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Merlin Barschke, M.Sc.


Research assistant

Room: F 502
Phone: +49 30 314-28743


  • Project management
  • Systems engineering
  • Scientific research
  • Supervision of theses


  • 2018 to 2019: Project manager of the research project XLink
  • Since 2017: Project manager of the research project QUEEN
  • 2013: Zero-gravity flight experiment TUPEX-4
  • Since 2013: Lead systems engineer for the microsatellite platform TUBiX20
  • Since 2012: Project manager of the microsatellite mission TechnoSat
  • Since 2012: Project manager of the microsatellite mission TUBIN
  • 2012: Project manager of the CubeSat-mission BEESAT-4
  • 2012: Project manager of the CubeSat-mission BEESAT-3


    • 2011: M.Sc. Space Technology, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
    • 2011: M.Sc. Astronautics and Space Engineering, Cranfield University, UK
    • 2009: B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering in Aerospace Technology, University of Applied Science Bremen, Germany


      • Since 2012: Research Assistant, Technische Universität Berlin
      • 2011: Project Engineer at Astrium GmbH, Friedrichshafen
      • 2009: Project Engineer at the Institute for Aerospace-Technology, Bremen

      Scientific publications

      Laser ranging to nano-satellites in LEO orbits: Plans, issues, simulations
      Citation key kirchner.2013.IWLR.Laser
      Author Kirchner, Georg; Grunwaldt, Ludwig; Neubert, Reinhard; Koidl, Franz; Barschke, Merlin; Yoon, Zizung and Fiedler, Hauke
      Title of Book Proceedings of the 18th International Workshop on Laser Ranging
      Year 2013
      Address Fujiyoshida, Japan
      Month November
      Abstract Several small satellites in the class of pico- and nano-satellites will be equipped with multiple small corner cubes: OPS-SAT (ESA), S-Net and TechnoSat (8 kg resp. 15 kg; Technical University Berlin). The size of these satellites is in the range of 10x10x30 cm, up to about 40 x 40 x 30 cm; the planned circular orbits are in the 500 - 600 km range. Commercially available 0.5” corner cubes will be used for SLR; a single corner cube of this size will be sufficient for SLR to the planned LEO orbits. Placing several of these corner cubes on each side of the satellites will not only allow for standard SLR and POD, but also for an independent attitude determination with < 1° accuracy, even after the end of the satellites lifetime, or in case of problems or satellite failure.
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