Visit of Bavarian State Minister Christian Bernreiter to GCC


Visit of Bavarian State Minister Christian Bernreiter to GCC

On the 2nd of May 2023, we had the honor of welcoming Bavarian State Minister for Housing, Construction, and Transport, Christian Bernreiter, along with Bundestag Member Michael Kießling, State Parliament Member Dr. Ute Eiling-Hütig, and District Administrator Stefan Frey to the Galileo Control Center in Oberpfaffenhofen.

Upon the invitation of our shareholder, DLR (German Aerospace Center), they visited the Institute of Communication and Navigation, represented by Florian David, and the Galileo Control Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, represented by DLR GfR CEOs Walter Päffgen and Dr. Rolf Kozlowski.

The Bavarian State Minister was impressed by what can be controlled from Bavaria using the satellites and acknowledged that this technology has become an integral part of everyday life. Christian Bernreiter also expressed gratitude to all employees for their dedicated efforts and expressed confidence in Bavaria’s progress and excellent positioning in the areas of housing, construction, and transport.

F.l.t.r.: Andreas Lehner, Thomas Strang, Prof. Dr. Christian Juckenack, Dr. Rolf Kozlowski, Michael Kießling, Zekeriya Ceyhanli, Christian Bernreiter, Dr. Ute Eiling-Hütig, Walter Päffgen, Christoph Winkelkötter, Stefan Frey – Image Credits: Bayerischen Staatsminister für Wohnen, Bau und Verkehr

Walter Päffgen, CEO of DLR GfR, familiarized the guests with the advantages of an autonomous European navigation system and also provided information about the planned new construction, which is only a few meters away from the control center. Dr. Rolf Kozlowski, also a CEO of DLR GfR, then presented the upcoming second generation of Galileo satellites and the challenges associated with their operation. He impressively demonstrated that DLR GfR is more than ready for the next step.

About DLR GfR:
Founded in 2008 as a subsidiary of the German Aerospace Center, DLR GfR mbH is responsible for the management of Europe’s largest space constellation, the European satellite navigation system GALILEO, at the Galileo Control Center (GCC-D) in Oberpfaffenhofen on behalf of the European Commission.

Thanks to the technical infrastructure implemented by DLR GfR, the company guarantees a service availability of 99.99 percent. DLR GfR’s constellation operations services at GCC-D include 24/7 routine operation and maintenance of the 26 Galileo satellites and associated ground segment infrastructure. From GCC-D, the operation of the globally distributed Galileo infrastructure, both on the ground and in orbit, is organized across all mission phases. This includes mission planning and flight dynamics services, efficient team training and management, reliable configuration monitoring, and global service level tracking and monitoring.

With an international team of more than 240 experts from 24 nations, DLR GfR provides its customers with reliable and safe space services and steers the Galileo project into the future with foresight.

About German Aerospace Center (DLR):
DLR is the Federal Republic of Germany’s research center for aeronautics and space. It conducts research and development in aeronautics, space, energy and transport, security and digitization. The German Space Agency at DLR is responsible for planning and implementing German space activities on behalf of the Federal Government. Two DLR project management agencies oversee funding programs and support knowledge transfer. Climate, mobility and technology are changing globally. DLR uses the expertise of its more than 55 institutes and facilities to develop solutions for the challenges of today and the world of tomorrow. More than 10,000 employees share a common mission: to explore the Earth and space and to develop technologies for a sustainable future. In this way, DLR contributes to strengthening Germany as a center of knowledge and business.

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