TUM and ArianeGroup join forces

Strategic collaboration on space flight (from left) Pierre Godart, CEO of Ariane

Strategic collaboration on space flight (from left) Pierre Godart, CEO of ArianeGroup, Bavarias Prime Minister Markus Söder, TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann Image: TUM/Fabian Vogl

Strategic collaboration on space flight

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the space flight concern ArianeGroup have signed a memorandum of understanding covering research, innovation and student education at the launch of the new building for the Department of Aerospace, Aeronautics and Geodesy on the TUM Ottobrunn campus.

TUM and the ArianeGroup will strategically consolidate their power in the future-oriented space flight sector with a partnership in research and teaching driven by innovation at the Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site. Specific plans include projects in the areas of launch vehicles and Industry 4.0.

"ArianeGroup, as the general contractor for the European launch vehicle Ariane, is today proud to join TU Munich in taking another important step to further intensify and expand expertise in the development of launch vehicle systems and rockets here at the Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site," said Pierre Godart, CEO of ArianeGroup GmbH, at the signing of the memorandum of understanding.

TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann stated: "TUM has a great vision for the campus here in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen. We want to establish Europe’s most important university location for aviation, space flight and geodesy. In addition to top-level professorial appointments as part of the Hightech Agenda Bavaria, we are also building on trust-based partnerships with industrial associates in the field of aeronautics. As the lead contractor for the manufacture of the European launch vehicles Ariane 5 and 6, the ArianeGroup is one of the global heavyweights in space flight. I am very pleased that this new agreement will take our Industry-on-Campus strategy to a new level of development at the Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site."

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