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 country's industry and research community.

ATV-4 (“Albert Einstein”) successfully launched to the ISS in June 2013 for its five-months-mission, while launch preparation is ongoing for the ATV-5 launch in April 2014. ESA, mainly supported by Germany, is providing the ATV-derived service module for support of the NASA Orion crew vehicle for prospective lunar missions. After ten years of flight the European probe Rosetta will enter orbit of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in May 2014 and its lander Philae will land and dock on the comet in November 2014. German astronaut Alexander Gerst is currently in his final training for his six-months flight to the ISS in May 2014. The German infrared instrument FIFI-LS will be mounted and flown on the airborne SOFIA observatory of DLR and NASA following the successful campaign of the GREAT instrument.

Space activities have become a continuous priority in the German federal research budgets, and 2014 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

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 Contacts 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.

Yuris Night Stuttgart 2013 in 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 (DLR) from 2011 to 2014 will hopefully continue 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 2014 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 nine DLR_School_Labs, which allow school students and teachers to experience technology research live at selected DLR locations. Each of these locations offers multiple experiments and opportunities each year. This year the first 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, defense, 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 2014


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


DGLR Space Conference Baden-Württemberg (DGLR Raumfahrtkonferenz – Missionen aus Baden-Württemberg).


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 2014 in Stuttgart (Planetarium Stuttgart)
12 April 2014 in Bremen

11-12 April

SpaceUp Bremen (

20-25 May

International Aerospace Exhibition and Conferences (

16-18 September

63rd German Aerospace Congress (Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress).
Largest German conference on aeronautics and aerospace, held in Augsburg. Find out more here:


German Aerospace Day 2014 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: soon.

May & 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

DLR_next for young people interested in space
DGLR Nachwuchsgruppen
Yuri’s Night Germany
DGLR Student Working Group STAR
Hybrid Engine Development Student Project (HyEnD)
WARR – Student Working Group for rocket and space engineering
Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative (SSETI)
SSETI Propulsion Team Stuttgart
ExperimentalRaumfahrt-InteressenGemeinschaft e.V. (ERIG)
REXUS/BEXUS Rocket and Balloon Experiments for University Students
Bonding Student Initiative
Berliner Forum Zukunft

Institutions / Universities

German Aerospace Center: Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)
German Aerospace Association: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt – Lilienthal-Oberth e.V. (DGLR)
Institute of Space Systems (IRS) - University of Stuttgart
German SOFIA Institute
Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrt, TU Berlin
Institute of Astronautics, TU München
Institute of Aerospace Engineering, TU Dresden
Institut für Luft-und Raumfahrtsysteme, TU Braunschweig
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
, RWTH Aachen


Aerospace Studies are possible in all above listed Universities

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