The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project management agency.

The German Remote Sensing Data Center (Deutsches Fernerkundungsdatenzentrum, DFD) is an institute of the DLR with facilities in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich and in Neustrelitz in the state of Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania. DFD and DLR’s Remote Sensing Technology Institute (Institut für Methodik der Fernerkundung, IMF) together comprise the Earth Observation Center (EOC), which has become a center of competence for earth observation in Germany.

DFD supports science and industry as well as the general public. With its national and international receiving stations DFD offers direct access to data from earth observation missions, derives information.