DLR is Germany’s national centre for aeronautics and space. Extensive research and development work is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. The DLR has a personnel of approximately 5,100 within 31 institutes and facilities at eight locations in Germany

The Institute of Planetary Research with a permanent staff of approximately 85, deals with the origins, formation and evolution of planets, their moons, as well as asteroids and comets. The Department of Planetary Geodesy as part of the Institute of Planetary Research is concerned with the determination and the detailed study of the size, shape, rotation, and gravity field of planetary bodies, including how they might affect geophysical processes.

General science goals are:

  • Definition of reference systems
  • Determination of rotation parameters, including effects of precession and libration
  • Establishment of planetary geodetic control point networks
  • Establishment of global and local three-dimensional surface representations
  • Creation of geocoded image data and maps

In the context of the PRoVisG project, the specific tasks of the Department are the photogrammetric processing and analysis of data for the

  • MER (Mars Exploration Rover) image processing and data fusion with orbital images
  • Surface modeling and introduction of innovative image processing methods