Today the scopes of the Chair of Space Technology are the education of future system engineers for astronautics and their preparatory training for today’s requirements of the market.
The focus is set on the design, implementation and operation of small satellite missions. State-of-the-art research on picosatellites and nanosatellites (BEESAT, TUBiX10, TUBiX20) shall continue the successful tradition of the ILR (TUBSAT series).
Besides these activities, the Chair of Space Technology works on the construction and launch of self-made sounding rockets and related experiments (TUPEX series). Furthermore, new fields of research focus on the development and implementation of planetary rovers (SEAR).
Together with BAM, the Department of Astronautics at TU Berlin would like to advance the topic of additive manufacturing in Earth orbit and on other celestial bodies. The focus here is not only the "printing" of satellite structures in Earth orbit, but also the processing of lunar rock (regolith) to create lunar bases.
They are a research institution with long experience in space hardware and experiments. The department has developed, launched and operated 27 satellites to date. Furthermore, they have conducted the world's first experiments on additive manufacturing under lunar gravity (in the Einstein Elevator) in a collaborative project.