DLR is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany's Space Agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for the forward planning and implementation of the German space programme as well as international representation of Germany's interests. Approximately 6900 people work for DLR; the center has 32 institutes and facilities at 15 locations in Germany. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris and Washington, D.C.

The mission of the “DLR Simulation and Software Technology" is research and development in software engineering technologies, and the incorporation of these technologies into DLR software projects. It comprises two departments: “Distributed Systems and Component Software” and “Software for Space Systems and Interactive Visualization”. “DLR Simulation and Software Technology” is located at the DLR sites Cologne, Braunschweig and Berlin.

Current activities of the first department focus on component-based software for distributed systems, high-performance computing, and software engineering technologies for scientific software projects. The research topics of the second department comprise simulation-based software tools for the development process of space systems, interactive visualization methods for a reliable prototype and simulation analysis, and software technologies for the design of robust onboard software.