In February 2014 Andreas Rittweger was appointed Professor for Space Technology in the University of Bremen’s Faculty of Production Engineering. At the same time he became the new Director of the Institute for Space Systems belonging to the DLR (German Aerospace Center). Rittweger studied aerospace technology at the RWTH Aachen, where he was awarded his doctorate from the Institut für Leichtbau for his work on calculating anisotropic shell structures. He worked in the space industry, where he gathered experience working on the development of the Ariane 5 rocket, initially in Bremen, then later in Les Mureaux near Paris. There he led the area “Space Engineering”, and among other things was responsible for the mechanics, thermal control, and design of the Ariane 5 rocket and future delivery systems. While at the Institute for Space Systems in Bremen, Rittweger will study concepts for future space systems and space missions, design and develop small satellites and planetary landing vehicles, and participate in research on crucial system-relevant technologies for future space transport systems as well as landing and scientific missions.