DLR - German Aerospace Center
DLR, Germany's Aerospace Research Center and Space Agency, is a national institution. It consists of 30 institutes at eight locations throughout Germany. Approximately 5.000 employees work for DLR.
The budget of DLR for its own research and development work and its other operations amounts to approximately 450 Million Euro, of which one third are funds earned by DLR. DLR also administers the space budget of the German government, which totals some 760 Million Euro. DLR is member of the Helmholtz association.
As Germany's space agency DLR manages the country's space activities on behalf of and under the instructions of the federal entities responsible for those activities. That means DLR plans space activites and carries out the German space-flight programs. DLR's foremost goals are to strengthen the German aerospace industry and its role as an international partner and competitor and to improve the quality of research and development. The objective of DLR is to transfer the knowledge and technology advances achieved in aeronautics and space flight into innovations that can compete in the market-place.
One of DLR's major locations is Oberpfaffenhofen south-west of Munich. The main fields of research at the institutes in Oberpfaffenhofen are planning of space missions and climate research. Oberpfaffenhofen is involved in the ISS. 40 satellites have been injected into orbit from the DLR center. Since 2003 DLR Oberpfaffenhofen also hosts a school lab. It is open to students who can try their hands on "real" DLR experiments.