DLR, German Federal Ministry of Defense Sign Implementation Agreement

COLOGNE, Germany (DLR PR) — Space-based systems for earth observation, communication and navigation as well as the observation of the near-earth environment and the sun play an indispensable role in almost all areas of state security. 

Therefore, the space management of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg) will strengthen their cooperation in the future: On August 14, 2020, both parties signed an implementation agreement for the implementation of administrative tasks in the area of ​​space. 

The DLR Space Administration can now be commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Defense with permanent tasks in the area of ​​strategy and programming as well as project-related space tasks.

With the increasing use of space, the need for cooperation as well as the regulation and coordination, monitoring and control of space activities grows at the national and international level. According to the federal government’s space strategy, this need can only be met across departments. 

“With the signing of the implementation agreement, the position of the DLR space management in its function as the German space agency will be strengthened”, explains Dr. Walther Pelzer, DLR board member and responsible for DLR space management. “The joint approach underlines the increasing importance of the use of space for national security and makes a further contribution to the coordination of sovereign activities in the area of ​​space.”

Wherever possible, the Federal Government uses synergies between security-relevant system competencies and civil developments to further develop system capabilities and strategically important key technologies in Germany. 

Further implementation agreements already exist between the DLR Space Administration and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).