Background and Objectives

"Satellite applications such as car navigation systems, weather predictions, Google EarthTM, and tsunami warnings play an important role in our daily lives. All of these things are made possible by satellites. Many more applications not only for science but also for people's daily lives are expected in the future. If you would like to know more about the inner workings of satellites, their orbits, their sensor systems, about data processing, modeling and interpretation, and use this knowledge for a future career, ESPACE is the right Master's program to choose. ESPACE offers you the chance to work with top professors and lecturers from universities, research institutes and industry in and around Munich while studying at one of Germany's best universities. Our objective is to lead our students toward a future in a real, high technology field and to produce satellite application engineers."

--Professor Reiner Rummel, former ESPACE Director and former Chair of the Institute for Astronomical and Physical Geodesy, TUM

How the ESPACE Master's Program was founded as a Satellite Application Engineering Program

Earth observation satellites help us better understand and monitor our environment. Today, researchers within climatology, oceanography, meteorology as well as national agencies and logistics companies are all dependent on up-to-date satellite data. Design, development and data analysis of respective satellite missions require experts with knowledge not only in spacecraft design and orbit mechanics but also in satellite applications, as well as Earth system science, remote sensing and navigation. From an educational point of view, this diversity is a challenge. Classical university programs cover parts of this spectrum in different disciplines. These are aerospace engineering, electronic engineering or geodesy - just to mention a few - yet there is hardly any connection between these parts.

Therefore several institutions in and around Munich decided to combine their expertise and set up a graduate program with the aim of educating Satellite Application Engineers. The result is the ESPACE Master's program, established in 2005.

ESPACE benefits from and utilizes its location in Munich with its unique concentration of expertise related to space science and technology. The ESPACE Master's program is coordinated at the Technische Universität München with excellent teaching staff from

  • 3 universities (Technische Universität München, Ludwig-Maximilian University, University of the Federal Armed Forces)
  • Research institutions (such as the German Aerospace Center, DLR and the German Geodetic Research Institute, DGFI)
  • Space industry (such as EADS or Kayser-Threde)

Please view Degree Program Documentation and Program Structure for more details on the general structure of ESPACE. A detailed compilation of all offered modules can be found here (valid from winter semester 2015/16) and here (valid from winter semester 2019/20).

The successful participation in all examinations and the completion of the Master's Thesis leads to the academic title M.Sc. (Master of Science) in Earth Oriented Space Science and Technology.

ESPACE Alumni can be best described as satellite application engineers, now working or doing PhD studies in national space agencies, space industry, research institutions, or universities. To learn more, please visit our Alumni section!