German Aerospace Centre expands with new data centre

Current and future satellite projects will benefit from data collected at a new German Aerospace Centre. 

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" The German Aerospace Centre plays an important role in the international space community and is the national main research and development organisation for space technologies. With the new data centre DLR has the capability to develop and operate near space based real-time applications for the main European programmes COPERNICUS and Galileo. "

Germany’s national space centre, the German Aerospace Centre has been in Neustrelitz since 1992. As a major research institution in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the centre is involved in both national and international space projects, with the main research areas being satellite-based Earth Observation and Navigation. It participates in the European programmes COPERNICUS and Galileo GNSS, as well as in aeronautical communications and traffic control systems. 

In order to remain relevant in an increasingly competitive space sector, the German Aerospace Centre opened a data centre in 2013 under the project ‘German Aerospace Centre (DLR): expansion in Neustrelitz’. Specifically, the project funded the construction of a new state-of-the-art building. The demands of European and national organisations to provide space data products for global monitoring, environment and security purposes in near real-time require a powerful infrastructure including antenna systems and data centre capabilities. The new data centre hosts the main control room of the Neustrelitz satellite ground station and provides opportunities for real-time data acquisition, processing and dissemination for current and future satellite missions. 

New technology

The infrastructure of the new data centre is based on modern facility technology including, for example, clean room capabilities for radio frequency compatibility tests, which are necessary between spacecraft transmitter and receiving stations some years before satellite launch. 

The European Earth Observation programme COPERNICUS uses payload ground segment infrastructure to bring data products from the Sentinel satellites to European customers. European organisations will be also provided with information products by the infrastructure of national facilities. In the context of Maritime security, the new data centre of German Aerospace Centre delivers information products to the European Maritime Safety Agency. 

Green initiative

To be in line with the EU’s green initiative, the building was fitted with a green infrastructure. For example, power for the servers is supplied using green technology, and waste heat from the servers and additional solar equipment cool the computer equipment. 

Total investment

Total investment for the project “German Aerospace Centre (DLR): expansion in Neustrelitz” is EUR 9 700 000. The EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributed EUR 3 440 000 from the Operational Programme “Mecklenburg-Vorpommern” for the programming period 2007-2013. 

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