The Team


We are Moonaixperts. A team of RWTH Aachen University students with different skills in physics, mechanics, electrotechnology, aerospace and mining. Our team is participating in 'Over The Dusty Moon Challenge' hosted by Colorado School of Mines & Lockheed Martin. After long hours of designing, development & calculating our system approach, our efforts paid off! At this moment our team is building the system prototype for the 2nd Phase of the challenge.


Jonathan Knubben


I am Jonathan - 22 years old and at the end of my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a specialization in Aeronautical Engineering. My goal is to work in the space industry to have an impact on the future of the human species and therefore I am looking forward to going deeper into Astronautics in my master’s study. Besides my studies, I work as a design engineer, and I also do this as a hobby with my CNC milling machine and 3D printers. I spend most of my free time at my desk creating new CAD models or at my workbench screwing things together, soldering or testing new electronical circuits.

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Leonard von der Pfordten

Financing VTM

our Drill Sergeant

I’m a Business Engineering student at RWTH Aachen University and a research assistant at the Fraunhofer ILT in Aachen. The Over The Dusty Moon Challenge directly piqued my interest. The idea of making the human species multiplanetary is both fascinating and motivating for me. This competition is my first attempt to actively contribute to this goal. 

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Taner Dogan



our Junior Einstein

Hi, I am Taner Dogan. I am 21 years old and grew up in Solingen, Germany. In my free time, I like doing sports, especially bouldering and Muay Thai. In 2018/2019, I did a volunteering service as an English teacher in Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador. Since October of 2019 I have been studying at the RWTH-Aachen University. My field of study is physics, and I am in the fifth semester of my bachelor's program at the current time. Not only as a physicist, but also as a human being, I seek innovation and sustainable development. I am very interested in the future development of humanity, especially regarding space exploration and I want to have an impact on those fields.

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Annika Tromm

Financing HTM


our Full-Time Vacationer

My name is Annika, and I am 20 years old. I am currently in my fifth semester of my bachelor’s program Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering at RWTH-Aachen University. Since I was a young child, I have been interested in space. I want to have an impact on the further development of humanity and infrastructure in space. Therefore, I chose aerospace engineering as my specialization. I hope to work in this field after my studies. In my free time, I like to do sports, especially rowing and skiing. Furthermore, I like to face new challenges. Now I am teaching myself programming.

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Walter Gemassmer



our Part-Time Vacationer

My name is Walter, and I am 21 years old. I was born in a village in South Tirol but was raised in Rome. After graduating at the German school in Rome, I left Italy to study industrial engineering in Aachen. I am currently in my 7th bachelor semester and have chosen to specialize in aerospace engineering. In my free time, I enjoy practicing sports, particularly soccer and table tennis. I am thrilled to participate in this challenge, which focuses on one of the most important aspects of lunar missions, namely ISRU.

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Pooria Eshtiaghi

Transitions and Performance


our Bibliophiler

My name is Pooria. I am 25 years old and a Master student in mineral resources engineering with specialization in mining at RWTH Aachen University. Besides my master's degree I work as a research assistant in the Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering. I have come to know ISRU when I was involved with NASA’s RASSOR Bucket Drum Challenge. I found this topic remarkably interesting and therefore, I continued to contribute to SILER Project and attended Space Resources Week and Moon Village Association respectively as a poster presenter and speaker. I am looking forward to writing my master thesis about space resources.

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Constantin Schulte

Power Supply


our Joke Producer

I am Constantin Schulte, a 20-year-old student of electrical engineering from Essen, Germany. I will finish my bachelor’s degree this year at the RWTH Aachen University. My interests are mostly technology- and space-related. I believe that technologies developed for space flight will help solve engineering problems on earth – especially combating climate change. After a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, I hope to work in the field. Besides my studies, I currently work as a programmer for an Aachen-based startup analyzing the sensor data of large-scale battery systems.

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Johann Flach

Mechanical Design


our Executive Philosopher

My name is Johann, and I am a 24-year-old mechanical engineering student and currently finishing my bachelor's degree at RWTH-Aachen University. Ever since I was a young boy, I have been fascinated by two things: space exploration and philosophy. Devoting my career to aeronautical engineering, I am hoping to do my part in the colonization of our night sky. To put it into the words of Immanuel Kant: “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."

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