One of the most important Private Public Partnership (PPP) projects of DLR is the RapidEye project. Within that project the OS team has to develop many space qualified components. A forerunner of RapidEye was the development of a VIS/NIR high resolution airborne camera which used the same CCD line sensor. The result of that development (together with the company LGGM – a joint venture of Leica AG, Helava, and GDE Systems) was the worldwide first commercial airborne digital photogrammetric camera ADS 40. The company LGGM is one of the two leading manufacturers of airborne photogrammetric cameras with many decades of experience in that field. DLR-OS has a profound theoretical background in optoelectronic sensor design resulting in successfully developed spaceborne and airborne CCD sensors (WAOSS, MOS, WAAC).
The following activities show the experience of OS in aerospace technology: