Pro­gramme and Strat­e­gy: Space Re­search at DLR

The PLATO space telescope will search for Earth-sized planets
The PLA­TO space tele­scope will search for Earth-sized plan­ets
Credit: OHB-System-AG

The PLATO space telescope will search for Earth-sized planets

PLA­TO (PLAn­e­tary Tran­sits and Os­cil­la­tions of stars) is a Eu­ro­pean mis­sion that will search for Earth-sized ex­o­plan­ets in or­bit around neigh­bour­ing stars from 2026 on­wards. For these ob­ser­va­tions, each of the 26 PLA­TO tele­scopes will be equipped with a set of CCD sen­sors (artist’s im­pres­sion).

Zero-gravity experiments, exploring other planets and observing the terrestrial environment from outer space are among the many space research activities of DLR.

Research in and from outer space

On German and international space missions, DLR has demonstrated its competence and capabilities, often in cooperation with international partners such as ESA (the European Space Agency) and NASA (America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration). Numerous research projects have led to pioneering results often with highly beneficial applications back on Earth in medicine, agriculture, mechanical engineering and land surveying, to name just a few.

Telescience and robotics

In addition to expanding scientific know-how, DLR develops key operational technologies ranging from automated space flight control using robotics to future techniques such as telescience controlling science experiments onboard spacecraft via remote radio commands.

Environmental monitoring from orbit

Mankind's development of space flight has given rise to Earth observation as a new discipline focussed on our planet's atmosphere and environment. With the aid of satellite data, scientists can analyse many aspects of the environment that cannot be studied using traditional ground-based methods. Solving global problems requires a global perspective; the hole in the Ozone Layer, the 'Greenhouse Effect', pollution in the oceans and many other environmental problems can only be investigated thoroughly from space. Space-based environmental monitoring is crucial for developing comprehensive solutions.

  • Susann Groß
    Head of Pro­gramme Space R&D
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Pro­gramme Space R&D
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-3605
    Hansestraße 115
    51149 Köln
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