Laura Winterling has been an instructor in the fields of spacecraft systems and spacecraft sensors to both European and international astronauts for more than a decade.
Laura’s educational background includes an MSc. In Physics from the University of Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany, as well as an MSc. In Organisational Psychology from UCL, London. This made her imminently suitable for her work as an astronaut officer and astronaut instructor at European Cargo Spaceship ATV, European Space Laboratory Columbus, and European Astronaut Centre, Cologne, for the European Space Agency. She is a member of two ESA Astronaut Training Teams and was instrumental in the training of the different phases of ESA’s Cargo Vessel ATC as well as the Lift Support System of ESAs space laboratory Columbus.
Amongst the over 80 astronauts she has trained, Laura Winterling includes the likes of NASA’s Kevin Ford, Ron Garan, Don Petit, Dan Burbank, Terry Virts, Mike Fossum, Chris Cassidy, and Peggy Wittson, Italy’s Paolo Nespoli, Samantha Cristoferetti, and Luca Parmitano, the United Kingdom’s Timothy Peake, and a host of others from across the globe.
Due to her work on the International Space Station (ISS) Programme, Laura Winterling has visited various Mission Control Centres across the globe. This has seen her spending time in Toulouse, France, Moscow, and Houston. She has also sat in during real-time ISS operations and observed two manned Soyuz launches in Kazakhstan.
Her love of human spaceflight has seen Laura take over a portion of the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany’s Event Management as well as founding Space Time Concepts.
As a speaker, Laura Winterling presents mostly in English and German, although she is also fluent in both Italian and Russian. Here speaking career, thus far, has seen her present and moderate for numerous and varied organisations, including, amongst many others, SpaceX, Tesla, H Hotels, IMEX, Dumont, and Ascon.
“She encouraged the 400 participants, women and men to aim high and to believe in themselves.”
“Ms. Winterling impresses with her enormous authenticity thanks to her CV. She captivates the audience with her expertise and the unique insights.”
“So inspiring and uplifting! Such an eye-opening speech”