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Jan Wörner

On 1 July 2015, Johann-Dietrich Wörner took up his new post as Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The ‘Jan Wörner’ blog was written by Johann-Dietrich ‘Jan’ Wörner during his time as the Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). Jan Wörner wrote all the posts himself and then sent them to DLR Corporate Communications for editing, picture research and online publication.

Johann-Dietrich Wörner was born in Kassel in 1954. He was Chairman of the Executive Board of DLR from 1 March 2007 to 30 June 2015.

Wörner studied civil engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, where received his doctorate in 1985. In 1982, as part of his studies, he spent two years in Japan, investigating earthquake safety. Until 1990, Wörner worked for the consulting civil engineers König und Heunisch. He then returned to the Technische Universität Darmstadt, where he was appointed to a professorship in Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Testing and Research Institute. Before being elected President of the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty.

Posts from Jan Wörner

Jan Wörner Blog | 14. March 2014 | 1 Comment

SOFIA ... eine Erfolgsgeschichte ist in Gefahr

Seit 2007 fliegt ein umgebauter Jumbojet, eine Boeing 747 SP, um mit einem an Bord befindlichen Teleskop in die Tiefen des Weltalls zu schauen. Diese fliegende Sternwarte ist eine gemeinsame Aktivität der amerikanischen Raumfahrtbehörde NASA und des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR). Im Zuge der aktuellen Budgetaufstellung der NASA hat man nun aus Washington verlauten lassen, dass der Weiterbetrieb ab 2015 nicht mehr finanziert werden könne. Das wäre nicht nur ein herber Schlag für die Wissenschaft, die für die nächsten Jahre viele interessante astronomische Untersuchungen geplant hat, sondern auch für das Verhältnis zwischen NASA und DLR. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 14. March 2014 | 1 Comment

SOFIA… a success story in jeopardy

[Translated from the German original on 19 March 2014]

Since 2007, a converted Boeing 747 SP has been flying to look into the depths of space through an on-board telescope. This airborne observatory is a joint venture between the US space agency NASA and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). As part of the current budget statement for NASA, it was announced from Washington that it would not be possible to finance continued operations as of 2015. This would not only be a major blow for the scientists that have planned a great deal of interesting astronomical research for the coming years, but also for the relationship between NASA and DLR. read more