DLR is the Federal Republic of Germany’s research centre for aeronautics and space. They conduct research and development activities in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation. The German Space Agency at DLR plans and implements the national space programme on behalf of the federal government. 

DLR is involved in the 5G-STARDUST project with the Institute of Communications and Navigation, implementing the project activities through the Satellite Networks department.

What is your organization’s role in the project? What unique contribution does it bring to the team?

DLR is the coordinator of the project and also contributes to some of the key technical features of the planned activities with respect to the overall architecture definition and to the development of the networking operations, in relation to multi-connectivity and edge-computing concepts for 5G-converged NTN systems. In this respect, special attention will be given to the integration of NTN with 5G system from a networking standpoint, with respect to some of the key building blocks.

Why is this project important for your organization?

The participation to the 5G-STARDUST Project is a key milestone for the DLR, as this will allow to 1) consolidate the portfolio of projects dealing with integration of NTN with 5G and beyond and support accordingly the digital agenda of the organisation, 2) let DLR extend the long heritage in satellite communication projects towards terrestrial domains and accordingly pave the way towards new project acquisition and achieving important research objectives connected to the context of integrated 5G+NTN networks, 3) to achieve a prominent role in the field at German and European level though key dissemination activities and to provide opportunity for IPR actions in terms of patenting and software licensing, where applicable.

Who are the key people involved?

The main people involved in the 5G-STARDUST Project from DLR are: Dr. Tomaso de Cola (Project Coordinator), Benjamin Barth, and Roshith Sebastian.