With over 55 professorships in total – 30 of which are new appointments – TUM’s new department will be the largest faculty of its kind in Europe.

To gain maximum benefit from synergies across disciplines, the new department is establishing several interdisciplinary competence clusters. These cover the entire international research spectrum in aerospace and geodesy.

Key research groups and projects at the department will include:

  • TUM Center for Automated Urban Aerial Mobility, researching the technical and practical feasibility of air taxis
  • Bavaria Sat satellite (Bavarian space program)
  • Earth observation, satellite navigation and space robotics in collaboration with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen
  • Research into hyperloop technologies and operating models (high-speed transport system, building on student achievements and TUM’s research expertise)

The new department will bring together many of the university’s established fields of expertise, spanning lightweight construction (fiber-reinforced plastics and carbon composites), drive systems, aerodynamics, control and sensor technologies, flight systems (air taxis), alternative energy sources (Ottobrunn algae cultivation center) satellite navigation, remote sensing, earth observation (ESA’s GOCE satellite) and all areas of geodesy.