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Dietmar Lilienthal

Dietmar Lilienthal has been a member of the SOFIA project for 15 years and he supervised the electrical and software integration of the SOFIA telescope into the Boeing 747SP in the United States. He also created the contractual undertakings for the establishment of the German SOFIA Institute (DSI) at the University of Stuttgart and, during the difficult phase of transferring SOFIA from Waco, Texas to the SOFIA Operations Center at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California, coordinated the project at DLR.

Since the takeover of operational tasks by DSI, he devotes himself, in addition to his work as a project manager for BepiColombo, Gaia and EUCLID, to the interfaces with the German instruments GREAT and FIFI-LS and their scientific use on SOFIA.

Posts from Dietmar Lilienthal

SOFIA Blog | 14. February 2011

Erste bodengebundene Testbeobachtungen mit GREAT erfolgreich beendet

Es waren spannende Wochen, die ersten astronomischen, bodengebundenen Testbeobachtungen (so genannte "Line Ops") mit dem deutschen Instrument GREAT, am SOFA-Betriebszentrum in Palmdale in der Mojave-Wüste. Es galt, GREAT, das deutsche "first-light"-Instrument für SOFIA, im Flugzeug zu installieren und ersten Inbetriebnahmetests zu unterziehen. read more

SOFIA Blog | 14. February 2011

First ground-based test observations with GREAT completed successfully

It has been an exciting few weeks conducting the first ground-based astronomical test observations, referred to as 'Line Ops', with the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies (GREAT), at the SOFIA operations centre at Palmdale in the Mojave Desert. The mission was to install GREAT and carry out the initial operational tests. read more