Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Stefanos Fasoulas


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine Klinkner

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Alfred Krabbe

Prof. Fasoulas

Sheyla Fröhler-Valdez

Prof. Klinkner

Annegret Möller

Prof. Krabbe

Barbara Klett


Dr. Thomas Wegmann


Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme
Pfaffenwaldring 29
70569 Stuttgart

Tel. +49 711 685-69604
Fax +49 711 685-63596

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Information about the history of the Institute of Space Systems can be downloaded here:
History of  IRS starting in 1970 as PDF (German only)  


Institute of Space Systems (IRS), located in the Space Center Baden-Württemberg (RZBW)

Location: Campus Stuttgart-Vaihingen
Address: Pfaffenwaldring 29, 70569 Stuttgart

Main usable area: 1.998 m2
Inauguration: 26. October 2011
Staff: around 150, about 60 of whom are doctoral candidates
Unique test facilities: 5 Plasma wind tunnels, 8 engine test stands in 2 test halls and a cleanroom of the class ISO 8


The Space Center Baden-Wuerttemberg (RZBW), which was officially inaugurated on the 26th of October 2011 on the university campus at Pfaffenwaldring, almost looks as though it had come from another planet. The new, stunning, futuristic three-floor building is 60 meters long, boldly curved like a banana, and completely covered with a metal outer layer. It is the research home for about 140 of the University of Stuttgart’s researchers and engineers. Everything that happens inside the building revolves around space systems, the technology of space transportation, satellite instrument development, astronautics, airborne astronomy and space science. Research and development take place in close cooperation with other aerospace engineering institutes at the university and with international partners from the private sector and from other research institutions outside the university.

As a national forum for science, industry, and the public, the Space Center is meant to develop the transfer of technology and the exchange of ideas between the institutions involved. Furthermore, it offers optimal conditions for research, development, and science. “By launching the Space Center, the University of Stuttgart is becoming one of the biggest and most important European research and educational institutions in the field of space”, said Professor Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart, who was pleased with the IRS’s launch and predicted a “big future” for the institute in the field of space. “The center is a vital component for the research campus formed by IRS and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). This research campus is trend-setting for a strategic network between the university, the research institutions outside the university, the private sector, and society.” The aerospace engineering study program, which has been a part of the University of Stuttgart for over 40 years, has never experienced a decline in interest. At present, more than 2,000 students study at the 14 institutes of the faculty of Aerospace Engineering and Geodesy, and applications to study at the faculty always vastly outnumber the available spots.

The new structure, which was built over the span of two-years, offers excellent equipped laboratories, test stands, offices, event- and social zones on roughly 2,000 square meters of floor space. The new labs and clean rooms enable the production and usage of different instruments and space sensors according to the qualification directives of the European Space Agency (ESA) and meet industrial standards.

The building is occupied by the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI). DSI helps operate SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), which is the only flying observatory in the world. The national space forum serves not only research, development, and science, but also helps give the interested public a better understanding of the field of space. In the future, the center will have high quality exhibits and various events that give insight into the development of space engineering. Therefore, the spacious exhibition areas are an integral part of the building‘s design.

More information (in German): University building control department of Stuttgart and Hohenheim