People / Artur Scholz

About Artur Scholz

I have always been fascinated by space and programming – and that is still true today! That is why I studied space engineering and have ever since been an active programmer.

Working for ESA as a spacecraft operations engineer, I am involved in the Cluster-II mission that studies the Earth’s magnetosphere and in the upcoming JUICE mission that will explore Jupiter and its icy moons.

I am promoting the idea of open source, which was a great revelation to me: to share code with others, to promote true collaboration. That is why I founded LibreCube Initiative and also support many other activities to promote open source space engineering for the benefit of all.

artur.scholz@esa.int artur.scholz@librecube.org
+49 6151 903377 +49 1573 6378863

Work Experience

Jun ’18 – Present

Spacecraft Operations Engineer – ESA JUICE Mission
Visionspace Technologies GmbH, Germany

  • Responsible for onboard data handling unit
  • Supporting subsystem reviews
  • Support of OPEN mission preparations environment development
Jul ’16 – Present Spacecraft Operations Engineer – ESA Cluster-II Mission
Visionspace Technologies GmbH, Germany
(same responsibilities as below)
Mar ’12 – Jun ’16 Spacecraft Operations Engineer – ESA Cluster-II Mission
etamax space GmbH, Germany

  • Payload operations coordination and special platform operations
  • Anomaly investigations and monitoring
  • Spacecraft performance analyses
  • Mission planning and automation support
  • Eclipse recoveries, on-call duties and reporting
  • Flight procedure development and maintenance
Aug ’08 – Jan ’12 Junior Project Manager – PACE Nanosatellite Mission
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

  • Project management and chief system engineering
  • Interface with National Space Organization of Taiwan for development and testing
  • Planning and development of satellite engineering model
  • Implementation of attitude control algorithm based on magnetorquers and momentum wheel
  • Development of digital sun sensor
Oct ’04 – Jun ’06 Junior Project Manager – COMPASS-1 Picosatellite Mission
Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany

  • Project management and chief system engineering
  • Interface with National Space Organization of Taiwan for development and testing
  • Planning and development of satellite engineering model
  • Implementation of attitude control algorithm based on magnetorquers and momentum wheel
  • Development of digital sun sensor

Education

2006 – 2008

Master of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

  • Thesis: Implementation of advanced attitude determination and control techniques for nanosatellites
1999 – 2004

Diploma Engineer (FH) in Astronautical Engineering
Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany

  • Thesis: Design and development of a command and data handling system for a picosatellite
  • Semester abroad at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
  • Student exchange program with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Activities

 

Administrator and Mentor of ESA Summer of Code in Space ESA Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS) is a program run by the European Space Agency that focuses on bringing student developers into open source software development for space applications. Students work with a mentoring organization on a 3 month programming project during their summer break. I oerganized the 2019 edition of SOCIS.
Mentor for Google Summer of Code Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. I mentored a project to develop a parser for ECSS PLUTO scripts to Python language.
Founder of LibreCube Initiative LibreCube’s our vision is to enable everyone to get involved in building systems for exploration of near and remote locations using open source hardware and software. We believe that discovering new worlds and getting scientific insights should be a matter to all humankind.
Technical Committe Member of Open Source CubeSat Workshop The Open Source CubeSat Workshop (OSCW) is held yearly since 2017 and has the goal to promote open source software and hardware for CubeSat and Small Sat mission design, development, and operation.

Publications

Journal Publications

  • Scholz, A., Hsiao, T.H., Juang, J.N. and Cherciu, C., 2018. Open source implementation of ECSS CAN bus protocol for CubeSats. Advances in Space Research, 62(12), pp.3438-3448.
  • Scholz, A. and Juang, J.N., 2015. Toward open source CubeSat design. Acta Astronautica, 115, pp.384-392.
  • Scholz, A., Ley, W., Dachwald, B., Miau, J.J. and Juang, J.C., 2010. Flight results of the COMPASS-1 picosatellite mission. Acta Astronautica, 67(9-10), pp.1289-1298.

Conferences and Workshops

  • TO BE UPDATED…
  • A. Scholz, Further Standardization Potential of CubeSat Missions, 7th Pico- and Nano-Satellite Workshop, Wuerzburg, 2013
  • A. Scholz, J.J. Miau, J.C. Juang, In-Orbit Testing of Attitude Control Laws on the PACE
    Nanosatellite Platform, 4th European CubeSat Symposium, Brussels, 2012
  • A. Scholz, J.C. Juang, J. Piepenbrock, Concept of a Lunar Positioning System, Global Lunar
    Conference, Beijing, 2010
  • A. Scholz, W. Ley, B. Dachwald, J.J. Miau, J.C. Juang, Flight Results of the COMPASS-1
    Picosatellite Mission. Acta Astronautica, Vol. 67, pp. 1289-1298, 2010
  • A. Scholz, J.J. Miau, J.C. Juang , PACE – Taiwan’s First Nanosatellite for Evaluation of Momentum-
    Biased Attitude Control, 7th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation, Berlin, 2009
  • W. Ley, A. Scholz, H. Kayal, Handbook of Space Technology – Chapter System Design Example:
    CubeSat, Wiley, 2009
  • A. Scholz, J.J. Miau, J.C. Juang, Miniature Digital Sun Sensor for Application in Nano- and
    Picosatellites, CubeSat Developers Workshop, San Luis Obispo, 2008