The capital region ranks among the three most important locations for aerospace technology in Germany. With global players such as Planet Labs, Rolls-Royce, MTU, and Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services, world-renowned aerospace companies are in the region. In their environment there are many opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises as suppliers or in the service, security, or IT sectors. They all benefit from exceptionally high scientific and research potential in the capital region.
„Small satellites are the future of space travel. Berlin is both where this technology was born and remains its most important location in Germany. For more than 20 years, this innovation has taken place in companies, research institutes, and universities. The value chain from system technology to the marketing of data products is at home here in the capital region.“
Facts and figures
- About 7,500 specialists, technicians and engineers work for aerospace companies in the capital region
- Approximately 17,000 employees work in the aviation industry
- Venue of the Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace Berlin (ILA), the third largest trade fair in the world in this segment, and one of the highest-selling
- Optimal networking in and with the regional aerospace industry via the Berlin-Brandenburg Aerospace Alliance (BBAA)
- Regional core competences are satellite technology, drive technology, maintenance, overhaul and repair (aircraft maintenance), simulation and testing, as well as expertise in the production and marketing of small aircraft
Competence Center for Aerospace Technologies and New Space
Traditionally, the regional aerospace sector has been characterized by the small satellite segment. Three players in the region produce complete small satellites: Astro-Feinwerktechnik GmbH, Berlin Space Technologies, and TU Berlin. TU Berlin is the university with the most satellites in orbit worldwide.
More than 70 companies, training institutes (e.g. beSpace GmbH), and research centers (e.g. DLR, HU Berlin, Ferdinand Braun Institut), which are anchored in the capital region, are pursuing space and with their various expertise and specializations, form a holistic, interdisciplinary, regional center of competence for aerospace technologies and applications.
Regional drone technologies are conquering the market
Civil unmanned aerial systems have recently been added to the established activities. Here there is great deal of momentum in terms of applications and services. More than 60 players from the field of research (e.g. DAI Labor, the European Aviation Security Center), development (e.g. germandrones GmbH, service-drone.de GmbH, BärDrones), and application (e.g. Airteam) are helping to make the capital region a leading unmanned flying location.
Selected aerospace companies and research institutions
- Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services GmbH Berlin-Schönefeld
- Lufthansa Technik Logistik GmbH Berlin-Schönefeld
- PACE Aerospace Engineering and Technology GmbH
- Technische Universität TU Berlin
- Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
- MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH Ludwigsfelde
- Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & CoKg Dahlewitz
- Astro- und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH
- AneCom AeroTest GmbH Wildau
- European Aviation Security Center e.V. Schönhagen
- LiveEO GmbH
- Berliner Glas KGaA
- FTI Group
- AQUILA Aviation GmbH
- Magson GmbH
Networks, initiatives and associations
BBAA - The capital region's aerospace network
An additional advantage for the aerospace sector in Berlin-Brandenburg: the region's aerospace stakeholders, from industry to R&D and business development agencies, have linked their capacities in the Berlin-Brandenburg Aerospace Allianz (BBAA). The BBAA's mission is to exploit synergies among its members, to establish meaningful ties between regional business development marketing and the marketing measures of individual companies and to help small and mid-sized businesses establish themselves as highly qualified aerospace industry suppliers through consulting and professional development.
German Engineering Federation
(Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.)
The VDMA is one of the key industry associations and service providers in Europe and forms the largest network of capital goods producers in Europe.
Its overall mission is built around four core principles: “Networked thinking, networked actions“, “Creating the corporate tomorrow“, “Technology for you and me“, and “Europe and the World“. The organization providing optimal support to VDMA members includes associations for specific engineering disciplines, regional associations, central departments dealing with engineering and machine building topics as well as subsidiary service companies.
The German Electrical and Electronics Industry Association
(Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V. - ZVEI)
The ZVEI represents the interests of the German electrical and electronics industry with regard to economic, technology and environmental policy at the national, European and international levels. It provides targeted information about the economic, technical and legal conditions under which the electrical and electronics industries operate in Germany.
EASC - European Aviation Security Center e.V.
The EASC carries out research in the field of airport security. A manufacturer-independent platform for the development of airport security devices and application scenarios for unmanned aerial systems.