DLR compact course: Space flight for the German Air Force

24 September 2021

On 14 and 15 September, leading members of the German Armed Forces in military service, professors from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich and employees of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) met at DLR's German Space Operation Center (GSOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen. The program included a presentation of the uses of space for the German Armed Forces as well as DLR's central facility Space Operations and Astronaut Training.

Group picture of all participants of the DLR compact course on space flight for the German Air ForceThe participants of the DLR Compact Course on Space Flight for the German Air Force at DLR's German Space Operation Center (GSOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen (© DLR / Roger Riedel)

Prof. Andreas Knopp presented the field of satellite communications, while the field of satellite navigation was presented by Prof. Thomas Pany. Prof. Felix Huber introduced the attendees to the basics of orbital mechanics, which is the theoretical but necessary foundation for rapid deployment of small satellites.

The Bundeswehr has recently responded to the growing importance of space by commissioning their own space command. In close cooperation with DLR, this makes an important contribution to the protection of critical infrastructures in space.

Further information on the compact space course can be found directly at DLR (information only available in German) >>>

Lead image: The command center of DLR's German Space Operation Center (GSOC) (© DLR /Roger Riedel)