Johannes Weppler fell in love with space the first time he saw Captain Picard and his USS Enterprise on television. So it seemed only natural to embark on a degree programme in aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart in 2004. He graduated as an engineer in 2011 after internships at Astrium (today Airbus Defence & Space) and CSIS in Washington, D.C., as well as exchange periods at the University of Virginia (USA) and the University of Strathclyde (UK).
Johannes Weppler’s first contact with DLR was in 2010/2011, when he and some fellow students took part in the REXUS programme. Their experiment focused on space fuels and was launched aboard a small rocket that took off from Kiruna, Sweden, in February 2011. The space enthusiast has worked in the Department of Human Spaceflight, ISS and Exploration at the DLR Space Administration since 2012, where he is now in charge of the National Projects workgroup. He is the ICARUS project manager for the ‘horizons’ mission, oversees the ‘High-flyers’ programme and frequently liaises with media representatives.