Dr. Peter Eichler


Work History



Since 1999: Astrium Space Transportation GmbH, Bremen, BU Orbital&Reusable Systems: 

 Abteilung TO51: ISS Operation Management, Crew Training

  • since 1999 Crew Instructor for ISS Astronauts on Columbus Systems (special fields: Communication System and Thermal Control System)
  • 2003 through 2005 Project Lead for Columbus Systems Training and ATV Training
  • since 2005 assignmet as Eurocom ('European Capcom', Flight Control Team position at the Columbus Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen)


1993 - 1999: Aerospace Consultant, Lockheed Martin SMSS, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, USA: 
  • Supporting the NASA Orbital Debris Project: Modeling of the current and future population of objects in Earth orbits, resulting collision risks, and consequences on planning and operation of space missions, e.g., Space Shuttle (Flight Readiness Reviews) and International Space Station (orbital debris and meteoroid environment standard model EMOD96), shielding design (program Bumper), collision avoidance maneuvers, protection of astronauts during EVA, satellite constellations (Iridium, Teledesic)
  • National and international regulations for debris mitigation, e.g., UN COPUOS, the NASA Orbital Debris Safety Handbook (NASA Safety Standard 1740.14), and Debris Assessment Software DAS
  • Lead development and maintenance of a data base of all objects launched into Earth orbit, including USSPACECOM Two Line Elements and Satellite Catalog data
  • Project lead of a study on cost-effective post mission disposal options for removing spent upper stages from orbit 'Post Mission Disposal of Upper Stages'


1986 - 1993: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Research Scientist), Technical University (TU) Braunschweig, Germany, Institute of Space and Reactor Technology:
  • Satellite orbital mechanics, orbital perturbations, orbit propagation (numerical and analytical), orbital lifetime and reentry
  • Space debris environment analysis, debris detection (optical and radar), debris modeling, and collision risk analysis
  • Responsible for acquisition and execution (key personnel) of contracts from the European Space Agency ESA (e.g., the ESA Reference Model For Space Debris and Meteoroids 'MASTER'), the German Aerospace Industry, the German Ministry of Research and Technology BMFT, and the German Space Agency DARA
  • Invention and development of mechanic and electrodynamic space tethers for the active removal of large debris objects from earth orbits (TERESA-strategy)
  • Teaching experience: supervision of numerous aerospace lectures, graduate projects, master theses, and laboratory experiments at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany