Lunar Resource Utilisation
Jürgen Schleppi graduated as a B.Eng in Aeronautical Engineering, with a major in Space Engineering, in 2012 from the Aachen University of Applied Sciences. In 2014 he subsequently received an international (Universities in Germany, Sweden, France, and Australia) M.Sc. in Space Science and Instrumentation.
His Master’s thesis in Sydney, Australia, was analyzing the performance of astronauts and rovers in a Mars Analogue scenario and was conducted in the Australian Outback.
For the two subsequent years after his Master's, he was working at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne in the field of Astronaut Training and Operations. Since 2016 he is a Ph.D. student at Heriot-Watt University in Cooperation with the European Space Agency, researching ways in which silicon solar cells, or other solar conversion devices, could be 3D printed on the lunar surface utilising the raw lunar material.