Projects and other activities



AFFECTS is a space research project under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union. It will provide advanced early space weather warning to protect communication systems.

role: Project coordinator
web: AFFECTS project website

CGAUSS - Coronagraphic German And US SolarProbePlus Survey

NASA’s Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission will be a historic project, exploring in-situ the Sun’s outer atmosphere or corona – Mankind’s first visit of s star. CGAUSS is the german contribution to the Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe (WISPR) Plus. Launch of the SPP mission is planned for 2018.

role: CGAUSS Project Lead; WISPR Co-Investigator and member of NASA’s Solar Probe Plus Science and Technology Definition Team (STDT)
web: Solar Probe Plus website


The eHeroes project (Environment for Human Exploration and RObotic Experimentation in Space) is an European Commission funded FP7 project. Its goals are to zero-in on the physics of all aspects of space weather, on the relevant data sources and on the design mathematical models that can address them, to develop specific models to forecast space weather activity and to investigate the effects of space weather on space exploration, focusing on the robotic and human missions of exploration.

role: Lead of UGOE contribution to Work Package 3 "Source region, acceleration mechanisms and interplanetary propagation of SEPs"
web: eHeroes web page

ESA Astrium SN-II

Implementation Design Study of Space Weather Instruments

role: Project coordinator of space weather instrumentations and related science advice

HELCATS - Heliospheric Cataloguing, Analysis and Techniques Service

The project brings together key European expertise in solar storm observations and modelling to address the important issue of how these potentially hazardous storms can be tracked as they speed out from the Sun.

role:Consortium Institute
web: HELCATS project website


Helios-A and Helios-B (also known as Helios 1 and Helios 2), were a pair of space probes orbiting the Sun in highly elliptic orbits to study the interplanetary medium between Sun and Earth. The mission launched from the John F. Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Dec. 10, 1974, and Jan. 15, 1976, respectively was was a joint venture of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and NASA.

role: Ph.D. and postdoctoral research on plasma and magnetic field data.
web: MPS Helios website

OPTIMAP - OPerational Tool for ionosphere Mapping And Prediction

A project in collaboration with the German Geodetic Research Institute, Munich, aiming at providing advanced predictions for ionospheric VTEC conditions in near real-time up to several days in advance based on analysis of solar impact parameters, for German's Space Situational Awareness Center.

role: Project coordinator

Proba 2

PROBA2 is an ESA micro-satellite launched on November 2, 2009 from the Russian launch base Plesetsk. PROBA2 carries two solar instruments (SWAP and LYRA) and two instruments to study the space environment surrounding the spacecraft (DSLP and TPMU).

role: Science consortium member for LYRA and SWAP instruments
web: Proba 2 Mission website

SFB 963 - Astrophysical Flow Instabilities and Turbulence

A collaborative research project to investigate the common underlying physical processes of Astrophysical Flow Instabilities and Turbulence.

role: Principal Investigator of project A2 “From solar to heliospheric flows and instabilities”
web: SFB 963 website


SOHO, the Solar & Heliospheric Observatory, is a project of international collaboration between ESA and NASA to study the Sun from its deep core to the outer corona and the solar wind.

role: Member of SOHO science consortium; contributions to SOHO/LASCO/EIT reserach
web: SOHO website

Solar Orbiter

ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission will perform a close-up study of the Sun and inner heliosphere in collaboration with NASA. Launch of the Solar Orbiter Mission is planned for 2017.

role: Co-Investigator of the Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager (Solo-HI) instrument
web: ESA Solar Orbiter website

Solar Sailing

The collaborative Gossamer Roadmap of DLR/ESA focuses on the technical aspects for solar sail propulsion. The DL1 Working Group of the project will study a solar sail based ’space-weather’ mission in a halo orbit around a point in space which is Displaced sunward of L1.

role: DL1 Working Group Member
web: DLR Solar Sailing website


The EU FP7 project SOTERIA creates synergies in the fields of solar-space and geo-physics among different centers in a number of European countries to achieve a higher level of quality and accessibility for the observational data and for the models. The studies conducted involve the analysis and processing of the relevant data from 18 satellites, including several ESA and other European satellites. The study will be complemented by a large set of data from European ground-based observatories.

role: Lead of SOTERIA Work Package 3 "Chromosphere and Corona"
web: SOTERIA website


STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) is the third mission in NASA's Solar Terrestrial Probes program (STP). Since launch in October 2006 the mission has provided a unique and revolutionary view of the Sun-Earth System. STEREO consists of two nearly identical observatories - one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind.

role: Project Lead of Stereo/Corona, a science and hardware contribution to the optical imaging package SECCHI of the NASA STEREO mission; Member of NASA’s STEREO Science Definition Team (SDT) and Co-Investigator of the SECCHI and IMPACT instruments
web: DLR STEREO website, NASA STEREO website


The main scientific goal of the joint ESA-NASA Ulysses deep-space mission was to make the first-ever measurements of the unexplored region of space above the Sun's poles. Launched on 6 October 1990, the mission ended on 30 June 2009 after 6842 days (18 years 8 months 24 days) in orbit.

role: Member of Ulyssses science consortium. Research on Ulysses energetic particle and plasma data as ESA/ESTEC research fellow.
web: NASA ULYSSES website

Links to other activities


COST 724

ESA Space Weather Working Team

EU INTAS 03-51-6206

German Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance Network

International Heliospheric Year

NASA International Living With a Star

Planetarium Hamburg