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Docking in space

Project manager Heike Benninghoff and her team are testing robotic space missions
Project manager Heike Benninghoff and her team are testing robotic space missions

Heike Benninghoff develops sensor technology for service satellites

Along with my team, I examine rendezvous manoeuvres in space. This includes how a service satellite approaches a satellite to be repaired, or a piece of space debris. These manoeuvres have never been performed in space, so the sensor technology and all involved systems must be tested comprehensively. As part of this process, we often work with other DLR institutes. At DLR, there is a great deal of networking and interdisciplinary collaboration! This makes particularly exciting projects possible. I was recently supported by a core team of 15 scientists from three institutes in carrying out a so-called end-to-end simulation – that is, a simulation of the entire docking manoeuvre in space from start to finish. That was a great team effort.


It is great…

…to be able to help shape things ourselves. The parameters for our research tasks are predefined to some extent, but as a team, we can help determine much of the subject matter and many of the goals.

Space Operations and Astronaut Training

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