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Electronics and communications engineer, and specialist in space operations, Hans Joachim Panitz has held a key position in the preparation and operation of a number of satellite projects and in the European contribution to the first Spacelab Mission in 1983. He is currently payload operations manager for the first German Spacelab Mission, which is to be launched in October 1985, and is, among other things, responsible for the training of the astronauts.
Hans Joachim Panitz obtained a degree in engineering at the University of Karlsruhe in 1958, and became a development engineer for electronics and remote-control devices in an industrial company. Subsequently, he carried out studies in control theory and computer-control techniques at the German Aerospace Research Establishment’s Institute for Guidance and Control.
ln 1965, he left Germany to join the European Space Research Organization (ESRO) and work as a systems engineer for electrical systems and ground checkout in the first ESRO satellite team (ESRO Il) at the European Space Technology Centre at Noordwijk in the Netherlands, where he was later promoted to head of the satellite support section.
ln 1969, Panitz returned to Germany and the German Aerospace Research Establishment as head of the space projects support division. In particular, he had responsibility for the Helios A solar probe, which, on 10 December 1974, was launched into orbit around the sun to investigate magnetic fields, solar wind, cosmic particles and micrometeorites; and for Helios B, which was launched on 15 January 1976 into the same orbit, as a solar observatory.
Published in 1987