DLR Space Operations is the central institution for spaceflight operations in Germany with facilities in Cologne, Oberpfaffenhofen and Weilheim. This responsibility includes satellite missions for Earth observation, science and communication missions as well as for the exploration of the solar system and human spaceflight missions. Furthermore, astronauts are trained, space experiments are prepared and sounding rockets are developed and launched from sites around the world. Eventually, DLR works on new technologies, such as on-orbit-servicing in order to master even the most difficult space projects of the future.
In close cooperation with other DLR institutions and together with public and industrial partners, DLR Space Operations plays a major role for spaceflight in Europe. Here, groundbreaking space projects are realised and new ideas for spaceflight of tomorrow are developed. As a versatile interface between technology, operations and utilisation, DLR Space Operations serves as an important venue for everyone involved in spaceflight and the general public.
Software Applications for Mission Operations - During the last five decades, DLR/GSOC has been responsible for the preparation and execution of many manned and unmanned space missions. Effective and professional planning for the spacecraft as well as related on-ground activities always is an essential factor for the mission success.
'Horizons' is the name of German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst's next mission. He will take part in expedition 56/57, his second 'research voyage' to the International Space Station ISS, in June 2018.
We offer people who are interested the possiblity to join guided tours in the German Space Operations Center. For dates and registration please click here.
Click here to access a panoramic view of our control room supporting the European space laboratory Columbus - as if you were sitting on the seat of the flight director. More details are available when clicking on positions marked with icons.
The Ground Station belonging to DLR Space Operations is located in Weilneim (Zentralstation des Deutschen Bodensystems). Since 1969 it represents the interface between Earth and satellit.
Here you can find current press releases about the German Space Control Cente.