TEAM

Wanting to build a Mars Rover is an ambitious undertaking.

Especially for a team of young scientists without a head-start in the space industry – but dreaming big is what we do. Over the past four years, what started as a school project has grown to more than 50 bright and driven people rethinking the current approach to Mars exploration. Our interdisciplinary team is spread out over four countries and 12 sub-teams designing, developing the next-generation Mars rover and everything around it.

 
Julian Rothenbuchner

Julian
Rothenbuchner

Co-Founder
Technical Manager

 

Nicola
Weiroster

Co-Founder
Business Manager

 
 

The Teams

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING VIENNA

One of our more hands-on teams, AE Vienna spent most of 2020 building and improving the Tumbleweed V3 prototype. With the development of the V4 prototype, AE Vienna will take part in the design process to help make it a reality.

Michael Sandrieser

Lead Structural Engineer Vienna

Linda Oster

Vice Lead Structural Engineer

Matthias Estermann

Structural Engineer

Matthias Meschik

Structural Engineer

Noah Nasr El-Din

Structural Engineer

Tobias Gaggl

Structural Engineer

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

As developing a Mars rover requires a considerable amount of resources and financial support, the business team works hard to guarantee us the necessary funding, acting as a support entity for the other teams. They also work closely with our partners to ensure our collaborations run smoothly.

Gurubharan Ganeson

Vice Lead Business Strategist HR Strategist

Alexander Proier

Legal

Alexander Walther

Legal

Andrea Battegazzore

Business Strategist
Mission Design Engineer

Aran Berzingi

Business Strategist

Felix Ambros

Business Strategist

Kristián Cuervo

Business Strategist
Mission Design Engineer

Leonhard Goliasch

Business Strategist
Visual Design

ELECTRICAL DEVELOPMENT

Split up into two locations, the Electrical teams currently each have individual objectives: While the Vienna team is busy with the current prototype’s electronics and software, its Delft counterpart is mainly concerned with planning, designing, simulating and defining requirements for the electrical system of the final space-grade grade version of the Tumbleweed rover. 

In the future, the two locations will work together to manufacture, integrate and test all the electric and electronic components of the Tumbleweed.

Felix Abel

Lead Electrical Engineer

Cristian Ferent

Electrical Engineer

David Ojea

Electrical Engineer

Mateo Menvielle

Electrical Engineer

Rahul Unnikrishan

Electrical Engineer

Stephan Steiner

Electrical Engineer

Sudarshan Bhat

Electrical Engineer

Sritharan Thirumalai Kumaran

Electrical Engineer

Vera Pamminger

Electrical Engineer

HUMAN RESOURCES

HR makes sure communication within the team runs smoothly. The subteam’s responsibilities include handling the recruiting process from application to onboarding and supporting us with any issues that may arise for members.

Sebastian Astl Delgado

Lead HR
Business Strategist

Stefan Faistenauer

HR Member
Business Strategist

Timon Schnauffer

HR Manager

MISSION DESIGN

What does a Mars mission look like? This questions has many aspects to it, giving Mission Design lots of subjects to work on: orbit analysis for a Mars mission, the type of orbit insertions we would require, the area covered by a rover in one Martian day and many more.

Luciano Pastinante

Lead Mission Design Engineer

Lorenz Veithen

Vice Lead Mission Design Engineer

Camal Tahireddine

Mission Design Engineer

STRUCTURES

The Structures team develops the mechanical, structural and material aspects of the Tumbleweed, like designing the shape, sails and collapsing mechanism. They also develop the pods, the housings for most of the electronics aboard a Tumbleweed.

Lucas Cohen

Lead Structural/Pods Engineer

Austin Phillips

Vice Lead Pods Engineer

Alessandro Battegazzore

Structural Engineer

Hugo Buurmeijer

Structural Engineer

Marco Rubaga

Structural Engineer
External Communication Delft

Tilen Potocnik

Pods Engineer

Tom Weering

Pods Engineer

MEDIA

As one of the few non-technical subteams, Media is responsible for most of what you see of Team Tumbleweed around the internet. This includes producing content for and running our various social media accounts, as well as the website.

Amelie Finan

Lead Media

Onė Mikulskytė

PR Strategist

Sara Toth

PR Strategist
Visual Design

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Our Software team works to design a computer system that can coordinate our payloads’ functions, such as visual odometry from multiple cameras and processing scientific data to decide what and how we can send it back to Earth.

Jakub Łabor

Lead Software Engineer

Ariel Simulevski

Technical Director

Mathis Van Eetvelde

Software Developer

Max Podpera

Max Podpera

Software Developer
Facebook

Morten Holst

Software Developer

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