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
Image 1/1, 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.

Contact
  • Dr. 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
    Contact
  • Dr. Robert Axmann
    Head of Strategy Space R&D
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Strategy Space R&D
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4118
    Hansestraße 115
    51149 Köln
    Contact
  • Dr. Sven Baerwalde
    Head of Institute Development Space
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Institute Development Space
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4116
    Hansestraße 115
    51149  Köln
    Contact
  • Dr. Dietmar Koenies
    Staff Department Space R&D
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Staff Department Space R&D
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4108
    Hansestraße 115
    51149  Köln
    Contact
  • Manuela Braun
    Communication
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Strategy Space R&D
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-3882
    Fax: +49 2203 601-3249
    Hansestraße 115
    51149 Köln
    Contact

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