Academic Career and Research Areas
The Chair of Space Propulsion and Mobility at the Technical University of Munich, led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Chiara Manfletti, combines numerical and experimental expertise in three key focus areas: - Innovative propulsion systems for the democratisation of access to space; - Satellite and in-space propulsion and operations concepts for autonomy and sustainability; - Intelligent propulsion systems with health monitoring and innovative AI and Data-based control systems.
Prof. Manfletti holds a degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London (2001), a masters from the International Space University (2002) and a PhD from RWTH Aachen (2010). She worked for the German Aerospace Center. In she 2016 joined the European Space Agency as Programme Advisor to the Director General preparing Ministerial Meetings and coordinating programmatic content. In 2019 she was nominated the first President of the Portuguese national space agency. Today she is Professor at TUM and Director and COO of Neuraspace.
- National Defence Medal 1st class from the Minister of Defence of Portugal (2020)
- Medal of Merit from the Minister of Science, Technology, and Higher Education of Portugal (2020)
Key Publications (all publications)
Bombardieri, C. and Traudt, T. and Manfletti, C. (2019) Experimental study of water hammer pressure surge. Progress in Propulsion Physics, Vol 11, pp. 555-570.Abstract
Manfletti, C. and Wörner, J. (2018) Space Safety for Europe: A proposal for the protection of our planet, of humanity, and assets in space and on Earth from dangers originating in space. 7th IASS Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructures, 2018, 2-3 August, Mamaia, Romania.
Traudt, T. and Bombardieri, C. and Manfletti, C. (2016) Influences on Water Hammer Wave Shape: and Experimental Study. CEAS Space Journal, Vol 8, pp. 215-227.Abstract
Manfletti, C. (2014) Laser Ignition of an Experimental Cryogenic Reaction and Control Thruster: Pre-Ignition Conditions. Journal of Propulsion and Power, ISSN 0748-4658.Abstract
Manfletti, C. (2014) Laser Ignition of an Experimental Cryogenic Reaction and Control Thruster: Ignition Energies. Journal of Propulsion and Power, ISSN 0748-4658.Abstract