DLR Space Operations is the central institution for spaceflight operations in Germany with facilities in Cologne, Oberpfaffenhofen and Weilheim. This responsibility includes satellite missions for Earth observation, science and communication missions as well as for the exploration of the solar system and human spaceflight missions. Furthermore, astronauts are trained, space experiments are prepared and sounding rockets are developed and launched from sites around the world. Eventually, DLR works on new technologies, such as on-orbit-servicing in order to master even the most difficult space projects of the future.
In close cooperation with other DLR institutions and together with public and industrial partners, DLR Space Operations plays a major role for spaceflight in Europe. Here, groundbreaking space projects are realised and new ideas for spaceflight of tomorrow are developed. As a versatile interface between technology, operations and utilisation, DLR Space Operations serves as an important venue for everyone involved in spaceflight and the general public.
For the first time since the astronaut mission Apollo 17 in 1972, heat flow measurements will be carried out on another celestial body using a drilling mechanism. The main aim of the experiment is to be able to determine the thermal state of the interior of Mars using thermal flow measurements taken beneath the surface. Models of Mars’ formation, chemical composition and inner structure can be checked and refined on the basis of this data. The measurements from Mars can also be used to draw conclusions about Earth’s early development.
Click here to access a panoramic view of our control room supporting the European space laboratory Columbus - as if you were sitting on the seat of the flight director. More details are available when clicking on positions marked with icons.
The Ground Station belonging to DLR Space Operations is located in Weilneim (Zentralstation des Deutschen Bodensystems). Since 1969 it represents the interface between Earth and satellit.
We offer people who are interested the possiblity to join guided tours in the German Space Operations Center. For dates and registration please click here.
Insights in the various departments and acvities of the DLR Space Operations and Astronaut Training in Oberpfaffenhofen, Cologne and Weilheim.