and at the Vienna University of Technology. During his career, he supervised more than 100 Master students and 20 PhD students.

Dr. Christian Bach – ASCenSIon coordinator

As head of the research group for space transportation at Technische Universität Dresden, Christian is managing all activities in the field of launcher and lander technologies, including everything related to chemical propulsion. At the same time, he works as a lecturer in the fields of space transportation, space exploration, orbital mechanics and spacecraft design methods. Due to his experience in the conduction and risk assessment of rocket engine tests, Christian has been appointed as occupational health and safety officer at the Chair of Space Systems. At the beginning of 2019, Christian finished his Ph.D. on the system analysis and prototype development of a fluid injection induced thrust vector control for aerospike engines. Christian published a total of 25 journal and conference papers.

Ms. Alessia Gloder – ASCenSIon Project Manager

Alessia is a research associate in the working group of Space Transportation at Technische Universität Dresden and ASCenSIon Project Manager. She has a double-degree master in Thermal Power – Propulsion (Cranfield University, U.K.) and in Aerospace Engineering (University of Padua, Italy), where she graduated with an experimental thesis on the impact of the inlet flow profile on the unsteady swirl distortion characteristics of an S-duct intake using Stereo PIV methods, carried out in collaboration with Rolls-Royce. She has past academic and company experience in both technical and commercial sectors, with a focus on business development, experimental investigation of propulsion systems, and multi-physics flow analysis. She is co-owner of a patent for the design and testing of a mechanism to deploy and retrieve a tether in space. She has proven communication skills (i.e. she was a speaker at TEDx Vicenza in 2017) and organizational skills. She is also is a professional musician. She published a total of 10 journal and conference papers.

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board (SB) is established to coordinate the overall research and training activities of ASCenSIon. It consists of:

  • The Network Coordinator
  • One representative from each beneficiary
  • One representative of each academic and industrial partner organization
  • All members of the External Advisory Board
  • Two elected ESRs

The total number of SB members is 33.

The tasks of the SB are:

  • Monitoring the quality of the research and training programme
  • Ensuring an appropriate balance between training in scientific / technical and transferable skills for each ESR
  • Ensuring that the skills each ESR acquires fulfil the needs of both academia and industry to enhance the intersectoral employability
  • Establishing active and continuous communication and exchange of best practice among all participating organisations
  • Ensuring quality and quantity of supervision of the ESRs
  • Monitoring the CDP of each ESR.

The SB meetings take place annually.

Executive Board

The Executive Board (EB) is a reduced board to take into account the large number of partners. This improves the efficiency of the decision-making process and the organisation of network-wide meetings and events.

The EB will include:

  • The Network Coordinator
  • All WP leaders
  • One additional industry representative
  • Two elected ESRs.

The minimum amount of EB members is therefore 7 (and 9 with the ESRs).

The tasks of the EB are:

  • Organisation of basic aspects and decisions that do not need the presence of the whole Supervisory Board
  • Preparing the Supervisory Board meetings
  • Reporting its activities to the Supervisory Board once per year

The EB meetings take place twice per year.

ESR Assembly

The ESR assembly is the forum for all recruited ESRs to discuss their training and make recommendations/requests to the Supervisory Board. The ESR assembly will elect two representatives every year to take part into the Supervisory Board and its sub-commitees meetings.

The External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board (EAB), composed of all the external advisors involved in the project, will assess and monitor the overall progress of ASCenSIon, the scientific excellence and the impact generation and will link the project to important regions outside of Europe.

Funding and Coordination

Also see our profile at CORDIS.

The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860956.

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