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Institute of Space Systems (IRS)

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IRS’s approximately 70 scientists and technical employees work in various areas of aerospace science. They conduct research in the fields of: Astronautics and space stations, airborne/infrared astronomy, space systems (small satellites) as well as space transport technology (electric propulsion)

The extensive research activities are the foundation for worldwide contact with other research and university facilities as well as industrial partners. The technology transfer from the field of aerospace to industrial applications e.g. in the field of plasma technology has already a long tradition. In other areas like construction of satellites or sensor technology various colaborations do also exist and will be extended further more.


The institute focuses on the following research topics:

  • Astronautics and space stations
  • Electric propulsion
  • Development and operation of small satellites and their instruments
  • Remote sensing
  • Infrared astronomy
  • Diagnostics and sensors
  • Mission and system analysis
  • Plasma technology
  • Aerospace qualification
  • Space transportation technology
  • Reentry research and aerothermodynamics


IRS has at its disposal a wide variety of laboratories and test stands to use for research and teaching. In addition, the institute has access to a high performance computer and operates the flying infrared observatory SOFIA. IRS’s facilities are also used by research and industrial partners.


Extraordinary Career Opportunities

IRS is one of fourteen institutes belonging to the Faculty of Aerospace and Geodesy at the Universität Stuttgart. It is the only university institute in the state of Baden-Württemberg which not only conducts research in the field of aerospace but also offers lectures on the subject. The more than 1500 students enrolled in the faculty receive their education in the fi elds of space systems and their application by means of over 50 lecture courses. Annually an average of 50 master theses as well as fi ve doctoral theses are successfully completed at IRS.


Partners from industry and other research facilities are involved in the lecture courses so that the students are in contact with leading regional and national aerospace companies from the outset. Additionally, the Stuttgart Small Satellite Program was established in 2002 and offers students the unique opportunity to participate in every phase of the design as well as the construction and operation of university satellites during their studies. Obtaining this practice paves the way for excellent career opportunities.