Annual Report 2021

Preface to the Annual Report 2021

© Fraunhofer FHR / Uwe Bellhäuser

Dear friends and partners of Fraunhofer FHR, dear readers,

This annual report reaches you at a time when the world situation has changed in a way that was unimaginable only a short time ago. The large investments also in defense research announced by the Federal Government out of this situation show its importance for peace and security. Radar makes an important contribution here in many areas, as you can also read in this report.   


In 2021, the impact of the Corona pandemic continued to influence our research work, whether through home offices, digital trade shows and conferences, presence rates in the laboratories, or the global shortage of commodities, which makes the implementation of various projects challenging. Nevertheless, we have moved our projects forward almost as before Corona. The topics are future-oriented: In the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's lead project Waste4Future, we are working in a consortium with seven Fraunhofer Institutes on innovative plastics recycling and contribute our expertise in sensor technology for waste sorting (report p. 59). Networked Fraunhofer expertise also characterized the RuLe project: Under the project management of Fraunhofer FHR, seven institutes conducted research into greater resilience of urban living spaces to harmful influences such as climate change, natural disasters and terrorist attacks (reports p. 28 and 29).

The focus continued to be on the space situation: In view of the continuous increase in traffic in space, increasingly precise space monitoring is becoming indispensable. The GESTRA Tx2 project takes this into account with the development of an even more powerful transmitter unit for the GESTRA network (report p. 44 and 45).  


Another milestone in the past year was the finalization of our institute strategy, with which we have optimally positioned ourselves for the future. You can find all about this on p. 8 and 9.  


In July 2021, we were greatly moved by the flood disaster in the region, which also affected many Fraunhofer FHR employees, their families and friends. We offered support as quickly as possible, and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft also set up extensive aid programs. Many employees helped their colleagues on site. The team spirit in the Fraunhofer FHR community made a deep impression on us.  


We have only become more aware of the great importance of personal exchange with you, our partners and customers, over the past two years. The few possible face-to-face events such as Space Tech Expo Europe 2021 in Bremen were highlights in our annual calendar. We are all the more pleased to invite you to our Wachtberg Forum 2022 on June 23. You can find all the information here: https://www.fhr.fraunhofer.de/wachtberg-forum.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue!