Four new research groups under leadership of RC SPACE members

19 March 2021

In addition to the new research group led by Prof. Andreas Knopp, three new research groups have been accredited at the Munich Aerospace Research, Development and Training Center. This means that there are currently four groups headed by members of RC SPACE. This high visibility is of great importance for the research center.


These are the new groups:


Autonomous Collision Avoidance for Multi-Spacecraft Systems

This group, headed by Prof. Roger Förstner, conducts research on collision avoidance of satellites. This is an essential aspect, especially in missions with several, and in mega-constellations with thousands of satellites of immense importance. Methods for collision avoidance, formation control and fault management of multi-spacecraft systems based on artificial intelligence are being developed. In addition to UniBw M, the DLR Institute for Space Operations and Astronaut Training, Space Situational Awareness is part of the research group.


Robust and Efficient realtime Flight Path Optimization

The group, led by Prof. Matthias Gerdts, is collaborating with the Institute of Flight System Dynamics at TUM to research methods for computing flight trajectories in real time. This is an important prerequisite for autonomous flight systems, which are of increasing importance with the advancing development of unmanned aerial vehicles and their diverse applications - for example in logistics or urban air mobility.


Machine Learning for Network Management and Resource Allocation in Future Satellite Systems (NeMaRa-AI)

Under the direction of Prof. Andreas Knopp and together with DLR’s Institute of Communication and Navigation, the group is researching methods for machine learning for the control of complex satellite systems. Minimizing average transmission delay and avoiding packet loss also play a role, as do solutions for dynamic radio resource management strategies to maximize capacity by optimizing the use of resources (time, power and bandwidth).


Hybrid Lightweight Structures by Additive Manufacturing

Together with the Institute of Materials Engineering of Additive Manufacturing at TUM, this research group headed by Prof. Eric Jägle is dedicated to the study of hybrid lightweight structures produced by additive manufacturing. In the process, metallic materials are additively manufactured and expanded with conventionally manufactured parts to form hybrid lightweight structures. Both the joining of hybrid structures and the build-up of different alloys on top of each other are central topics that are worked on in detail by the group.

More detailed information on the individual groups and their research topics can be found on the Munich Aerospace website >>>

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