In­sti­tute of Op­ti­cal Sen­sor Sys­tems

Artist's impression of DESIS on the ISS
Artist's im­pres­sion of DE­SIS on the ISS
Image 1/5, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Artist's impression of DESIS on the ISS

The DLR Earth Sens­ing Imag­ing Spec­trom­e­ter (DE­SIS) pro­vides hy­per­spec­tral da­ta to sup­port sci­en­tif­ic, hu­man­i­tar­i­an and com­mer­cial ob­jec­tives. These da­ta con­tain in­for­ma­tion that can be used to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion fol­low­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter, sup­port farm­ers in the tar­get­ed man­age­ment of their land and serve sci­en­tists as a ba­sis for the de­vel­op­ment of nov­el at­mo­spher­ic cor­rec­tion al­go­rithms.
DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS)
DLR Earth Sens­ing Imag­ing Spec­trom­e­ter (DE­SIS)
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DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS)

The In­sti­tute de­vel­ops sen­sors for space ap­pli­ca­tions such as DE­SIS, which is in op­er­a­tion on the ISS. DE­SIS has a so­phis­ti­cat­ed op­ti­cal de­sign – a com­pact struc­ture with the min­i­mum pos­si­ble num­ber of op­ti­cal com­po­nents.
Main building at DLR in Berlin-Adlershof
Main build­ing at DLR in Berlin-Adler­shof
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Main building at DLR in Berlin-Adlershof

The In­sti­tute of Op­ti­cal Sen­sor Sys­tems in­ves­ti­gates and de­vel­ops ac­tive and pas­sive op­ti­cal sen­sor sys­tems for satel­lites, fly­ing plat­forms and robot­ic sys­tems.
KompSat-3A focal plane unit
Komp­Sat-3A fo­cal plane unit
Image 4/5, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

KompSat-3A focal plane unit

The In­sti­tute of Op­ti­cal Sen­sor Sys­tems de­vel­ops sen­sors for space ap­pli­ca­tions.
Researchers conduct experiments at the Institute of Optical Sensor Systems
Re­searchers con­duct ex­per­i­ments at the In­sti­tute of Op­ti­cal Sen­sor Sys­tems
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Researchers conduct experiments at the Institute of Optical Sensor Systems

Our vi­sion is the de­vel­op­ment of au­tonomous op­ti­cal sen­sor sys­tems in anal­o­gy and ex­ten­sion of vi­su­al hu­man per­cep­tion.

The Institute of Optical Sensor Systems investigates and develops active and passive optical sensor systems for satellites, flying platforms and robotic systems. The institute is participating in the scientific analysis of the resulting data. It is involved in numerous national and international cooperations. Our vision is to develop automated optical sensor systems that are analogous to and extensions of human visual perception.

The Institute was founded in 2013. Its origins, however, go back to the 1980s. The precursor to the Institute was part of the Institute of Space Research at the Academy of Sciences of the GDR and became part of DLR in 1992. In 2013, the DLR Institute of Optical Sensor Systems was created from the Optical Information System facility at the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics.

Flyer 'Institute of Optical Sensor Systems'

Contact
  • Prof.Dr. Heinz-Wilhelm Hübers
    In­sti­tute Di­rec­tor
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    In­sti­tute of Op­ti­cal Sen­sor Sys­tems
    Telephone: +49 30 67055-596
    Fax: +49 30 67055-507
    Rutherfordstraße 2
    12489 Berlin-Adlershof
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    In­sti­tute of Op­ti­cal Sen­sor Sys­tems: num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions - 33 per­cent of open ac­cess (2014 to 2018)

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    number of open access journal contributions between 2014 and 2018 (33 percent)
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    number of non-open access journal contributions (2014 to 2018)
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    In­sti­tute of Op­ti­cal Sen­sor Sys­tems: num­ber of PhD stu­dents (2018)

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    2018
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    In­sti­tute of Op­ti­cal Sen­sor Sys­tems: num­ber of em­ploy­ees (2019)

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    25
    Female
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    84
    Male

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