Petra Mittler

Senior ESA Operations Support Engineer & Business Development Manager

In 1990, she joined DLR and worked in the Crew Operations department, which she was responsible at the time for preparing the German Spacelab mission D-2, a 10-day mission with 2 German and 5 U.S. American astronauts. Her task was to develop the schedule for the experiment programme. The task was to coordinate a total of 90 experiments that were to be carried out within the 10 days of flight. During the actual D-2 mission, she worked as a flight controller at GSOC, the German Space Operations Centre, in Oberpfaffenhofen.

Later, she worked as the astronaut training coordinator for the ESA mission EuroMir 95. On the German MIR 97 mission, I was responsible for the German astronaut’s on-board computer to support the crew.

Since 2000, she has been working as a DLR member for the ESA Space Medicine Team, based at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne. Here she was responsible for the on-board implementation of medical care of ESA astronauts during their pre-, in-, and post-flight phases of the mission.

More recently, in her role as a DLR Space Operations business development team member she has taken over the project coordination of the joint ESA/DLR project LUNA. LUNA is an analogue facility that ESA and DLR plan to build together on the DLR campus in Cologne.

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