Detlef Koschny - Personal Profiles
Detlef KoschnyPlanetary Scientist
Main Research Fields
NOTE: I have retired from ESA at the end of 2022, I do not mentor/tutor/supervise any Research Fellows via ESA anymore - but now from my affiliation with the TU Munich, Germany.
Anyway: My main scientific interests are cosmic dust, meteors, fireballs, and other minor bodies in the solar system, in particular asteroids. I am focussing on the analysis of observational data and the usage of optical cameras.
I currently spend part of my time as Technical Manager for the Close-Up Imager (CLUPI) on the ExoMars 2028 mission. I have a lecturer position at the Professorship for Lunar and Planetary Exploration of the Technical University Munich, teaching a course 'Near-Earth objects for engineers and physicists'.
The following bullets focus on my research activities.
- Technical Manager for the Close-Up Imager CLUPI for the ExoMars 2028 rover (via an affiliation with the Space Exploration Institute, Neuchatel, Switzerland).
- Chairing the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (www.smpag.net) on behalf of ESA.
- ground-based observations of meteors using image-intensified video systems.
- prepare for obtaining meteor observations from space.
- follow-up observations of asteroids and testing survey strategies.
- impact experiments in ice and regolith targets.
- testing cameras for ground- and space-based applications.
- Scientific instrument involvements: Co-I on CLUPI, Co-I on the scientific camera OSIRIS on Rosetta.
- Involved in ground-based fireball cameras, operating FRIPON and AllSky7 cameras.
- Data analysis of meteor and fireball data with Univ. Oldenburg, Germany
- Near-Earth object research with the Lehrstuhl für Raumfahrttechnik, Technische Universität München
- Part of the NELIOTA science team observing lunar impact flashes
- Part of the science team for the ESA/ASI mission LUMIO, to observe impact flashes on the Moon
Project/mission at ESA
These are missions I have been/am involved in (not only from a scientific point of view):
Missions in development: ExoMars 2028; LUMIO (lunar impact flash observer)
Missions which are/have been in operation: Rosetta, Smart-1, Venus Express, Chandrayaan-1 (ISRO), ExoMars 2016, BepiColombo
Before joining ESA, I was working on: Spacelab D2, Cassini-Huygens, Mars Pathfinder, Mars Polar Lander.
Mission studies: MoonNEXT, Marco Polo, MarcoPolo-R, Phootprint, Asteroid Impact Monitoring mission (AIM), Martian Moon Sample Return, Phobos Sample Return (several) - plus several internal studies done in our so-called Concurrent Design Facility.
My pages at the TU Munich: https://www.asg.ed.tum.de/en/lpe/research/near-earth-objects-and-impacts/
For the technical web portal of the Planetary Defence Office, see http://neo.ssa.esa.int.