Regina Peldszus is interested in human-technology interaction issues in high-reliability and safety-critical domains, predominantly space. This includes organizational characteristics, policy, and governance of complex large-scale sociotechnical systems including multilateral infrastructure; resilience and tacit operational practice in critical and routine scenarios; and transfer of good practice between different domains (space, nuclear, polar). From 2013 to 2015 she was an Internal Research Fellow and then external consultant at the European Space Agency, based in the Studies & Special Projects Division at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC). In 2016, she joined the department of Space Situational Awareness at the German Aerospace Center (DRL) Space Administration, working on European space policy in the area of Space Situational Awareness.

Regina has contributed to human-systems integration projects in the European, Russian, and US space sector
. She is a member of the AIAA, the IFIP TC13 Human Computer Interaction (WG 13.5 Resilience, Reliability, Safety and Human Error in System Development), and the trilateral (ESA/ CNES/ DLR) Steering Group on Human Dependability.

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2018 & forthcoming

Peldszus, R., 'Space Resilience', Handbook of Space Security: Policies, Applications and Programs, K.-U. Schrogl et al (Eds.), Heidelberg/ London: Spring Nature (in preparation)

Peldszus, R., 'Architectures of Command: The Dual-Use Legacy of Mission Control Centers' In: Geppert, Alexander C.T. (Ed.) Militarizing Outer Space, London: Palgrave MacMillan (Palgrave Studies in the History of Science & Technology) (forthcoming)

Peldszus, R. (2018), Foresight methods for multilateral collaboration in space situational awareness (SSA) policy & operations, Journal of Space Safety Engineering, 5(2), 115-120

Peldszus, R. (2018) 'Architectural Experiments in Space: Orbital Stations, Simulators and Speculative Design, 1968–82', In: Geppert, Alexander C.T. (Ed.) Limiting Outer Space: Astroculture After Apollo, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 237-58.

Invited Talks:

Space Situational Awareness and Enhancing Security and Deterrence (Panel), SSA Policy Forum, AMOS Conference, Wailea, US, 12 September 2018.

'The European Space Surveillance & Tracking Support Framework (with Roderik Dercks), 1. Nationales Symposium fuer Weltraumsicherheit', Kalkar, Germany, 25 January 2018.


Peldszus, R. (2017) 'Integrating Foresight Activities Into Space Situational Awareness Capability Development and Operations: Approaches from High Reliability Organising', Session S11 Space Traffic Control I, Proceedings of the 9th IAASS Space Safety Conference, Toulouse, 18-20 Oct 2017.

Peldszus, R. (2017) 'Human Systems Integration Considerations for Advanced Space Situational Awareness Capabilities', 5th Human Dependability Workshop (HUDEP), 14-16 Nov 2017, ESTEC, Noordwijk.

Peldszus, R. (2017) 'The power of Moore: How Moore’s microchip law is still shaping our world', New Scientist, 3110, 28 January 2017.


Peldszus, R. (2016) 'When systems go feral/ A field guide to technology gone feral' (Book Review), New Scientist, 3083, 23 July 2016.

Shephard, G. E, Dalen, K., Peldszus, R., Aparício, S., Beumer, L., Birkeland, R., Gkikas, N., Kourantidou, M., Ktenas, P., Linde, P. W., Marazzi, F., Pincinato, R. B. M., Radianti, J., Schartmüller, B., Stübner, E. I., Varnajot, A., Vullierme, M., & Zhilina, I. (2016) 'Assessing the added value of the recent declaration on unregulated fishing for sustainable governance of the central Arctic Ocean', Marine Policy, 66, April 2016, 50-57.



Peldszus, R. (2015) 'Gods of tomorrow? Technology of the future needs to be designed with a heart' (Book Review), New Scientist, 3034, 15 August 2015.

Peldszus, R. (2015) Speculative Systems: Kubrick’s interaction with NASA during the production of 2001. In: Daniels, R., Kramer, P. & Ljujic, T. (Eds.), Stanley Kubrick; New Perspectives. London: Black Dog.

ECSS (2015) ECSS-Q-HB-30A Human Dependability Handbook, Noordwijk: European Cooperation for Space Standardisation (Working Group Member).

Buckle, S., Peldszus, R. & Bessone, L. (2015) ‘Adaptation of the ISS Human Behaviour & Performance Competency Model as Observation & Debriefing Tool for Mission Control Teams During Simulations’. In: T. Sgobba und I. Rongier (Eds.): Space Safety is No Accident, 2015, London: Springer.

Peldszus, R. (2015) Towards an Organizational Human Factors Policy for the European Space Operations Centre. ESA-AMCO-TN_0012 Darmstadt: European Space Agency.

Invited Talks

‘This Is Not A Drill: Science & Technology Panel’, New Scientist at British Film Institute, London, UK, 30 May 2015 (remotely).

‘What do Simulators Want: Simulator Architecture in High-Reliability Domains’, LEAP Simulation Symposium, Lab for Emerging Arts & Performance, Berlin, Germany, 22 March 2015.

‘Blackbox Control Room: A Perspective on the Human Factors Dimension of Space Operations’, European Space Agency, Headquarters, Department of External Relations & Policy, 20 January 2015, Paris, France.


Peldszus, R. (2014) Practical Approaches to Organizational Learning from External High-Reliability and Safety-Critical Domains. ESA-AMCO-TN-0011 and ESA-AMCO-EX-0002. Darmstadt: European Space Agency.

Peldszus, R. (2014) Observations on Tacit Operational Practice from A Human Factors Perspective. ESA-AMCO-TN-0006 and ESA-AMCO-EX-0001. Darmstadt: European Space Agency.

Buckle, S., Peldszus, R. & Bessone, L. (2014) ‘Adaptation of the ISS Human Behaviour & Performance Competency Model as Observation & Debriefing Tool for Mission Control Teams During Simulations’. Proceedings of the 7th IAASS Space Safety Conference, 20-22 October 2014, Friedrichshafen, Germany (paper and talk).

Peldszus, R., Silva-Martinez, J. & Imhof, B. (2014) ‘Contemporary Human Technology Interaction Issues in Space Architecture – A Position Paper’. 65th International Astronautical Congress, 29 September – 3 October 2014, Toronto, Canada (paper).

Peldszus, R. (2014) ‘Architecture of Command – Dual-Use Legacy in Mission Control Centres of Civilian Space Operations’. Embattled Heavens: The Militarization of Space in Science, Fiction, and Politics, 10-12 April 2014, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany (talk and invited manuscript with Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2016). 

Javaux, D., Wortelen, B., Lüdtke, A., Pecheur, C., Peldszus, R., Sievi, S. and Yushtein, Yu. (2014) ‘A Methodology for Analyzing Human-Automation Interactions in Flight Operations Using Formal Verification Techniques’. Formal Verification and Modeling in Human-Machine Systems – Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium, 24-26 March 2014, Palo Alto, CA: AAAI Press, 122-127.

Peldszus, R., Dalke, H., Pretlove, S. & Welch, C. (2014) The Perfect Boring Situation – Addressing the experience of monotony during crewed deep space missions through habitability design. Acta Astronautica, 94(1), 262-276.

Invited Talks
‘Resilience in Space Operations’, Public Policy Workshop: Making Systems Resilient, Cambridge University, Centre for Science & Policy and Design Engineering Centre, 4 December 2014, Cambridge, UK.

‘Human Contribution to Resilience in Space Operations: System Characteristics & Tacit Operational Practice’, Human Factors In Control Conference – 10 Years Enabling Safe and Efficient Operations, Human Factors in Control Association/ Det Norske Veritas, 14-16 October 2014, Oslo, Norway.

‘Human Contribution to System Resilience in Space Operations: Preliminary Stages of a Study at ESOC’, 3rd Human Dependability Workshop, German Space Operations Centre, DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, 13-14 November 2014.

‘Integrate/ Speculate: Design Approaches in Space’, University of California LA, Suprastudio (Frank Gehry), Los Angeles, US, June 2014 (remotely).


Peldszus, R. (2013) Looking Over the Edge: The Value of Spaceflight for European Citizens. In: Venet, C & Baranes, B. (Eds.), European Identity Through Space. New York/ Vienna: Springer & European Space Policy Institute, 243-244.

Whitmire, A., Arias, D., Fiedler, J., Ploutz-Snyder, R., Salam, A., Peldszus, R. & Orr, M. (2013) Countermeasures and their impact on volume. NASA Human Research Investigators Workshop, 12-14 February 2013, Galveston, Texas, US (poster).

Peldszus, R. & Salam, A. (2013) 'Extent of Exposure – Risk in Space and Space Analogues'. In: Kasprzak, M. BlowUp Reader: Outer Space As Extreme Scenario. Rotterdam: V2, 41-47.

Peldszus, R. (2013) Scatter Adapt Remember (Book Review), New Scientist’s ARC, online, May 2013.

Invited Talks
‘High Security Laboratory in the Antarctic’ (1 day post-graduate workshop with Alex Salam) Newcastle University, CultureLab/ Digital Interaction Group, Newcastle, UK, September 2013.

‘Designing for Crew Behavioural Health’ (4 hours post-graduate workshop with Alex Salam), International Space University, MSc Space Studies programme, Strasbourg, France, March 2013.

‘Human-Centred Design: An Introduction’ International Space University, MSc Space Studies programme, Strasbourg, France, January 2013.

‘Countermeasures to Isolation & Monotony in Extended Exploration Missions’, NASA Behavioural Health Community of Practice (remotely), NASA Johnson Space Centre, Houston, TX, January 2013.

2012 & earlier

Peldszus, R. (2012) Safety Culture in the Post-Event Terrain: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Volume/Archis (31), 154-156.

Peldszus, R. (2012) Through the Deep Space Desert, New Scientist’s ARC: Post Human Conditions, 1(2), 82-105.

Peldszus, R. (2012) Space Cadets (Captions to Photographic Essay by Vincent Fournier on Baikonur Cosmodrome). Wired UK 3(1), 32-36.

ESA (2011) Report of the Safety Technical Working Group on Human-Rating, Nordwijk: European Space Agency (Working Group Member).

Peldszus, R. (2011) Epilogue. In: Wu, Reuben: Svalbard. London: Blurb, 42.

Peldszus, R. (2011) What To Wear On Mars This Season: The Aouda.X Space Suit Simulator. Wired UK 2(9), 30.

Peldszus, R. (2011) Out of this World: The New Field of Space Architecture (book review). Spaceflight 53(6), 241.

Hatherill, C & Peldszus, R (Eds.) (2011) DesigningScience: Fieldnotes at the Intersection of Design and Science. London: Supercollider and Design Council.

Hatherill, C. & Peldszus, R. (2011) Sylvia Earle (Interview). AnOther Magazine (21), 268-273.

Peldszus, R. (2011) Sets versus Mock-Ups – Designing Life in Fictional and Real Space Habitats, In: McRae, E. & Tutton, S. (Eds.) Star Voyager: Exploring Space On Screen. Exhibition Catalogue, Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Hardie Grant: London and Richmond, Vic., 22-33.

Haeuplik-Meusburger, S., Peldszus, R. & Enholz, V. (2011) Green House Design Integration Benefits for Extended Spaceflight. Acta Astronautica 68 (1-2), 85-90.

Peldszus, R. (2010) Space Architecture (conference review), Icon (10), 74.

Peldszus, R. (2010) A New Old Field: Current Developments in Space Architecture and Design. The Aerospace Professional, (3), 22.

Peldszus, R. & Dalke, H. (2010) Spaceflight Settings as Laboratory for Critical Design. 6th Swiss Design Network Conference: Negotiating Futures – Design Fiction, October 2010, Swiss Design Network, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland: Basel, 118-133.

Peldszus, R. (2008) Human Factors Evidence Collection for Future Systems: Feasibility Study. Cologne: European Space Agency, European Astronaut Centre.

Invited Talks
‘Space Design’, Kosmica Mexico Symposium, Laboratoria del Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico, 27-29
September 2012.

‘Design for Deep Space Mission Scenarios’ (1 day post-graduate workshop), Royal College of Art, Design
Interactions Department, London, UK, September 2011.

‘Design for Deep Space Exploration Missions’, travelling studio ‘From the Atomic to the Cosmic’ to Chernobyl
Exclusion Zone & Baikonur Cosmodrome, Unknown Fields Division/ Diploma Unit 9, Architectural
Association School of Architecture, and Chernobyl, Ukraine, July 2011.

‘Empathy Tools’, University of the Arts/ Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Berlin, Germany, June 2011.

‘From Numbers to Narratives: Models in Space Human Factors Design on a Spectrum of Evidence and Foresight’, McGill University, Design + Computation: The Virtue of the Virtual Conference, Montreal, Canada, 18-20 May 2011.

‘Designing Emotional Survival: Immersive Models in Space Human Factors’,  Royal College of Art, Design
Interactions Department, London, UK, April 2011.

‘Critical and Speculative Design as Scenario Approach in Science & Technology’ (introduction & session moderation), Design Research Network, Feature Discussion: Before and After Critical Design, Berlin, September 2011 (remotely).

‘Design Against Boredom: Countermeasures to Monotony in Exploration Missions’, Technical University of Berlin, Department of Human-Machine Syste


2015 University Centre Svalbard (travel grant)
2015 DFG Institute of Advanced Study Fellowship, Leuphana University (fellowship)
2014 CTBTO Science & Technology 2015 (conference grant)
2011 McGill University (conference grant)
2011 Kingston University London (conference grant)
2010 British Federation of Women Graduates (grant)
2007-10 Arts & Humanities Research Council (Doctoral Research Award)
2009 European Space Agency (scholarship ISU SSP at NASA Ames)
2008 European Space Agency (Columbus Essay Contest 3rd prize & travel grant)
2007 Office of International Relations Yamal Nenets Autonomous Republic, Siberia, Russian Federation (IPY travel grant)


2014 RTL/ dtcp TV, ‘Raumfahrt – Innenarchitektur für Outer Space’
2013 Icon Magazine, ‘Future 50 in Design and Architecture’, by Owen Pritchard
2012 Milenio Diario, ‘Lujo, estilo ... del diseño espacial’ by Norma Ponce
2011 Danish Broadcasting Corporation (radio), ‘Science World’ by K. Frøkjær-Jense
2011 Domus, ‘Unknown Fields Division’ by Nelly Ben Hayoun
2011 Blueprint, ‘Profile: Regina Peldszus’ (Space Issue), by Owen Pritchard
2010 Blueprint, ‘25 Who Will Change Design & Architecture in 2010’, by Marta Baztan
2010 Wired.com/ Beyond the Beyond, ‘Design Fiction’ by Bruce Sterling
2009 Wired UK, ’Interstellar Playtime’ by Frank Swain