Martin Buscher

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Martin is the project leader and initiator of MarconISSta. His main tasks are the management of the project and the negotiations with ESA, DLR and ARISS. He also developed the operations concept for the payload. Besides MarconISSta, he currently leads a DLR funded project called SALSA in which a spectrum analyzer payload for small satellites is being developed.

Jens Großhans


Jens is a research assistant at the chair of space technology at TU Berlin and the systems engineer in the SALSA project. In MarconISSta he supports the students with his background knowledge on the LimeSDR payload.


Alexander Balke
Alex B. is a student worker in SALSA and our FPGA expert.

Alexander Bauer

Alexander Bauer joined in April 2018 as an experienced Python coder. He works on the waterfall diagram and its interface to the main GUI.

Alexander Lohse

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Alex L. is part of the structures team.

Alexander Maaß


Alex M. is a radio amateur and our expert on SDRs, ham radio and FPGA development. He works on the functional test procedures for MarconISSta and on the software. He also was one of the main players to identify the L/S band cables that we need to connect to on the ISS.

Alex Sullivan

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Alex S. is one of the main authors for new blog posts. He also helps with the test procedures and the test conduction.

Brian Treacy


Brian helps with the project management, documentation and verification processes.

Connor Jonas


Connor is the lead of MarconISSta’s structures team. He 3D-printed the Astro Pi and ARISS Pi, designed the first housing for MarconISSta and helps in defining the requirements for MarconISSta.

Fynn Boyer

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Fynn joined in April 2018 and created the Python/ Qt frontend based on our requirements and the design of Tobias and Robert. He also filled the interfaces of all buttons and fields of the GUI with life.

Ilja Skrypnyk


Ilja assembled the first Astro Pi. He also works on the calibration and operations procedures, and helps with the test procedures for the verification process. He and Jitendra wrote a student paper on the team’s efforts for the Small Sat Conference in Logan which will hopefully be accepted.

Jitendra Bhat


Jitendra is the lead of the verification team and drafts procedures and test reports for EMC and Vibration. He accompanied the vibration testing at Astrofein and the EMC testing at ArianeGroup in Bremen. He and Ilja wrote a student paper on the team’s efforts for the Small Sat Conference in Logan which will hopefully be accepted.

José Manuel Diez Lopez

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José joined late in April 2018 but immediately took lead of the GUI development team. He works on the SQL database, backend and connection of the interfaces, showing off with his experience in Python coding and excellent planning skills.

Leonard Kobow

Leo was waiting for some software tasks to work on and now found them in the GUI development. He works on the 2D visualization of the spectrum data and the interface to the main GUI.

Max Kramer

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Max helped with the design of the housing and the analysis of the thermal characteristics. For that, he calcualted the heat that will be dissipated by the housing’s grid structure.

Rishi Jaiswal


Rishi is working on the Operations manual of MarconISSta. He also helps with online research on required components.

Robert Marx

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Robert joined the project in early 2018 and from this moment tried to work on as many issues as possible. He worked on the checkout campaign of the hardware and is part of the software development team.

Tim Gräfje

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Tim is our software expert and works on the configuration of the Astro Pi / ARISS Pi. He developed the software routines for remote control of the Pi and modified the open source software RX power to our needs.

Tobias Planitzer

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Tobias assembled the first Astro Pi and is part of the structures team. He also helps with the test procedures for the touch test and accompanied the temperature testing. Now he supports the Python coding for GUI development.

Former team members

Aby Tom

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Aby helped with the configuration of the Astro Pi / ARISS Pi before changing to another university. Good luck for your future!

Alexander Linossier

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Alex created the MarconISSta logo before leaving the country for his Master’s thesis. Good luck with your upcoming activities!

Rudolph Berger
Rudi assembled the first ARISS Pi.

Lakshya Datta


Laksh helped with online research of required components.