Heinz Hammes studied safety engineering and has worked at the DLR Space Administration for more than 25 years: first, as a safety engineer for the Spacelab D-2 mission, then as a systems engineer / scientist for several smaller projects at DARA / DLR. Since 1998, he has worked mainly for the SOFIA project and led the mechanical integration of the telescope in the aircraft in the United States. He was involved in all major milestones as well as in the testing of the aircraft and of the telescope. He was a member of the NASA / DLR team during the observation campaign in New Zealand. Hammes is currently seconded to Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg and is supervising the maintenance of SOFIA.