The DLR ground station in Weilheim was established in 1969. The data exchange with the spacecraft takes place via a variety of different antennas (ranging from 4.5 to 30 meters in diameter). The satellite ground station in Weilheim is operated by the DLR German Space Operations Center (GSOC).
According to the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS), Weilheim is classified both as a Deep Space Network and a Non-Deep Space Network (Near Earth Network) and can support space missions in the L, S, X, Ku and Ka frequency bands.
The individual antenna stations at Weilheim can be operated independently – which means that the Weilheim ground station can support several missions simultaneously (multi-mission operation). New software developed at GSOC allows the necessary sequences to be standardized, regardless of the particular mission, frequency range and orbit type, which considerably simplifies the operation.
Find more details about the antennas, subsystems, site and the associated services in the Service Portfolio Module on the right (see Downloads section).