Prof. Dr. Alessandro Golkar


Space Systems

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research activity of Prof. Alessandro Golkar focuses on advanced space mission concepts and systems engineering research, supporting new capabilities for pico- and nanosatellites, and enabling the next generation of satellite constellations and distributed satellite system concepts.

Prof. Golkar has joined TUM on September 1, 2022, founding the Chair of Pico-, Nanosatellites, and Satellite Constellations. Prior to TUM he has spent ten years as one of the first faculty members of Skoltech, a graduate research university based in Moscow focused on the development of applied research and fostering technology entrepreneurship. From 2017-19, Prof. Golkar served as Vice President in the Technology Roadmapping and Planning department of Airbus CTO in Toulouse France. He holds a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.


  • Karman Fellow (2021)
  • Senior Member IEEE (2018)
  • Overall Winner Copernicus Masters (2017)
  • 1st Prize ESA Sentinel Small Satellite Challenge (2017)
  • Top Performer Award, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (2015)

Poghosyan, A., Golkar, A., “CubeSat Evolution: Analyzing CubeSat Capabilities for Conducting Science Missions”, Progress in Aerospace Sciences, Volume 88, p. 59-83, 2017.


Golkar, A., Lluch, I., “The Federated Satellite Systems Paradigm: Concept and Business Case Evaluation”, Acta Astronautica, February 2015, doi 10.1016/j.actaastro.2015.02.009.


Matevosyan, H., Lluch, I., Poghosyan, A., Golkar, A., “A Value-Chain Analysis for the Copernicus Earth Observation Infrastructure Evolution: A Knowledgebase of Users, Needs, Services, and Products”, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine, Vol. 5, Issue 3, 2017.


Selva, D., Golkar, A., Korobova, O., Lluch, I., Collopy, P., de Weck, O.L.,  "Distributed Earth Satellite Systems: What Is Needed to Move Forward?" Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, Vol. 14, No. 8 (2017), pp. 412-438.


Camps, A., Golkar, A., Gutierrez, A., Ruiz de Azua, J.A., Munoz-Martin, J.F., Fernandez, L., Diez, C., Aguilella, A., Briatore, S., Akthyamov, R., Garzaniti, N., “FSSCAT, the 2017 Copernicus Masters’ “ESA Sentinel Small Satellite Challenge” Winner: a Federated Polar and Soil Moisture Tandem Mission Based on 6U CubeSats”, 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Valencia Spain, July 22-27, 2018.