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Experience infinite expanses up close. Our mission is not just space. Our mission is the Earth.

Since the days of Jules Verne, space travel has inspired mankind. Today, it provides us with fascinating images, highly precise data and fundamental knowledge about our planet and the universe. Aviation has inspired the spirit of discovery of entire generations. It ensures international mobility and participation and reliably connects people, cultures and economic areas. Geodesists survey our planet with the highest accuracy and identify and visualize global mass transports. They quantify climate changes and create the basis for real-time navigation and earth-spanning communication.

We are convinced that only those who understand the world as a whole can move it as a whole.

The Department of Aerospace and Geodesy at the TUM School of Engineering and Design will continue to expand this position in the coming years with relevant professional additions and targeted reinforcements at the interfaces of the classical disciplines. In doing so, we rely on the high-tech location Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen and the cooperation with industry, startups and top international institutions.

That is why scientists in the department conduct research to observe all the parts in order to understand and change the whole. The focus is always on people and the living environment: mobility, urbanization, nutrition and secure communications are just some of the areas we aim to improve through our research and innovation. At the same time, we empower the best talents from around the world to take on their social responsibility and thus move the world.


21% female
and 56% international


4 Locations: Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen - Garching - Oberpfaffenhofen - Munich


For more information on our locations and our partners at the locations, please visit Network & Institutions.

#4 worldwide in Geodesy/Remote Sensing in the Shanghai Subject Ranking
#21 worldwide in Aerospace Engineering in the Shanghai Subject Ranking

With its currently 27 professorships and chairs, the department is already playing in the Champions League of research: In the Shanghai Subject Ranking, it ranks 4th in geodesy/remote sensing and 21st in aerospace worldwide.

As of January 30, 2023