DLR Neustre­litz

Tri-band Ground Station
New Tri-band Ground Sta­tion at DLR in Neustre­litz
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New Tri-band Ground Station at DLR in Neustrelitz

With a di­am­e­ter of 11.5 me­tres and an area of 103 square me­tres the new an­ten­na has a re­flec­tor sur­face more than twice as large as pre­vi­ous sys­tems.
Aerial view of DLR site Neustrelitz
DLR site Neustre­litz
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DLR site Neustrelitz

Aeri­al view of DLR site Neustre­litz
DLR-site Neustrelitz
DLR-site Neustre­litz
Image 3/4, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

DLR-site Neustrelitz

DLR-site Neustre­litz
An­ten­na at DLR's Neustre­litz site
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Antenna at DLR's Neustrelitz site

With a ra­dio-tele­scope net­work com­pris­ing four sys­tems and the req­ui­site IT in­fras­truc­ture for da­ta pro­cess­ing, pro­cess con­trol, archiv­ing and da­ta trans­mis­sion, the Neustre­litz site has ac­cess to mod­ern sys­tems suit­able for the de­mands of a re­al-time da­ta cen­tre for GMES and Galileo.

The Neustrelitz site of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is approximately 100km north of Berlin in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and is the workplace of about 60 scientists, engineers and clerical staff. The R&D work carried out on-site covers themes such as surveillance of the earth by satellite, and navigation; a profile which aligns the site with others in the GMES and GALILEO European research programmes.

The national ground segment is a department of the German Remote-sensing Data Centre and the radio telescopes for payload data from remote-sensing satellites and other small scientific satellites in Germany. Neustrelitz's central location within Europe and the telescopes' inclusion in the ESA-Earthnet make make the facility a key link in the international network of radio-telescope stations. The infrastructure required is being developed as part of an on-going process and is, today, at the cutting-edge of ground-segment technology. The technology used in operations for transmission protocols, radio telescopes, data management, archives, and validation and test environments (the DEMMIN test site, (Durable Environmental Multidisciplinary Monitoring Information Network)) form the basis for a multi-mission operation. With a radio-telescope network comprising four systems and the requisite IT infrastructure for data processing, process control, archiving and data transmission, the Neustrelitz site has access to modern systems suitable for the demands of a real-time data centre for GMES and Galileo. Thanks to the creation of a quick, automatic process chain and the expansion of the DEMMIN test site for seasonal and permanent measurement of relevant environmental data, the basics for process improvement and verification for processing of survey data can be created and developed, completing the chain from reception of the signals to validation.

The R&D work of the Mathematical and Physical Principles cluster at the institute's Applied Remote Sensing Cluster concentrates on the areas of scattering, radiative transfer and retrieval. The methods and processes developed in this context aid processor development and dual processing in relation to stability, precision and the effectiveness and simulation of remote-sensing scenarios.

In the field of satellite navigation, the focus of the site is on the development and application of satellite-navigation systems such as GALILEO. Dedicated R&D work is performed by the Validation and Supplementary Systems cluster and the Ionospheric Effects and Corrections cluster of the Institute for Communication and Navigation. Substantial tasks in this context are the experimental validation of properties and the efficiency of the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and the development and demonstration of operational processes for real-time assessment of ionospheric conditions and their influence on satellite radio technology in the field of navigation and communications. Both themes are aimed at the development of local supplementary systems (Rostock Research Port) and regional services (Space Weather Application Center Ionosphere), needed for high-precision, security-critical GNSS applications.

The technology marketing strategy applied by DLR has a control centre for technology transfer in Neustrelitz. It functions as a contact point for commercial enterprises throughout the region, and supports them in terms of planning and conversion of innovative enterprising spirit into development and marketing of products, processes and services which use technology from DLR institutes. Thus technology marketing has the key to open up the entire technological repertoire of DLR for the benefit of business in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, so that it can improve its competitiveness.

Institutes and facilities on-site:

  • German Remote-sensing Data Centre
  • Institute for Communications and Navigation
  • Institute for Remote-sensing Methods
  • Technology Marketing
  • Carola Hilbert
    Head of the Sites Berlin, Neustre­litz, Je­na, Dres­den and Cot­tbus/Zit­tau
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 30 67055-554
    Rutherfordstraße 2
    12489 Berlin-Adlershof
  • Melanie-Konstanze Wiese
    Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Berlin, Neustre­litz, Dres­den, Je­na and Cot­tbus/Zit­tau
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
    Telephone: +49 30 67055-639
    Fax: +49 30 67055-102
    Rutherfordstraße 2
    12489 Berlin-Adlershof

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