European Space Agency astronaut
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2 November 1976. Mogensen enjoys rugby, basketball, squash, and fitness training. He also participates actively in several adventure sports, including scuba diving, skydiving, kite surfing, kayaking, and mountaineering. His other interests include science, in particular astrophysics, astrobiology and evolution, and literature.
Mogensen enjoys blogging about space exploration and his astronaut training activities in Danish at videnskab.dk/profil/andreas-mogensen.
Mogensen finished secondary school in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1995, graduating with an International Baccalaureate from Copenhagen International School.
He received a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London in the United Kingdom in 1999. As part of his studies, he spent six months at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Portugal.
Mogensen received a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in the United States in 2007. His research interests include guidance, navigation, and control of spacecraft during entry, descent, and landing, mission analysis and design, and trajectory optimisation.
Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Astronautical Society (AAS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Institute of Navigation (ION), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DGLR).
Mogensen began his professional career as an engineer at Schlumberger Oilfield Services, where he worked as a drilling services engineer from 2000 to 2001. He was stationed in the Republic of Congo and the Republic of Angola for the duration of his employment, working primarily on offshore oil rigs.
From 2001 to 2003, Mogensen returned to Denmark to work at Vestas Wind Systems in Ringkøbing. He was employed as a control systems engineer in the research and development department, where he designed control systems for wind turbines.
From 2004 to 2007, whilst working towards his doctorate, Mogensen worked as a research assistant at the Center for Space Research and as a teaching assistant in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, in the United States.
From 2007 to 2008, Mogensen was employed as an attitude & orbit control systems engineer by HE Space Operations. He was subcontracted to EADS Astrium in Friedrichshafen, Germany for the duration of his employment, where he worked on the ESA SWARM mission.
Prior to his selection as an astronaut in 2009, Mogensen was employed as a research fellow at the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. His research focused on spacecraft guidance, navigation and control during entry, descent and landing for lunar missions.
Mogensen was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009 and completed the astronaut basic training program at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany in November 2010. Currently, he is awaiting his first flight assignment to the International Space Station.
In addition to his ongoing training activities, Mogensen is working on the ESA lunar lander program at ESTEC, where he is involved with the design of the guidance, navigation, and control system for precision landing. Furthermore, he is working as Eurocom at the Columbus Control Center in Munich, where he communicates with the astronauts currently onboard the International Space Station.
Mogensen has also been appointed adjunct lecturer at the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Space).
Last update: 13 January 2012