SGAC Germany

National Points of Contact
Sebastian Kleim Benjamin Kraetzig
Sebastian Kleim
Dec 2013-Dec 2015
Benjamin Kraetzig
Dec 2013-Dec 2015
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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-5 (“Georges Lemaître”) successfully launched to the ISS in July 2014 for its six-months-mission, and undocked from ISS on 14 February for its re-entry on 27 February but rescheduled to 15 February 2015. The ATV-5 re-entry observation mission has therefore not been performed.

ESA, mainly supported by Germany, is providing the ATV-derived service module for the support of the NASA Orion crew vehicle for prospective lunar missions.

After ten years of flight the European probe Rosetta entered the orbit of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and its probe Philae landed on the comet in November 2014. German astronaut Alexander Gerst successfully completed his six-months flight to the ISS in November 2014 with great scientific impact and public outreach. The German infrared instrument FIFI-LS will be mounted and flown on the airborne SOFIA observatory of DLR and NASA a second time in 2015. The German MASCOT lander is on the way to Asteroid 1999 JU 3 as part of the Japanese Hayabusa 2 mission.

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) works together with NASA’s JPL and the University of California on the DAWN mission to observe and examine the dwarf planet Ceres, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The spacecraft will reach its destination on 6 March 2015.

Space activities have become a continuous priority in the German federal research budgets, and 2015 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, share ideas and join us!


Young Space Activities Overview

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 and many active members in SGAC Project Groups 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 build on past achievements, stimulate exchange between different interest groups and to encourage individuals and new groups to get involved.

German Participants at the Space Generation
Congress 2014 in Toronto

Yuri’s Night Stuttgart 2013 in the
Planetarium (Image: Yuri’s Night Stuttgart)
German Space Day at DLR/EAC Cologne
in September 2011 (Image: DLR)

The Memorandum of Understanding between SGAC and the German Aerospace Center from 2011 to 2014 will hopefully continue with an extension for the next years. DLR sponsored and supported 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 2015 or contact NPoCs Benjamin and Sebastian 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 example, 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 also operates twelve DLR_School_Labs, which allow school students and teachers to experience technology research live at selected DLR and university locations. Each of these locations offers multiple experiments and opportunities each year. This year the national CanSat competition is held in Bremen and allows high school students to get involved in the German space community and maybe even beyond in Europe.

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 Berlin Forum Zukunft at the German Council of Foreign Affairs (DGAP) is a dedicated think tank for aerospace with a specific focus on outer space affairs and it conducts research about topics regarding security, defence, military and technology policy. They also host events on a wide range of 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 … join us and get involved! 


Country-Specific Events in 2015


CanSat Germany is conducting the final launching campaign after a year full of teacher and student workshops


21-22 March 

SpaceUp Cologne

For the first time, a SpaceUp conference is held in Cologne, right at the heart of Germany’s space activities. The event will take place at the European Astronauts Center and you can find out more on

10-12 April

StartUp Weekend Space: Bremen

Learn more about how to become a space entrepreneur in this 3-day event. For more details, please check


Yuri’s Night Germany 2014

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 2015 Yuri's Night Köln
18. April 2015 Stuttgart

26-31 July

Space Station Design Workshop 2015 @ University of Stuttgart

20 September

German Aerospace Day 2015 at DLR in Cologne

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. More info at:

22-24 September

64th German Aerospace Congress (Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress)

Largest German conference on aeronautics and aerospace, held in Rostock. Find out more here:

March & Sept./Oct.

REXUS/BEXUS student experiment campaigns.

Fly your own experiment to space! Find out more at


Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Germany

Groups, People

Institutions / Universities


  • Aerospace Studies are possible in all above listed Universities

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