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Chair of Space Technology

About Us [1]

Since its inception in 1963, the Chair of Space Technology of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics has successfully conducted research and educated systems engineers for the space industry. more to: About Us [2]

Research [3]

The research of the Chair of Space Technology focuses on the miniaturisation of space technology, in particularly on the miniturisation of small satellite technologies at the component and system level. more to: Research [4]

Study [5]

The study programme of the Chair of Space Technology mainly focuses on space system design, space technology, space management & operation. more to: Study [6]

International Master's [7]

The Chair of Space Technology has recently introduced a new international full-time Master’s programme in space engineering. more to: International Master's [8]


(Digital) Summer Term 2020 [9]


As all other institutes at TU Berlin, the institue of aeronautics and astronautics is completely closed. Neither secretariat staff nor lecturers have access to the building. Exams and post-exam reviews will be postponed. Nevertheless, we are happy to offer the following lecture courses online... more to: (Digital) Summer Term 2020 [10]

"Polytech Days" at TU Berlin [11]


In February 2020 Berlin was hosting „Polytech Days“ organized by Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. Prof. Dr.-Eng. Klaus Brieß and Dr. Vyacheslav Potekhin opened the event with their presentation on “Space and Robotics Systems”... more to: "Polytech Days" at TU Berlin [12]

Successful operations of BEESAT-9 [13]

BEESAT-9 LEOP Operations in the Mission Control Center

On 05.07.2019 at 05:41:46 UTC, BEESAT-9 was launched into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 530km with the launch provider EXOLAUNCH on a Soyuz/Fregat rocket. At 10:06 UTC BEESAT-9 was ejected from its launch container. About 30 minutes later, the first signals were received over Berlin. more to: Successful operations of BEESAT-9 [14]

German initiative for academic small satellites was founded [15]


On July 15, 2019 representatives from different German universities met the coordinator of aviation and space of the government Thomas Jarzombek in the federal ministry for economic affairs and energy.Together they founded the "Kleinsatelliteninitiative deutscher Hochschulen und Universitäten".The initiative aims at increasing the impact of small satellites at German universities and institutions of higher education. TU Berlin is part of the initiative. more to: German initiative for academic small satellites was founded [16]

BEESAT-9 is ready for launch [17]

BEESAT-9 Flight-Model

From 13 June 2019 to 17 June 2019, BEESAT-9 was successfully checked out at the cosmodrome and finally integrated into the deployer. The satellite launch is scheduled for July 5th, 2019 at 05:41:46 UTC into a sun-synchronous orbit at 530km altitude. more to: BEESAT-9 is ready for launch [18]

Rocket launch with student experiment [19]


After one and a half years of preparation, student experiment TUPEX-6 (TU Berlin Picosatellite Experiment 6) is close to the finish line. On the coming weekend, the small satellite developed by the international team will be ejected from a sounding rocket. During its time in the milligravity environment, the goal is to demonstrate an innovative attitude control system on board of their Free-falling Unit (FFU). more to: Rocket launch with student experiment [20]

BEESAT-4 passes and images DLR satellite BIROS [21]

Camera frame and Sun vector at the time of the first image acquisition

Just before its second anniversary on orbit, the CubeSat BEESAT-4 (1kg) of TU Berlin passes the minisatellite BIROS (140kg) of DLR. BEESAT-4 passed BIROS on September 5th 2018. The closest approach happened at 3:27pm UTC nearby the south pole. At that time the distance was around 3.7km. The flyby was used to demonstrate the 3-axes stabilized attitude control and point with the camera towards BIROS. more to: BEESAT-4 passes and images DLR satellite BIROS [22]

Project SALSA completed [23]


The project SALSA, in which an on-orbit spectrum analyzer was developed, was successfully completed with the qualification review on June 28th 2018. The next step is the integration into a satellite bus as port of the SALSAT project... more to: Project SALSA completed [24]

TechnoSat – Mission Accomplished [25]

Antarctic shelf ice recorded by TechnoSat

Last Saturday marked the first anniversary of the launch of TechnoSat. Since it’s separation on the 14th of July 2017 at 09:03:30 UTC the satellite has almost completed the planned one-year mission after 5438 orbits. more to: TechnoSat – Mission Accomplished [26]

TUPEX-6 selected to launch on REXUS [27]


Recently students from the Chair of Space Technology were informed that their TU Berlin Picosatellite EXperiment 6 (TUPEX-6) has been granted a flight ticket for the REXUS 25/26 mission. REXUS (Rocket Experiment for University Students) is a joint program funded by the German, European, and Swedish space agencies as well as several companies. Starting in 2007, REXUS selects 8 to 10 student experiments per year to launch on 2 rockets. Fields of study include atmospheric research, physics, materials science, astrophysics, biology, and technology demonstration. The REXUS 25/26 mission is aiming to launch out of Esrange, Sweden in March of 2019. more to: TUPEX-6 selected to launch on REXUS [28]

TechnoSat mission half-time [29]

Horizont über Indonesien aufgenommen von TechnoSat am 29. November 2017

During orbit 2,742 on Sunday, January the 14th , at 09:30 AM (UTC) TechnoSat completed the first half of its mission. And the nano-satellite of Technische Universität Berlin is still in best condition. The platform has proven its reliability and robustness and mastered all tasks to full expectations. more to: TechnoSat mission half-time [30]

Contact to BEESAT-3 succesfully established [31]

First decoded frame of BEESAT-3

4 Years, 8 months and 20 days after being launched to Low Earth Orbit researchers from Technische Universität Berlin could establish contact to the Picosatellite BEESAT-3 on Sunday, 7th of January 2018 for the first time since its launch. The satellite was commanded from Berlin and its telemetry and morsecode-beacon were received in the Netherlands by radio amateur Jan van Muijlwijk (PA3FXB) of the CAMRAS foundation using the 25m antenna of the Dwingeloo Radio Observatory. more to: Contact to BEESAT-3 succesfully established [32]

S-Net ready for launch [33]

The four S-Net flight models and the checkout team in Vostochny

The S-Net Team of TU Berlin successfully conducted the final launch readiness procedure of the four satellites at the Vostochny launch site (Amur Oblast, Russia). The health status of the satellites has been checked, last updates were installed and the integration on the Fregat upper stage was prepared. The S-Net satellites are now ready for the launch!​ more to: S-Net ready for launch [34]

Further Events

  • S-Net - Acceptance Passed [35]
  • 68th International Astronautical Congress [36]
  • Erasmus+ event at TU Berlin [37]
  • TechnoSat’s 1000th orbit [38]

Provisional Head of the Chair

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Peitsch
Phone: +49 30 314-22878
Room F 007
e-mail query [39]


Bettina Taube
Room F 516
Marchstraße 12-14
D-10587 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 314-21305
Fax: +49 (0)30 314-21306

Follow @TUBspace [40]

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