In February 2019 Michael was invited to give a lecture at the European Space Research and Technology Center ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. It is the European Space Agency's main technology development and test centre for spacecraft and space technology. At ESTEC, about 2500 engineers, technicians and scientists work hands-on with mission design, spacecraft and space technology. ESTEC provides extensive testing facilities to verify the proper operation of spacecraft, such as the Large Space Simulator (LSS), acoustic and electromagnetic testing bays, multi-axis vibration tables and the ESA Propulsion Laboratory (EPL). Prior to launch, almost all of the equipment that ESA launches is tested in some degree at ESTEC.
Michael recently portrayed the Large Space Simulator at ESTEC and was now given the opportunity to present his "outer space" project to an expert audience of world leading scientists and engineers.