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.

Regina has contributed to human-systems integration projects in the European, Russian, and US space sector
. She is a member of the AIAA, the Human Factors & Performance Technical Committee of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, the IFIP TC13 Human Computer Interaction (WG 13.5 Resilience, Reliability, Safety and Human Error in System Development), the Design Research Society, and the trilateral (ESA/ CNES/ DLR) Steering Group on Human Dependability. In 2015, she was a research fellow at the DFG Institute for Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, and has been a guest lecturer at post-graduate architecture, design, and engineering programmes including the Royal College of Art, International Space University, University of California Los Angeles, TU Berlin, TU Vienna, and the AA School of Architecture/ Unknown Fields Division during their excursion to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Baikonur Cosmodrome. 

Regina holds a PhD from Kingston University, London (Design Research Centre/ Astronautics & Space Systems Group), with a specialisation on the interface of human factors and systems design in exploration missions (AHRC Doctoral Award), and a Masters in Design Studies from Central Saint Martins. She completed programmes in space studies at the International Space University/ NASA Ames campus (Mountain View), the Swedish Institute of Space Physics/ Umea University (Kiruna), and in policy with the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO and University Centre Svalbard/ Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research. In 2007 she visited North Siberia (Yamal, Russian Federation), as a delegate of the International Polar Year. 

You can get in touch at hi (at) spaceflightdesign (dot) org or on LinkedIn


2016 & forthcoming

Peldszus, R. (2016) ‘Architectural Experiments in Space: Orbital Stations, Simulators and
Speculative Design, 1968–1982’. In: Geppert, A. T. C., (Ed.) Limiting Outer Space: Astroculture after Apollo, London: Palgrave Macmillan (Forthcoming in Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology).

Teixeira De Sousa, B., Donati, A., Özcan, E., van Egmond, R., Edworthy, J., Jansen, R.,  Kristensen, M., Peldszus, R. (2016) Designing and deploying meaningful audio alarms for control systems (AIAA-2016-2616), 14th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps), 16-20 May, Daejeon, Korea.

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(4), 50-57. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.01.013 


Peldszus, R. (2015) Integrating Insight from External Safety-Critical Domains into Space Operations. 4th Human Dependability Workshop, 6-7 Oct 2015, ESA, European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany.

Johnson, C., Feary, M., Martinie, C., Palanque, P. & Peldszus, R. (2015) IFIP WG 13.5 Workshop on Resilience, Reliability, Safety and Human Error in System Development. Proceedings of Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 663-664.

Peldszus, R. (2015) Gods of Tomorrow? (Book Review of ‘A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology From Slipping Beyond Our Control’, and ‘Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots’), New Scientist, 227(3034), 15 August 2015, 42-43.

Peldszus, R. (2015) Rehearsing Multilateral Cooperation: Insights from Collaborative International Exercises in Nuclear Verification and Satellite Operations for Arctic Governance (Poster), NVP Summer School ‘Arctic Ocean Governance As Multifunctional Challenge’, Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research, 2-11 August 2015, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway.

Peldszus, R. (2015) The Integrated Field Exercise as Case Study for High Fidelity Joint Team Training in Multilateral Complex Sociotechnical Systems (Poster), Academic Forum of the CTBT Science & Technology Conference, 22-26 June 2015, Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria.

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, 234-252.

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

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 Springer, 303-312.

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


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
(Internal Report).
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 
(Internal Report).
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 and talk).

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.


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.


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

Peldszus, R. (2012) Hacking, Tinkering & Practical Jokes On Orbital Space Station – Notes on Slow Technology Aspects (Position Paper). Workshop 'Slow Technology: Critical Reflections and Future Directions', Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS) 2012, June 11-15, 2012 Newcastle, UK.

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.

2010 and earlier

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. 



‘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.


‘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’ (remote), University of California LA, Suprastudio (Frank Gehry), Los Angeles, US, June 2014.


‘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. 

‘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 Berlin, 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 Systems, Berlin, Germany, June 2010.

‘The Design of 2001’ Panel, Kubrick Visions Symposium, University of Hertfordshire, May 2010, St Albans, UK.


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