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Meet Alex

Meet Alex

RAMS (reliability, availability, maintainability and safety) expert engineer

As a RAMS expert engineer for the Columbus space laboratory, Alexander deals with system failures, checking and analyzing space flight items on their nature to fail using calculations which predict the probability of failure.

Pride and teamwork

Being part of an extraordinary adventure

Once it’s revealed that an on-orbit anomaly requires repairs before experiments can be continued, I have to provide my evaluations and analyses to generate a robust concept and ensure a safe repair session can be executed by the astronauts. When I eventually see video streams showing the astronaut performing repair sessions inside the Columbus laboratory and then see astronauts recommencing experiments inside the lab, then I know that my colleagues and I did our jobs well on the ground.

That makes me proud. And it also makes me proud to know that I am part of an adventure that includes humanity’s space explorations, setting sail for future long-term missions on the moon and to Mars.

"A boundless team spirit"

Internationality is not only part of the Space Station’s name – it’s an inherent element of this multinational, peaceful project based on a boundless team spirit shared by everyone involved. And that comes through in my job every day, which includes working with the various space agencies operating the ISS under the lead of NASA, Airbus Defence and Space’ support of European Space Agency colleagues in collaboration with industry partners from across Europe and the support I exchange with international colleagues on my project team.

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