Steinbeis Transfer Center Aerospace Technology and Application


  • Research and development projects
  • Engineering services
  • Technology transfer
  • Funding searches
  • Training and continuing professional development
  • Summer schools
  • Mentoring
  • Expert reports
  • Consulting
  • Studies
  • Exhibitions

Key Areas

Aerospace, electrically powered spacecraft propulsion, atmospheric entry and plasma technology

  • Development, production, maintenance, and marketing of plasma sources, space propulsion systems, and sensors
  • Experimental and numerical simulation of atmospheric entry scenarios
  • Technology transfer of aerospace know-how into industrial applications
  • Development of plasma processes and machines for industrial applications
  • Material testing and validation using high enthalpy flows and plasma flows
  • Development and application of calculation methods for generating plasma flows and assessing their impact on materials and components, also for optimizing plasma sources and plasma processes, and for carrying out aero/thermo-chemical calculations on material properties in high enthalpy flows and plasma flows.
  • Maintenance; process optimization on plasma-based systems
  • Concept development, design, construction, and validation of plasma sources and systems used for:
    • Coating and decoating
    • Shock hardening
    • Treatment and disposal of gaseous waste and hazardous materials
    • Support with chemical process management
    • Development and validation of heat protection materials used in atmospheric entry
  • MHD generators
  • Magnetic influences on plasma flows
  • Development and flight validation of electrically powered spacecraft propulsion systems
  • Development and validation of sensors used in high-temperature applications
  • Development of measurement methods, sensors, and systems for monitoring operating
  • conditions

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and remote sensing

  • UAS searches relating to technologies and applications
  • UAS applications relating to:
    • hazard analysis and risk analysis
    • agriculture
    • environmental protection, animal welfare
  • Geodata acquisition using UAS (planning, recording, evaluation)
  • Geovisualization
  • Geoinformation systems
  • Morphological analysis using high-definition digital terrain models
  • Remote sensors and charting of shallow marine ecosystems
  • Photogrammetry
  • UAS seminars with an emphasis on interpretation, application scenarios, data collection, and sensors

Training, continuing professional development, skills development

Seminars and certification courses (university certification through SHB) on the following topics:

  • Aerospace technology
  • Management
  • Plasma technology used in industrial applications
  • UAS
  • Remote sensors and geodata capturing
  • Planning and running of summer schools for children and young adults with the aim of boosting know-how in MINT topics (mathematics, IT, natural sciences, and technology)
  • Junior Aerospace Academy
  • Summer schools for college students
  • Training and mentoring from senior experts in the fields of aerospace, automotive, mechanical engineering, and lightweight construction
  • Training on cross-innovation

Project Examples

  • Inductive plasma generator for generating homogenous plasma flows with high specific energy
  • Transient MPD propulsion unit
  • Cable drive testing
  • Design of re-entry vehicles
  • Contactless measurement processes for monitoring and controlling processes
  • Calculation of erosion properties of heat protection materials
  • Experimental investigation into material damage caused by radicals (O, N, OH, ...)
  • Summer school on aerospace topics for children and young adults on behalf of the Baden-Wurttemberg Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Sports
  • TransNetAero (Transnational Network of Aerospace Regions - TNA): EU-backed project under the INTERREG program. The aim of the transnational project was to strengthen aerospace clusters in northwest Europe and provide support to key industry players with an emphasis on SMEs. The project involved partners from six countries, project planning, project management, and project collaboration with the ASA.
  • WING – project aimed at helping women in engineering and science to return to employment with the right training after a career break for family reasons. Project on behalf of the Baden-Wurttemberg Ministry of Economics.
  • Q-Wing – Project aimed at providing education to older employees, plus training to become a “Virtual Engineer” as part of a key project on behalf of the Baden-Wurttemberg Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Sports
  • Summer school on aerospace topics for schoolchildren with the aim of inspiring children to learn more about science and technical subjects in the long term. Project on behalf of the Baden-Wurttemberg Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Sports.
  • Work on the planned ALPUAN project under the EU INTERREG initiative alongside six European partners. The aim was to bolster transnational and interdisciplinary innovation at SMEs in and around the Alps (aerospace industry), drawing on the example of innovative UAS technology and possible applications in the Alpine region.
  • UAS scouting project with an emphasis on technologies and application in the Alpine region
  • UAS seminar concept with a focus on interpretation, implementation scenarios, data gathering, and sensors
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Schwarzwaldstr. 134, D-70569 Stuttgart
Management: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Monika Auweter-Kurtz
(Stand: 09/02/2021)

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