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Conduct a system analysis of the current status of SpaceX's Starship

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SpaceX’s Starship is proposed to be a dual stage rocket that will transport a transfer vehicle for lunar and Mars missions into space. Starship is supposed to allow long-duration missions for an extended stay on Mars, facilitated by ISRU and other revolutionary technologies. These plans are ambitious and technologically demanding. In a broad analysis of mission feasibility, the following tasks are to be covered in the Bachelor thesis:

  • Determine the currently published information about Starship’s Mars mission proposal: Establish current status
  • Formulate the current baseline scenario    
    > Which technologies are required?    
    > Which elements are foreseen?    
    > What trajectories exist?    
    > Which system values exist (e.g. mass, thrust, Isp, etc)?    
    > How will infrastructure be constructed?
  • Formulate requirements    
    > Review existing requirements    
    > Derive requirements from established mission scenario    
    > Add own requirements based on own scenario or additional information from other sources
  • Analyse the sensitivity of the requirements on feasibility and overall mission design

Your qualifications:

  • Knowledge in space technology
  • Studies in aerospace or related subjects

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (f/m/x). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Volker Maiwald
Institute of Space Systems

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