Facility Space Operations and Astronaut Training

Visitor area at the German Space Operations Center
Visitor area at the German Space Operations Center
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Visitor area at the German Space Operations Center

The visitor area offers a view into the four large control rooms K1-K4. The operation of the European space laboratory Columbus as well as various satellite missions takes place from these.
DLR - Image of DLR staff in front of the monitors at the STRATOS position in the Columbus Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen
STRATOS Console
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STRATOS Console

Columbus Control Centre – the STRATOS position in the Columbus Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen is responsible for the life support system, the thermal control system, the power system, data management, communications and video in the Columbus laboratory.
K1 control room
K1 control room
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K1 control room

A view into the largest control room for the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) of space missions. It is equipped to run the European Columbus space laboratory and various satellite missions.
Control room of the Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC) in Cologne
Control room of the Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC) in Cologne
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Control room of the Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC) in Cologne

Control room of the Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC) in Cologne.
Aerial image of the facility in Weilheim
Aerial image of the facility in Weilheim
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Aerial image of the facility in Weilheim

Aerial image of the satellite ground station of the DLR-run German Space Operations Center (GSOC). DLR makes use of several satellite dishes in Weilheim. During an open day, visitors can take a closer look and discover how they are used.
The early-morning launch of the ATEK/MAPHEUS-8, prepared for and implemented by the DLR's Mobile Rocket Base (MORABA) division
The early-morning launch of the ATEK/MAPHEUS-8, prepared for and implemented by the DLR's Mobile Rocket Base (MORABA) division
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The early-morning launch of the ATEK/MAPHEUS-8, prepared for and implemented by the DLR's Mobile Rocket Base (MORABA) division

MAPHEUS-8 launched at 04:21CEST on 13 June 2019 following a smooth countdown. The flight went as expected, with a maximum altitude of 239 kilometres. The payload and second stage, equipped with scientific instruments, were recovered by helicopter immediately after the flight.

DLR Space Operations is the central institution for spaceflight operations in Germany. This responsibility includes satellite missions for Earth observation, science and communication missions as well as 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. DLR is also working on new technologies, such as on-orbit-servicing, in order to master even the most difficult space projects of the future.

Contact
  • Prof. Dr. Felix Huber
    Director
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Space Operations and Astronaut Training
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-2701
    Münchener Straße 20
    82234 Weßling
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