The German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD)

25 years of the German Antarctic Receiving Station GARS O’Higgins
Receiving Station in Antarctica
Image 1/5, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

Receiving Station in Antarctica

The nine-metre antenna at DLR's GARS O'Higgins Antarctic Station receives enormous quantities of satellite data. In addition to receiving data, the station's tasks now also include sending commands to satellites and, in some cases, processing the data on site.

German Antarctic Receiving Station GARS O’Higgins
German Antarctic Receiving Station GARS O’Higgins
Image 2/5, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

German Antarctic Receiving Station GARS O’Higgins

The GARS (German Antarctic Receiving Station) O'Higgins Antarctic Station was founded in 1991. The white buildings and the nine-metre antenna of the DLR Antarctic Station are located in the direct vicinity of the Chilean Antarctic Base General Bernardo O'Higgins. The DLR station has been operating for 25 years and is staffed throughout the year by a small team.

DFD antennas
DFD National Ground Segment
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DFD National Ground Segment

DFD's large-scale research facility in Neustrelitz.

Empfangsantenne in Inuvik
Receiving antenna in Inuvik
Image 4/5, Credit: DLR

Receiving antenna in Inuvik

DFD's large-scale research facility in arctic Inuvik, northern Canada.

Building of the German Remote Sensing Data Center in Oberpfaffenhofen
The German Remote Sensing Data Center in Oberpfaffenhofen
Image 5/5, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

The German Remote Sensing Data Center in Oberpfaffenhofen

The German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) is an institute of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with facilities in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich and in Neustrelitz in the state of Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania. DFD and DLR’s Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) together comprise the Earth Observation Center EOC, which has become a center of competence for earth observation in Germany.

With its national and international ground stations, the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) provides direct access to the data from Earth observation satellites, processes the data into information products, distributes them to the users and stores all the data in the German Satellite Data Archive (D-SDA) on a long-term basis. With geoscientific work on atmospheric, global change and civil security research, DFD provides access to remote sensing products and solutions and thus consolidates their application in the private and scientific sectors. It operates subject-specific ‘user services’, in particular the World Data Center for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (WDC-RSAT) and the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI). Together with the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF), DFD forms the Earth Observation Center (EOC) – the centre of excellence for Earth observation in Germany.

Contact
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Dech
    Director
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD)
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-2885
    Fax: +49 8153 28-3444
    Münchener Straße  20
    82234  Weßling
    Contact
  • Gunter Schreier
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)

    German Remote Sensing Data Center; Direction
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-1375
    Linder Höhe
    51147  Köln
    Contact
Antarctic station GARS O'Higgins
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