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Welcome to the web site of Victoria Roloff


Contact Details

University of Bern

Physics Institute

Space Research and Planetary Sciences

Sidlerstrasse 5

CH-3012 Bern



Office: 210 (Gesellschaftsstrasse 6) 

Direct tel.: +41 (0) 31 631 48 56

E-mail: victoria.roloff (at)







I am a PhD student of Nicolas Thomas in the Planetary Imaging Group, working on the Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS). I am a member of the hardware development team, and an operator of CaSSIS. I also participate in the ExoMars Science Working Team, ExoMars Science Operations Working Group, and the ExoMars Data Handling and Archiving Working Group meetings.


The main topics of my work on CaSSIS have so far included:

  • On-ground calibration (V. Roloff et al. 2017)
  • In-flight calibration and first in-orbit observations (V. Roloff et al., in prep)
  • Flight software testing and verification (internal documents)
  • Uplink and downlink operations (internal documents)
  • And more recently I am working on investigation of my chosen martian science topic.


As well as the Physics Institute of the University of Bern, I am also affiliated with, and funded by, the NCCR PlanetS. I work in the remote sensing of planets (Project 4), but I am also exposed to the study of the origin, evolution, and characterisation of planets and exoplanets. This gives me full visibility across many planetary science fields, and leads to a hugely enriched working environment.



CaSSIS is part of the scientific instrument payload for ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), and is the orbiter's high-resolution imager. Along with the Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module (EDM, aka. Schiaparelli), the TGO was launched on 14th March 2016 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. On 19th October, the TGO successfully completed a 139-minute engine burn, slowing its velocity and direction by more than 1.5 km/s, resulting in its capture by the Red Planet. The TGO was then in a 101000 km x 3691 km orbit around Mars, with an ~4-sol orbital period, and an angle of travel with respect to the equator of 7°.

A series of calibration campaigns and spacecraft maneouvres followed:

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