Organisation & Structure

MORABA’s team is organised in various teams which each address different fields of high altitude research missions. However, there are no fixed boundaries as they all work together within a programme or project, providing the complete set of resources to the scientific mission.

The Telemetry, Tracking & Command group conceptualises, maintains and operates ground control with radar, telemetry and telecommand systems. It is also responsible for the design, engineering, set-up and testing of data transfer systems for sounding rockets and balloons.

The Data Handling group develops and supervises the service module for rockets – the electronic command centre. It contains the interfaces to the experiments, recovery system, GPS, ignition units, and the rate control system (RCS) and attitude control system (ACS).

The Control and Instrumentation Group develops and supervises flight control, attitude and rate control systems and is responsible for all instrumentations. This field of activity includes also the evaluation and analysis of flight dynamics and the sensor systems on board.

The Launch Services group group is responsible for the overall aerodynamic configuration of the rocket, as well as the provision and preparation of the rocket motors for the launch. This includes all aspects of trajectory calculation and flight safety.

The Mechanical Flight Systems group plays a major role in the definition, construction and engineering of sounding rockets and balloons: their tasks are the design, building, testing and final inspection of mechanical systems, taking into account modern manufacturing techniques, project requirements and specific quality standards. They provide technical system support to the mission’s hardware during launch campaigns.

MORABA currently employs around 50 people:

Technicians of electronical and mechanical trades work together with engineers in the fields of aerospace, electrical and information technology engineering. MORABA addresses the areas of general rocket technology, trajectory calculations, attitude and rate control systems, telemetry systems and electronical subsystems for rockets. In addition, there are work experience students and graduate students who make a foray into the practical world of space research and applications within the scope of their studies.


Dr. Rainer Kirchhartz
Tel: (+ 49)-(0)8153-28 1873
Fax: (+ 49)-(0)8153-28 1344

Fields of Work

Administration and Management

  • Administration, project acquisition and cost control
  • Business development
  • Mission management and launch site coordination

Telemetry, Tracking & Command

  • Ground stations
    · Telemetry
    · Telecommand
    · Radar
  • IIP prediction
  • Quick-look
  • Data recording
  • Data processing

Team Leader:
Andreas Kimpe

Data Handling

  • Service systems
  • Multi-channel TV transmission systems
  • RF systems
  • EGSE
  • Experiment AIT
  • Environmental tests
  • Analysis of data

Team Leader: 
Markus Wittkamp

Control and Instrumentation

  • Control Systems for flight control, attitude control and rates
  • Navigation
  • Sensorik
  • EGSE
  • Experiment AIT
  • Environmental Tests
  • Data Analysis

Team Leader:
Josef Ettl

Launch Services

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeroelastics
  • Trajectory prediction
  • Dispersion analysis
  • Wind weighting
  • Mobile launcher
  • Ignition systems
  • Rockets AIT & launch
  • Flight safety
  • Post-flight analysis

Team Leader:
Frank Scheuerpflug
Alexander Kallenbach

Mech. Flight Systems

  • 3D CAD
  • Structural analysis
  • Thermal analysis
  • Staging systems
  • Fin assemblies
  • De-spin systems
  • Systems for staging
  • Parachute recovery systems
  • Payloads

Team Leader:
Marcus Hörschgen-Eggers