Annual Report 2020

Preface to the Annual Report 2020

© Fraunhofer FHR / Uwe Bellhäuser

Dear friends and partners of Fraunhofer FHR,
dear readers,

At the start of 2020, we were looking ahead with great expectation to a packed schedule full of international trade fairs and conferences, our 10th Wachtberg Forum, and a large-scale Open House. Those plans were thwarted by covid and we were forced to replan. We created the conditions for home office for a majority of our staff, moved events online and found new ways to stay in touch with customers and
employees – all in record time.

Although individual orders have fallen away, we have managed to implement our research work and projects without major cutbacks. For instance, the new GESTRA space surveillance radar was handed over to the German Space Situational Awareness Center – after five years of development and with an order volume of around 42 million euros. GESTRA was transported to Koblenz in July, and the inauguration ceremony took place in October. This logistical tour de force as well as
the ceremony with high-profile representatives from research, science, defense and politics is covered here.

Our new digital formats have been successfully developed. One example is the Radar in Action online lecture series, in which our scientists give application-oriented presentations of the Institute's latest research results. The half-hour lectures with demonstration and discussion in German and English are met with great interest in industry, politics, science and society. They are attended by over 100 participants from all over the world on a regular basis.

We also managed to move into Villip 2 on schedule; despite covid. The new building at the Villip site was completed in June and subsequently became home to our interdepartmental Signal Processing Think Tank. The Institute continues to grow and the new facilities are enabling this through modern offices and laboratories. Among other things, the large hall houses three new 3D printers financed by funding from Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD). These enable us to set new standards in the field of additive manufacturing.

We have presented our expertise at many international online trade fairs and conferences and exchanged ideas with the scientific community in the world's major engineering associations throughout the year. The excellence of our research is also confirmed by the awards we have received. This year, for example, Dr. Philipp Wojaczek received the Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award from the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS). His work relates to projects Passive
Radar & Networked RF Sensor Technology – Key Technology for FCAS and MGCS, among others (see here).

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