Mr. Patrick Hambloch

Research Engineer III, Rotorcraft Systems Engineering & Simulation Center (RSESC)


Patrick Hambloch is a systems engineer at the Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center (RSESC) of The University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is currently working on several projects for NASA and the US Army at Redstone.

Before joining the team at RSESC he worked at the Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany. At the MUSC he led a team of engineering and science professionals for the operations of the Materials Science Laboratory, a science payload onboard the International Space Station. In 2006 and 2007 he was responsible for the design and manufacturing of the electrical harness of the second Young Engineers' Satellite, which was launched in September 2007 from Baikonur Cosmodrome as part of the Foton-M3 mission.

Mr. Hambloch currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Workforce Development and Young Professional Program Committee of the International Astronautical Federation. He is also Director for Academic Outreach of the North Alabama Chapter of the Project Management Institute.


  • Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute
  • M.S., Space Systems Engineering, TU Delft, Netherlands
  • Diplom, Electrical Engineering, Hochschule Niederrhein, Germany


  • "Advancing Model Based Systems Engineering in Aerospace Projects", P. Hambloch, D. Arterburn, International Astronautical Congress, Guadalajara, Mexico, September 2016
  • "CIRCE - Promoting a Data E-Infrastructure for the International Space Station", P. Hambloch, R. Willnecker, L. Carotenuto, S. Barde, O. Belbis, International Astronautical Congress, Beijing, China, September 2013
  • "Hitchhiking Iridium - A Concept For Global Near Real-Time Earth Observation", P. Hambloch, P. Swan, A. Ashford, 29th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference, Nara, Japan, November 2011
  • "High Resolution and Frequent Revisits - A Feasibility Assessment of a Business Case for an End-to-End Earth Observation System", P. Hambloch, T. Huang, N. Saks, M. Koller, D. Choukroun, International Astronautical Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, October 2011
  • "Modeling, Sensitivity Analysis, and Prototyping of Low-g Acceleration Acquisition Systems for Spacecraft Testing and Environmental-Noise Measurements", S. Saponara, G. Casarosa, P. Hambloch, F. Ciuchi, L. Fanucci, B. Sarti, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Volume: 60, Issue: 2, 10.1109/TIM. 2010.2084231, February 2011
  • "Decentralized payload operations: ESA's Materials Science Laboratory in NASA's Materials Science Research Rack", L. Uffmann, P. Hambloch, A. Diefenbach, R. Willnecker, S. Steinbach, T. Enz, D. Simicic, A. Nemirovski, J. Brisset, P. Weiss, W. Aicher, SpaceOps, Huntsville, Alabama, USA, April 2010
  • "Fast and Accurate Modeling and Sensitivity Analysis of an Acquisition System for Very Low-g Accelerations to be Used in Spacecraft Testing and Environmental Noise Measurements", L. Ferrari, S. Saponara, G. Casarosa, P. Hambloch, B. Sarti, IEEE International Workshop on Robotic and Sensors Environments, Lecco, Italy, November 2009
  • "The Second Young Engineers' Satellite (YES2)", M. Kruijff, P. Hambloch, E. van der Heide, M. Stelzer, International Astronautical Congress, Hyderabad, India, September 2007