The SPM group concentrates the competences in the fields of systems engineering and project management of the department of navigation and supports the other groups of the department in the mentioned fields. In particular, extensive and multilateral projects with miscellaneous partners (different DLR institutes and departments, industrial companies, other research institutions, funding agencies, etc.) are challenging. Here, the scientific staff often cannot handle sufficiently systems engineering and project management tasks of the project, especially for space missions funded by e.g. the European Space Agency. Successful space missions typically require management and systems engineering tasks as well as accurate documentation to a great extent. These duties and responsibilities are assumed by the SPM group to ensure a proper accomplishment within a professional framework and the necessary experience. Thereby, the scientific staff can focus completely on their technical tasks which in turn results in high quality results.
The tasks of the SPM group are the following: