|National Points of Contact|
Jun 2008-Jun 2014
Welcome to SGAC Germany! You have found the right place to inform yourself about the most recent developments in space related topics in Germany. Our country continues to shape European space activities as one of the major contributors to the European Space Agency and with a strong national space programme. We are driving the human spaceflight in Europe through the exploitation of the International Space Station with the Columbus laboratory and the ATV cargo ship, both built in Bremen, Germany. About half of the European experiments conducted on ISS come from Germany and showcase scientific excellence and engineering ingenuity of the countries industry and research community. ATV-3 (“Edoardo Amaldi”) successfully launched to the ISS in March 2012 for its six-months-mission, while launch preparation is ongoing for the ATV-4 launch in May/June 2013. ESA, mainly supported by Germany, recently signed an agreement with NASA to build on the ATV heritage for the development of a European service module for the Orion crew vehicle. German astronaut Alexander Gerst continues training for his long-duration flight to the ISS in 2014.
Space activities have become a continuous priority in the German federal research budgets, and 2013 will give us many new opportunities for exciting projects. Therefore, we are working hard to connect the next generation of German space leaders with the experts to continue our growth in space. Feel free to contact us in all space-related matters, and join us!
Young Space Activities Overview in Germany
SGAC representation and involvement in space activities has continued to increase in recent years, offering many possibilities for students and young professionals to get involved. We currently have two National Points of Contact, both directly working in the space business, and many active members in SGAC projects and the annual Space Generation Congress. Our NPoCs aim to work closely together in order to coordinate the work and communication of the many institutions, universities, project groups and clubs involving young people in Germany. We see a big opportunity for SGAC as a governing organisation to stimulate exchange between different interest groups and to encourage individuals and new groups to get involved.
|Test firing a Hybrid Engine developed by students
of the SSETI Project
|Yuris Night Stuttgart 2012 in planetarium
(Image: Yuri's Night Stuttgart)
|German Space Day at DLR/EAC
Cologne in September 2011
SGAC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in 2011. As a consequence, DLR sponsors and supports the participation of German delegates to the Space Generation Congress and other SGAC activities. Keep an eye open for this opportunity in preparation of SGC 2013 or contact NPoC Juergen for further info.
As the German Space Agency, DLR itself offers many projects particularly dedicated to the involvement and education of young people. As an, the REXUS / BEXUS programme (jointly operated by Germany and Sweden) allows students from universities and higher education colleges across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on research rockets and balloons. Each year, two rockets and two balloons are launched, carrying up to 20 experiments designed and built by student teams. Calls for experiment proposals usually open around September each year. DLR has operates nine DLR_School_Labs, which allows school students and teachers to experience technology research live at selected DLR locations. Each of these locations offers multiple experiments and opportunities each year.
The German Aerospace Association (DGLR) features a number of young academics groups on various projects, all of which generally offer the possibilities for interested individuals and groups to participate. DGLR also hosts a student conference each year in the frame of the German Aerospace Conference (DLRK), featuring selected paper and poster presentations on aeronautical, aerospace and related topics.
The Space Education Institute (SEI) in Leipzig, offers high-school students the possibility to train as a “student astronaut” in Germany, the US and Russia. Through various projects, students gain early hands-on experience in space programs and related technologies. Each year, they participate successfully with one or several teams in NASA’s Moon Buggy Race in the US and have already received multiple awards for their design and performance.
Another interesting community is the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), bringing together municipalities and groups of municipalities that possess common interests through Ariane-related space transportation activities. Besides other interesting activities the CVA Summer School is surely the most exciting. It is an annual four-week programme designed for 30 university students and young engineers from the space industry.
This is just a short list of young space activities in Germany, and some more are listed with links below. For more information make sure to check out our interesting link section below, and the national report of Germany in SGAC's annual report! If you have additional information or links for us, please feel free to contact your NPOCs directly… and get involved!
Country-Specific Events in 2013
- Cologne: Theme Year of Aerospace 2013
- Yuri’s Night Germany 2013 (April): Celebrating the legendary flight of Yuri Gagarin, the World Space Party features great events for everyone. Find out more details about local events across Germany on the website. Events are currently planned for: 12. April 2013 in Bremen (Club Moments and others); 12. April 2013 in Berlin (orbitall at FEZ-Berlin); 14. April 2013 in Stuttgart (Planetarium Stuttgart); TBD in Munich (Location TBD)
- 26th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers, Cologne (1-5 July): Some 50 astronauts, kosmonauts and taikonauts will meet in Cologne, Germany, in July to discuss space activities and to engage in an open community exchange with media and the public. The event is supported by DLR, ESA and the UN.
- 19th IAA Humans in Space Symposium, Cologne (7-12 July): Professionals and interested participants will discuss all aspects of space life sciences research and human spaceflight in Cologne.
- 62nd German Aerospace Congress (Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress), Stuttgart (10-12 September): Largest German conference on aeronautics and aerospace, held in Stuttgart.
- German Space Day 2013, DLR, Cologne (22 September): See space research and laboratories, research aircraft and parabolic flight airplane, the European Astronaut Center, DLR_School_Lab, and much more at DLR in Cologne.
- Next REXUS/BEXUS student experiment selection campaign, September/October. Find out more here!
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Germany
DLR_next for young people interested in space
DGLR NachwuchsgruppenYuri’s Night Germany
DGLR Student Working Group STAR
Hybrid Engine Development Student Project (HyEnD)
Stuttgart Propulsion Team of the Student Space Exploration & Technology Initiative (SSETI)
Experimental Raumfahrt-Interessen Gemeinschaft (ERIG)
Institutions / Universities
German Aerospace Center: Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)
German Aerospace Association: Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DGLR)
Institute of Space Systems (IRS) of the University of Stuttgart
German SOFIA Institute (DSI)
Institut fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt der TU Berlin
Institute of Astronautics of TU Munich
Institute of Aerospace Engineering at TU Dresden
Technical University Aachen
Aerospace Studies are possible in all above listed Universities
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