TOP 100 Aerospace & Aviation Professionals to Follow on LinkedIn 2022: 81. Malica Schmidt

81. Malica Schmidt

Microgravity Researcher | Analog Astronaut | Explorer, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

81. Malica Schmidt

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How LinkedIn has helped you in your careers or businesses:

LinkedIn has helped me to enhance my outreach, gain speaking opportunities, and connect with like-minded and inspiring professionals from diverse fields, ranging from human spaceflight to extreme environments.

Tips on how to Thrive on LinkedIn:

My tips are to write about current topics frequently while being passionate, genuine, and inspiring to other professionals.

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn to engage with new opportunities, connect to like-minded professionals around the world, and share news while staying up to date with the human spaceflight and extreme environment community.

Number of Followers:



Aerospace & Aviation


Who am I:

My life’s purpose is to improve the world and secure a better life for the generations ahead. I intend to achieve this by advancing research in engineering, science, and medicine, while furthering the understanding of us, Earth, and the universe.

What I do:

I am a researcher, scientist, engineer, analogue astronaut, and explorer.
During the day, I am a PhD candidate at UCL and a guest researcher at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) researching on sustainable water recycling capabilities for extreme environments on Earth and spaceflight missions to the Moon and Mars. For this, I acted as principal investigator at the 35th DLR parabolic flight campaign and co-investigator of a payload with SpaceX-23, which just came back from the International Space Station. As teaching assistant, public speaker, and STEM advocate, I was fortunate to give over 40 presentations, exhibited in London, Paris, Venice, and New York, and received 16 national and international awards.
Last year, I participated in the ESA astronaut selection and got selected as one of the top 5% of a pool of 22,500 astronaut applicants to advance to the next stage. Since then, I have been an analogue astronaut for the 1st UK analogue space research mission and mission commander of CHILL-ICE II.
During the weekends, you can find me in the pilot seat of a glider from the Royal Air Force or skydiving, and on holidays I enjoy scuba diving and summiting high altitude mountains.
All of the above push technical, scientific, and personal limits, which led to becoming a Fellow of the Explorers Club and a Fellow of Extreme & Wilderness Medicine.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I hope to raise awareness about topics, such as climate change, and provide valuable insights about human spaceflight, analogue astronaut missions, extreme environments, and exploration. I will support and mentor students and those who join the journey.

Who I follow on Linkedin

I follow a wide range of experts on LinkedIn from motivating aerospace professionals, analogue astronauts, and explorers, who all expand the horizons of human endeavour.

Malica’s Favorite Post

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❝My favourite posts are my two analogue astronaut missions this year – both unforgettable experiences.❞

Malica’s Successful Post

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❝My most successful post was this November, celebrating shared experiences, such as the ESA astronaut selection, analogue astronaut missions, and the shared journey with the new astronaut corps.❞

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