Aerospace and Geodesy – A Journey Through Time

Since the days of Jules Verne, space has inspired mankind. Today it provides us with fascinating images, high-precision data and fundamental knowledge about our planet and the universe. Aeronautics inspires the spirit of discovery of entire generations. It promises international mobility and participation and reliably connects people, cultures and economic areas. Geodesy measures our planet with the highest accuracy. It identifies and visualizes global mass transports. It quantifies climate change and creates the basis for real-time navigation and global communcation. A look back at the origins and prehistory of the department and its location:


Foundation of the Polytechnische Schule München, forerunner of today‘s TUM, with the first director and geodesist of the University Karl Max von Bauernfeind

as from 1903

Aviation pioneers at TUM: Claude Dornier (as from 1903), Willy Messerschmitt (as from 1918)


Maiden flight of the helicopter Bo105 in Ottobrunn


Presentation of the first Transrapid Maglev Train prototype in Ottobrunn


Development of the European Airbus A300 aircraft in Ottobrun


ESA's first Ariane launcher takes off with engines produced in Ottobrunn


Space Shuttle Mission D-2 with astronaut Ulrich Walter


Maiden flight of the Eurofighter developed in Ottobrunn


Foundation of Munich Aerospace e.V.


Foundation of the Ludwig Bölkow Campus GmbH


Foundation of the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy on the initiative of the Bavarian State Government in May 2018


22 professorships • 800+ students • #08 worldwide in Geodesy/Remote Sensing in the Shanghai Subject Ranking • #16 worldwide in Aerospace Engineering in the Shanghai Subject Ranking • #12 in the Global Employability Ranking

Target 2030

50+ professorships • 3.000+ students • #01 department in Europe