Companies in the aerospace industry and innovative suppliers alike benefit from the expertise of technical universities in Berlin and Cottbus-Senftenberg, Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, the University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Max Planck and Fraunhofer Institutes.
Research institutions linked to Berlin's aerospace industry
- Technical University of Berlin,
- Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg
(Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg - BTU),
- Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences
(Technische Hochschule Wildau),
- Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences
(TH Brandenburg a. d. Havel)
- Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Technical Acustics
(Institut für Strömungsmechanik und Technische Akustik - ISTA),
- Fraunhofer Research Institution PYCO
- Technical University of Berlin - Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology
(Fraunhofer Institut für Produktionsanlagen und Konstruktionstechnik - IPK),
- Technical University of Berlin (Logistics)
- Beuth University of Applied Sciences
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- European Aviation Security Center e.V. Schönhagen
- Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
(Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und Prüfung - BAM),
- German Aerospace Center at Adlershof
(Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. - DLR),
- Helmholtz-Center Potsdam German Research Center for Geosciences
(Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum - GFZ),
- HU Berlin,
- Ferdinand Braun Institut.
The Fraunhofer Institutes and the German Aerospace Center in Berlin have oriented their capacities and qualifications toward aerospace-relevant fields and take on research and development contracts from the region's aerospace industry.
In 1963, TU Berlin was the first university in Germany to establish a chair in space technology. Now one of the world's most prestigious chairs on the subject, TU Berlin is also the university with the most satellites in orbit.
In addition, the University of Potsdam runs a research centre for public law, media law and air and space law.
The MERTIS mission of the German Aerospace Centre is travelling to map Mercury's temperatures. The telescope project PLATO has been on its way to Mercury under direction from Berlin since 2018, and will measure the atmosphere of planets outside our solar system. In 2020, some instruments were already tested on Venus as part of the flyby.