Deutsches SOFIA Institut

Innovating joint DLR/NASA flying observatory using SOLIDWORKS® Research Edition.


Develop and optimize telescope stabilization, a tracking camera, and interface systems for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a flying observatory.


Utilize SOLIDWORKS Research Edition software as the primary platform for designing and optimizing telescope stabilization, tracking camera, and interface systems.

  • Supported important achievements in astronomical discovery
  • Optimized telescope/tracking cameras interface
  • Decreased weight of parts by using simulation tools
  • Facilitated collaboration and communication across development team