More than 40 years of experience in aircraft design, aerodynamics, load assumptions, structure calculations and tests, rapid prototyping, certification. Designer of the Elektra One, Elektra Two, Electro E6, Pretty Flight UL (2 seat), TR 230 (4 seat).
Former employment history: GROB Aerospace (high altitude aircrafts: EGRET and Strato 2C), EADS Munich. PC-Aero engineering support: Quest Aircraft (Kodiac), Diamond Aircraft (Canada and Austria), Stemme, GROB Aircraft, Solar Impulse.
Dr.-Ing. habil. Konstantin Kondak, received his diploma in Computer Engineering and Information Technologies, his doctoral and postdoctoral degree from the TU Berlin in 1999, 2001 and 2007 respectively. From 06/2008 to 10/2009, he held the position of a representative full professor at the Real-Time Systems and Robotics Group at the TU Berlin.
Since 07/2008, he has been head of the laboratory for exoskeleton robots and since 06/2006 head of the laboratory for autonomous flying robots. Since 10/2009 he has been the head of the key research area Flying Robots at DLR’s Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich.
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hirzinger received his Dipl.-Ing. degree 1969 and the doctor’s degree 1974 from the Technical University of Munich. In 1969, he joined DLR (German Aerospace Center) where he became head of the automation laboratory in 1976 and started robotic activities at DLR. In 1991, he received a joint professorship from the Technical University of Munich.
Since 1992 he has been director at DLR’s Robotics and Mechatronics center, which is one of the most acknowledged ones in the field worldwide, including not only robot development for space and terrestrial applications, but also aircraft control (including UAV’s and solar-electric stratospheric flight), self-driving electro mobility and surgical robots. He was the first one to send a small robot into space (1993 with space shuttle COLUMBIA) and remotely control it from ground. His technology transfer efforts have generated hundreds of high-tech workplaces in industry. He has received numerous high-ranked national and international awards, e.g. the IEEE fellow, pioneer and field awards, the AIAA space automation and robotics award and in Germany among many others the Leibniz-award (Germany’s highest ranked scientific award ) and the order of merit of the federal republic of Germany. He was elected as member of both German science academies (Leopoldina and Acatech). And he is now technology advisor of the Bavarian State Government and the Deutsches Museum Munich.