Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Alfred Krabbe

Barbara Klett

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Keilig

Deputy SMO Director (Kalifornien)

Standortleiter AFRC & SOFIA Teleskop Manager
Dipl.-Ing. Michael Hütwohl

Standortleiter ARC & und Facility Scientist
Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Wolf

Technology Advisor
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Wagner

Bildungs- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Dr. rer. nat. Dörte Mehlert

Deutsches SOFIA Institut
Pfaffenwaldring 29
70569 Stuttgart

Tel. +49 (0)711/685-62379
Fax +49 (0)711/685-63596


SOFIA Science Cycle 1 - German Observation Time

Dear SOFIA Cycle 1 Principal Investigators,

A large number of competitive proposals were received in response to the SOFIA Cycle 01 Call for Proposals. The US and German Time Allocation Committees, which met in April, have identified a collection of high priority science investigations for the Cycle. In the past months SOFIA has been worked on with a major set of planned upgrades that should produce significantly improved observatory performance. These upgrades include a new avionics system that meets modern standards, improvements in the telescope, and a more capable computer and control system for the observatory. The SOFIA Science Center has decided to defer the announcement of the Time Allocation Commitee results for US and German proposals until after the first systems-level test of the new SOFIA. This point has finally come. Please see the link below. The SOFIA team appreciates the patience of the science community, and we look forward to a highly productive Cycle 01 observing period.


December 22, 2011

Release German Call for Proposals
January 23, 2012 Begin German Proposal Submission
February 6/7, 2012 SOFIA community day at MPIfR, Bonn
(3rd German SOFIA Workshop)
March 2, 2012 - 20:00 MEZ Proposal Submission Deadline
April 16/17 2012 Time Allocation Committee Meeting
Late 2012 - Late 2013 Cycle 1 observing period