Antonella Sgambati, WIA-E Bremen
What governs our universe and the origins of life?
These open and fascinating questions have accompanied me since my childhood. Those were the years of planning the new International Space Station (ISS), therefore I decided to study Aerospace Engineering in Naples, Italy. During my study I was able to combine the desire to explore the universe with my interest in infrastructure design that would allow us to reach it and study it closely. For now 20 years, I am involved in developing payload to be used on board of the ISS for several areas: life sciences and human physiology, material sciences and fundamental physics.
In 2011, I moved to Bremen where I work in the Human Spaceflight department at OHB System AG as Senior System Engineer / Project Manager. Daily, I collaborate with an international and multicultural team of engineers on the development of experiments for the ISS as well as new technologies, such as Additive Manufacturing for future lunar bases.
One of the most common questions I get is “How is the ISS space research benefitting Earth?”. For example, experiments performed in space help us understand the health problems associated with ageing and sedentary lifestyle. But there are many more questions we can talk about. Are you interested in knowing more?