Course paper / final thesis
Students Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical Engineering or similar
Starting date To be negotiated
Duration of contract minimum 6 months
Type of employment Full-time (part-time possible)
Institute of Space Systems
Phone: +49 421 24420-1136
DLR site Bremen
DLR Institute of Space Systems
“Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!”Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund – Chair of the DLR Executive Board
Within the Institute for Space System’s department System Analysis Space Segment, the EDEN team analyzes and develops concepts and systems for bio-regenerative life support systems for future human space exploration and in particular technologies for plant cultivation in space.
Following the development and initial operation of the EDEN ISS (semi-)closed loop greenhouse in a space-analogue environment at the Neumayer Station III in the Antarctic, the EDEN team aims to evolve the greenhouse design towards future Moon and Mars application.
As part of activities aimed at developing and building a greenhouse module for Moon and Mars, working title EDEN NEXT Gen, the EDEN team is looking for multiple students to investigate different aspects of the greenhouse design and mission within the scope of Bachelor or Master thesis projects.
Topics are open for discussion, based on students’ interests.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
system Analysis and Requirements Definition
- trade-off between different greenhouse module architectures (e.g. rigid vs. deployable vs. hybrid)
- review of existing greenhouse and habitat designs in order to synthesize requirements
- interface Design (e.g. launcher, transfer vehicle, habitat interfacing)
structural Design and Analysisre
- view of lightweight materials for rigid and inflatable/deployable structural elements
- material selection and design of a deployable membrane shell
- mechanical Interface designs (e.g. Rigid-Flexible and Flexible-Flexible material interfaces)
- packaging and Deployment Strategy Design (e.g. Deployment mechanisms)
- secondary Structure and Outfitting Design
- load Analysis and Structural Modeling
nutrient Delivery System
- design of a high pressure aeroponic nutrient delivery system
- analysis of decontamination strategies for nutrient solutions (e.g. ozone, hydrogenperoxide)
Atmosphere Management System
- design and analysis of habitat-greenhouse gas exchange strategies (e.g. direct exchange vs. capture and storage of CO2 and O2)
- engineering student (mechanical, aerospace, electrical, etc.)
- strong affinity with human space flight and/or horticultural science
- good skills with MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio)
- excellent English proficiency
- specific knowledge related to the subject of choice (e.g. CATIA skills, knowledge of textiles and plastics, FEA skills)
Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.