Fireball west of Berlin

On Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 10:48 PM, the Hungarian astronomer Krisztián Sárneczky discovered a near-Earth asteroid and reported it to the Minor Planet Center, the international hub for observations of small bodies in the solar system. Initial analyses by ESA and NASA suggested that this…

To the Moon and Beyond: Podcast with Prof. Philipp Reiss

Why should we go back to the Moon? Which lunar resources can we use and how? Can we protect the moon from overexploitation? Professor Philipp Reiss joined the latest episode of our student council's podcast "ON AIR - Actually Rocket Science" and took us on a journey to the Moon and beyond... Watch…

LPE fireball cameras observed aurora in southern Bavaria

Auroras are frequent phenomena in Scandinavia during the winter months, which can also be seen from time to time in northern Germany. Rarely, these natural phenomena are visible from Bavaria. At the end of September (Night from September 24 to 25, 2023) a reddish glow (6300 Å), produced by oxygen…

European Lunar Symposium 2023

This week, our team was in Padua, Italy, for the 11th edition of the European Lunar Symposium. With a record number of participants, it was once again an excellent showcase of current lunar science, technology development, and missions. As one of the highlights, ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer…

Space Resources Week 2023

At this year's Space Resources Week in Luxembourg, we showcased our research on ISRU, lunar volatiles, and instrument development. The presentations can be watched online here. Our presentation titled "Lunar and planetary exploration activities at the Technical University of Munich" can be…

Visit of the Bavarian Parliament

It was a pleasure to welcome the representatives of the Bavarian Parliament yesterday in our Department of Aerospace and Geodesy and to present our lunar research. Read more about the visit of the Bavarian Parliament here.  

Our team at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

This week, our team was at the 54th LPSC in Houston, presenting the latest work on lunar exosphere modelling, permittivity sensor developments, and PROSPECT landing site selection.  Check out the abstracts below: Lunar exosphere  Permittivity sensors  PROSPECT landing sites 

New courses in summer term 2023!

Starting summer term 2023, we will offer a series of new courses: Space Exploration Near-Earth Objects for Engineers and Physicists Master Seminar in Lunar and Planetary Exploration Find out more: Teaching

Frontiers in Space Technologies

Just released: our new Research Topic in Frontiers in Space Technologies on "Technologies for Prospecting, Extraction, and Utilization of Space Resources". Open for submissions until 23 July! Learn more​​​​​​​

Artificial meteoroids will fly to space

On Tuesday, December 06 2022, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced the winners of the Microlauncher Payload Competition at the 2022 Small Satellites Conference (Kleinsatellitenkonferenz) in Berlin. The prize is a free launch on the first rocket of Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA). Among the…