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 Observing Cycle 3

Announcement of Time Allocation Committee Results

The Cycle 3 peer review process for both US and German queues have been completed. The awarded observation times by the Time Allocation Committee can be accessed here.

Call for German Proposals

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is pleased to invite proposals for its third regular observation cycle which is planned to take place from March 2015 through January 2016.

The official Call for German Proposals document is available for download from this website. It containts all necessary information in order to prepare and submit a proposal for scientific observations during Cycle 3.

SOFIA Observing Cycle 3 Call for German Proposals

Additional information about the US-led Cycle 3 Call for Proposals can be found on the Cycle 3 Call for Proposals website of our partner organization USRA.

Cycle 3 Schedule

The nominal schedule for the Cycle 3 observing program is as follows:

May 29, 2014 Release of Call for German Proposals.
June 20, 2014 Call for Proposals update
July 18, 2014, 23:59 CEST Proposal Submission deadline
October 2014 Proposal Selections Announced
Mar 2015 - Jan 2016 Cycle 3 observing period


Reserved Observations Catalogs (ROCs)

Summary tables containing the reserved observations for each instrument are included as appendices in the Call for Proposals. Generally, these may not be proposed for in Cycle 3. The policies are described in Section 1.7.1 of the Call for Proposals document.

Duplication Checking

Duplications of existing observations, or of observations approved for Cycle 2 but not yet executed, need to be justified explicitly. Proposers should search the SOFIA Science Archive for completed observations and the AOR Search page for approved Cycle 2 observations to check for potential duplications. A few GREAT observations obtained during Early Science are not searchable by position in the SOFIA Science Archive, and proposers should check this table.The EXES observations obtained during the initial flights are also not yet searchable in the Science Archive, and are listed here.