Additional tasks and projects include upgrading, maintenance, configuration
and operation of the antennas. Planning and implementation of communication
interfaces to external ground stations and planning, implementation and operation
of a global network for the transmission of video/audio signals and miscellaneous
The R&D efforts of the Space Flight Technology division have been merged
in the R&D program "Guided Autonomy". One objective is to reduce
the routine workload for the operators by developing and employing innovative
procedures and focusing on key functions. Another goal is to increase the performance
and reliability in space missions and to find new applications for such missions.
The main areas covered are
The space and ground segment receive equal attention. A common interest in
all planned and current projects is a swift demonstration in pilot projects
and application in operational missions.