The Institute of Communications and Navigation was founded in 1966 as Institute of Satellite Electronics by Prof. Philipp Hartl. Since 2003, it has been led by Prof. Christoph Günther.
The Institute works on the conception and analysis of communication and navigation systems involving satellites or designed for applications in aeronautics, transport and security. The activities range from fundamental research to technology demonstrations. Our aim is to push the boundaries of the feasible, and to be first in demonstrating new concepts.
Our projects are focused on five missions that directly benefit society and industry. These missions provide a frame for most of our work. Progress in these missions is achieved by developing the theoretical foundations, by carrying out simulations, as well as by tests and demonstrations using prototypes. This combination is a particular strength of the Institute. The theoretical work yields new approaches and provides limits for achievable performance parameters, for example data rates or positional accuracy. Prototypes are used to validate new approaches, and to identify and understand difficulties due to implementation.
The Institute pays special attention to the practical use of its results. This is facilitated by the development of standards, a close cooperation with industry and by supporting employees in founding start-ups.