Andreas Mogensen

Personal data

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2 November 1976, Andreas enjoys rugby, basketball, and squash. He is also active in several adventure sports, including scuba diving, skydiving, kite surfing, kayaking and mountaineering. Other interests include science, in particular astrophysics, exobiology, and evolution.

Andreas blogs about space exploration and his astronaut training activities in Danish at videnskab.dk/profil/andreas-mogensen.

Education

Andreas finished secondary school in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1995, graduating with an International Baccalaureate from the Copenhagen International School.

He received a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London in the UK in 1999. As part of his studies, he spent a semester at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Portugal.

Andreas 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.

Organisations

  • Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Member of the American Astronautical Society (AAS)
  • Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 

Experience

Andreas 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 working on offshore oil rigs.

From 2001 to 2003, Andreas worked at Vestas Wind Systems in Ringkøbing, Denmark as a control systems engineer in the research and development department, where he designed control systems for wind turbines.

From 2004 to 2007, while working towards his doctorate, Andreas was a research assistant at the Center for Space Research and a teaching assistant in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

From 2007 to 2008, Andreas worked as attitude and orbit control systems engineer for HE Space Operations. He was subcontracted to EADS Astrium in Friedrichshafen, Germany for the duration of his employment, where he worked on ESA’s Swarm mission.

Before being selected as an astronaut in 2009, Andreas was a research fellow at the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey in the UK. His research focused on spacecraft guidance, navigation and control during entry, descent and landing for lunar missions.

Andreas was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009 and completed the astronaut basic training programme at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany in November 2010. Since completing the astronaut basic training programme, Andreas has been trained and certified as a private pilot by the Lufthansa flight school and is trained and qualified for spacewalks using both the American EMU suit and the Russian Orlan suit.

Andreas participated in the ESA CAVES 2012 mission, as part of an international team of six astronauts, living underground for a week and exploring a cave system in Sardinia. The ESA CAVES training is a space-mission analogue, focusing on human behaviour and performance in extreme environments. Andreas was also selected to participate in the NASA SEATEST 2 mission, which took place in September 2013. The SEATEST 2 mission, at the Aquarius undersea research laboratory, is also an analogue for space exploration missions.

In addition to his training activities, Andreas worked for ESA on the Lunar Lander programme at ESTEC, the Netherlands where he was involved in the design of the guidance, navigation and control system for precision landing.

Andreas is a qualified Eurocom at the Columbus Control Centre in Munich, where he communicates with the astronauts on the International Space Station.

Andreas is also an adjunct lecturer at the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Space).

In August 2013 Andreas was assigned to a 10-day mission to the International Space Station to be launched 30 September 2015 on the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft. He will be the first astronaut of Danish nationality to go to space.

Last update: 2 December 2013

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