Launch of the DLR Institutefor Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing (DLR-SI)

The DLR-SI primarily focuses on research questions in the context of the use of quantum technologies and quantum sensors and develop quantum measurement techniques for innovative applications up to the realization of prototype solutions.

The solution of societally relevant challenges such as climate change, water resources, energy supply, digitalization, future mobility and security will benefit significantly from the innovations in quantum technology and quantum sensor technology as driven by the Institute for Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing in cooperation with the new DLR Institute of Quantum Technology and the Galileo Competence Center and will also open up new perspectives in future space missions.

With the quantum physics underlying this research, the institute also has the expertise to build scalable quantum computers, especially for ion-based systems, which are also being researched at Leibniz University Hannover.

The institute was founded in cooperation between the states of Lower Saxony and Bremen with locations in Hannover and Bremen. The department “Relativistic Modelling” is located in Bremen and cooperates strongly with the University of Bremen. The other six departments are located in Hannover and cooperate strongly with Leibniz University Hannover. The department “Optical Frequency Metrology” cooperates closely with the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig and the department “Quantum Optical Sensing” cooperates closely with the Albert-Einstein-Institute in Hannover.



DLR German Aerospace Center
Institute for Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing
Callinstr. 30b
30167 Hannover

Contact person
Acting head of institute

Prof. Dr. Meike List
Dr. Lisa Wörner

Secretary’s office

Phone: +49 421 24420 1929