Christian Grimm has been working as a researcher at the DLR Institute of Space Systems in the Department of Exploration Systems since 2012. While studying aerospace engineering, he participated in several international student projects and internships in industry and has worked at, among other places, the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Airbus Defence & Space (formerly EADS Astrium) in Friedrichshafen and the 'Miniatur Wunderland' in Hamburg. For his master's degree, he completed the Joint European Master Programme in Space Science and Technology (Space Master) at the University of Würzburg in Germany, at Lulea University of Technology in Sweden and at Cranfield University in England. In 2011 he finished his studies by writing a master’s thesis at DLR on the development of new adaptive rover wheels for planetary vehicles. Here, his interest in science and technologies for the exploration of the Solar System was confirmed.
Since 2012, Christian Grimm has been working as a researcher at the DLR Institute of Space Systems in the Department of Exploration Systems. Since late 2011 he has been part of the MASCOT team preparing and coordinating the mission of the asteroid lander on the Japanese parent probe Hayabusa-2. During the development phase in Bremen, Christian was responsible for ensuring that all of the different components of the lander would work together in a real situation, and that the functionalities of the individual components would not interfere with one another. In addition, he headed the test program that examined the system and the internal mechanisms in the expected environmental conditions. Finally, Christian and his team of integrators assembled the MASCOT lander in Bremen and secured it to the carrier satellite Hayabusa2 in Japan shortly before its launch.