German Aerospace Center DLR

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research Centre of Germany, as well as its space agency, and has approximately 8100 employees at 30 locations. DLR’s extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. The Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics headed by Prof. Dr. Alin Albu-Schäffer is located in Oberpfaffenhofen. The institute currently employs almost 200 engineers and scientists, and it is the central part of the Robotics and Mechatronics Center (RMC), a cluster and competence center for research and development in the areas of robotics, mechatronics, control and optical systems. The core competence of RMC is the design and realization of complex intelligent mechatronic concepts and systems, human-machine interfaces, as well as interdisciplinary virtual design, and computer-aided optimization and simulation. In the robotics community, the center is one of the biggest and most acknowledged institutes worldwide.


DLR's main role in the project is to construct and demonstrate the promising ORU-BOAS in its robotic testing facilities, showing, among others, the attachment capability with different satellites.