What does the Deutsches SOFIA Institut (DSI) do?
The Deutsches SOFIA Institut (German SOFIA Institute, DSI) at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) coordinates the operation of the infrared observatory SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy). Especially interesting objects for SOFIA's observations are galaxies, star forming regions, the interstellar medium, our solar system, planets and comets.
DSI is led by Professor Alfred Krabbe. You can find more information about the research being done under his professorship in Airborne Astronomy and Extraterrestrial Space Flight Missions on the IRS research pages.
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy is a joint project of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Deutsches SOFIA Institut (DSI) at the University of Stuttgart coordinates the scientific operations on the German side. The American scientific operations are planned by the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). Flight tests and flight operations are led by the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) to the north of Los Angeles. The NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) to the south of San Francisco conducts the scientific research flights. To facilitate smooth telescope operations, the majority of DSI employees are continuously posted on site in California.