Ralf Faller studied aeronautic and space engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and has been a researcher in the Department of Space Operations and Astronaut Training at DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen since 1991. He started out in the Spaceflight Dynamics Department but moved to mission operations after seven years.
His duties included the supervision of orbit and attitude control systems as a subsystem engineer and the role of the flight director and project manager in a variety of space missions. These missions have included, among others, various scientific projects, such as ROSAT and EQUATOR-S, positioning of satellites for commercial organisations and government entities - such as Eutelsat and military - as well as well as the preparation and implementation of technology testing missions such as BIRD and PRISMA. His current responsibilities include robotic space and servicing missions. He is project manager for the ground segment of the DLR German orbital servicing mission, DEOS.