The capital region: competence center for aviation, aerospace and drones

The capital region is Germany’s third-largest aerospace competence center. Here, the technical excellence extends to more than just the traditional area of aviation that was founded by Otto Lilienthal over 120 years ago, but also to aerospace and the relatively recent discipline of drone technologies.

Leading European location in areas of the aviation industry

Brandenburg especially is home to major players in the aviation industry. In this respect, the region is particularly specialized in the fields of:

  • engine development and manufacturing,
  • light aircraft construction, and
  • aircraft maintenance and repair.

The region is among Europe’s leading locations in the development and manufacture of engines. Prime contractors that shape the market like Rolls-Royce Germany and MTU Maintenance, as well as Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services with its focus on the maintenance and refurbishment of business jets, are situated here.

The market movers in the Berlin aviation sector primarily possess expertise in:

  • the use of renewable energies for air transport,
  • software development for aircraft and aviation infrastructures,
  • the development and production of electroacoustic components used in aviation.

Numerous small to mid-sized enterprises (e.g. aireg - Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e. V., PACE Aerospace Engineering and Information Technology GmbH, Holmco Holmberg GmbH) and prestigious research and education institutions (e.g. TU Berlin and BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg) are represented here.

Regional drone technologies are taking the market by storm

Unmanned airborne systems for civilian purposes now complement the more established activities, and this market segment is characterized by a wide, dynamic range of applications and services. Over 60 actors in the areas of research (e.g. TH Wildau, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, the European Aviation Security Center), development (e.g. sitebots GmbH, GmbH), and application (e.g. Airteam, FLIGHTCOPTER Flying Camera Systems GmbH, 360° inspections GmbH) have contributed to the capital region becoming one of the leading locations for unmanned aviation.

Vision for the future: Berliners fly to the moon

The segment of microsats has traditionally shaped the regional aerospace sector. Three regional players manufacture complete small satellites: Astro-Feinwerktechnik GmbH, Berlin Space Technologies and TU Berlin. TU Berlin has more satellites in orbit than any other university in the world.

A growing number of Berlin-based start-ups are conquering this young market under the heading ‘New Space’. For instance, Part-Time Scientists in co-operation with AUDI plan to send two rovers to the moon to visit the landing site of Apollo 17 in 2018 alone.

Over 30 companies, training centres (e.g. beSpace GmbH) and research centres (e.g. DLR) at home in the capital region are reaching for the stars. Their diverse expertise and specialisations create an integral, interdisciplinary, and regional competence center for aerospace technologies and applications.

Berlin-Brandenburg Aerospace Alliance: A powerful aviation and aerospace network in the region

On a regional level, the industry network BBAA (Berlin-Brandenburg Aerospace Allianz e. V.) has joined with cluster management to continue strengthening the region in selected areas of aviation and aerospace. Seeking to bolster competitiveness in the various areas within green aviation, BBAA coordinates and supports established R&D cooperation specifically in the fields of more energy-efficient aircraft, fuel-efficient propulsion systems, and the use of lightweight materials.


Marielies Becker
Handlungsfeldverantwortliche Luft- und Raumfahrt
Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Gerald Franz
Handlungsfeldverantwortlicher Luft- und Raumfahrt
Wirtschaftsförderung Land Brandenburg GmbH