Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal for Prof. Dr. Klaus Schilling


Prof. Schilling has maximized the utilization of available resources to advance the study of astronautics and related space sciences. Throughout his illustrious career, he has been dedicated to tackling visionary aerospace guidance and control challenges, spanning interplanetary missions like Cassini/Huygens and Rosetta, as well as projects involving small satellites and satellite formations. His remarkable contributions have significantly propelled the scientific state-of-the-art, earning him a distinguished international reputation.

With unwavering passion for space exploration, Prof. Schilling has been successful in inspiring students to achieve exceptional feats, as demonstrated by their notable accomplishments in projects like UWE-1 and NetSat. Many of these students have gone on to thrive in promising careers within the aerospace industry and academia. What sets him apart in his field is his highly practical approach, actively involving students in captivating space research projects that yield tangible results, culminating in actual space satellite launches.

Moreover, Prof. Schilling has demonstrated his strong commitment to the international space community through extensive involvement in various forums under the aegis of the IAF (International Astronautical Federation). This enduring engagement and his subsequent recognition with the IAF’s prestigious “Distinguished Service Award” are a testament to his enduring dedication to advancing space exploration on a global scale.

The award will be presented at the occasion of the 74th IAF International Astronautical Congress to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 2 to 6 October 2023.