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The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation, and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As German Space Administration, the German federal government has tasked DLR with the forward planning and implementation of the German space programme, as well as with the international representation of Germany's interests. Furthermore, Germany's largest project-management agency is also part of DLR.
In determining the focal points of its research, DLR is to a large extent guided by industry's demand for innovative products and services. In addition, it invests in promising technologies and offers its research and development capacities to customers for their own use. Numerous products have been successfully developed in this way and launched on the market in cooperation with innovative enterprises.
Approximately 6,700 people work for DLR, which has 29 institutes and facilities at 13 locations in Germany: Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Cologne (headquarters), Goettingen, Hamburg, Lampoldshausen, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stuttgart, Trauen, and Weilheim. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris, and Washington, D.C.


Galileo is about to get into service soon. The European Commission has announced to declare initial Galileo operational service capability within this year. This means no less than paving the way for a wide range of applications of Galileo for all our daily life. Setting out from this substantial development, it is the aim of DLR's Special Prize to make a maximum benefit available to the user community - also triggering new types and fields of GNSS applied wherever.

Early Services & System Validation

Utilization of Early Galileo Services as standalone system or in a Multi Constellation Environment

Areas of search:

  • Applications using Early Services of Galileo
  • Using Galileo in a Multi Constellation Context...
  • Assessing Galileo - Signal and Service Quality and Improvements
Automated & Autonomous Systems

Provision of Reliable Navigation Function for Automated and Autonomous Systems such as in Safety-Critical Applications

Areas of search:
  • Reliable and Robust Satellite Navigation
  • Alternative Positioning Navigation and Timing as complementary Backup Functionality
  • Terrestrial Radio Navigation Services
  • Inertial Navigation
  • Multi Sensor Navigation
Next Generation of Galileo and EGNOS

Further evolution and development of next generations of Galileo and EGNOS:
  • Performance Improvement by System Evolution
  • New services by enhanced Galileo
  • Tying Galileo to a Multi Constellation Context...
Wanted: Technical and application oriented solutions

Prize 2016

The winner will receive a voucher for five man-months of DLR services to aid in the further development of their idea, including technical support for research activities, access to testing and simulation facilities, expert advice, and feasibility or concept studies. These services will thus support the idea's eventual realisation. A mutual agreement between the winner and DLR about the focus of work is required. The prize itself is a bundle of activities which are executed purely within DLR; there is no way to turn this in a cash prize to be paid to the winner or other external parties.
While all contestants will demonstrate their innovation competence merely by participating, the winner will enjoy the added benefit having the DLR Special Prize on their record as a testament of quality.


Piotr Krystek
Augmented Crane Navigation System (ACNS)

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