As a child, Thomas Uhlig had the dream of becoming an astronaut, which he almost lost sight of while studying physics: he received a doctorate in the field of nano-cosmos and operation of electron microscopes for small magnetic particles. But after a period of research at Argonne National Laboratory, his passion for space caught up with him again .
In 2005, he moved to the German Aerospace Center, where he first worked as a planner, then as Operations Coordinator and finally as Columbus flight director. A special highlight for him was being flight controller of 1E- Space Shuttle mission at the console – you could hardly get closer to being an astronaut! He headed first the training team at the Columbus Control Centre, that introduces the new colleagues to their work in the control room and certifies them, then the Geostationary Satellites Operations Group at the German Space Operations Centre (GSOC).
After working as Functional Safety Specialist, among others at BMW, he has been working in the field of business development at the German Space Operations Centre since 2022 and blogs for the GSOC.