Dr. Michael Steindorfer

Group Leader

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Lustbühel Observatory


Publications in ADS

34 (First Author: 11, Refereed: 12)

List of Selected Publications

  • Megahertz repetition rate satellite laser ranging demonstration at Graz observatory, Optics Letters, 2021
  • Daylight space debris laser ranging, Nature Communications, 2020; selected as Editors’ Highlight 2020 - Astronomy and planetary science
  • Attitude determination of Galileo satellites using high resolution kHz SLR, Journal of Geodesy, 2019
  • Satellite-Relayed Intercontinental Quantum Network, Physical Review Letters, 2018
  • Stare and chase of space debris targets using real-time derived pointing data, Advances in Space Research, 2017

Research Interests

  • Satellite laser ranging
  • Space debris laser ranging
  • Attitude determination
  • Real-time image analysis
  • Satellite geodesy
  • Optics, optical raytracing simulations

Career Summary

since 2022     Interim Group Leader Satellite Laser Ranging, Institut für Weltraumforschung, ÖAW, Austria
since 2015     at Institut für Weltraumforschung, ÖAW, Austria
2014               PhD in Physics, University of Graz
                        (related topics: nanotechnology, optics, biomimetics, structural colors, 3D laser lithography)
2010               MSc in Physical Engineering, Graz University of Technology

Other Involvements

  • 2022   Member of the Change Control Board, ESA Space Safety Expert Centre
  • 2022   International Program Committee of the 22nd International Workshop on Laser Ranging, Yebes, Spain
  • 2021   Chair of Space Debris Study Group of the International Laser Ranging Service
  • 2019   Session Chair: Novel concepts to improve the SLR network, ILRS Technical Workshop, Canberra, Australia
  • 2018   Session Chair: Orbit Determination & Propagation, 21st International Workshop on laser ranging, Stuttgart, Germany


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