The Institute of Space Propulsion in Lampoldshausen is one of the eight research centers of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Approximately 220 people work there in the fields of research and tests of rocket engines. The main purpose of the facility is the operation of test stands for space propulsion on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and in cooperation with the European space industry.
The facility has a surface area of approximately 35 ha, on which are seven test stands: Test stand P1, Test stand P2, Test stand P3, Test stand P4, Test stand P5, Test stand P6, Test stand P8. The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) boasts unique expertise in developing and operating engine test facilities in Europe. The site in Lampoldshausen, for instance, has been testing and further developing engines for rockets and space systems since 1959. This research is part of the European space programme. With the Ariane launcher rocket family, Europe is able to independently inject satellites into orbit for all kinds of applications, thereby securing competitive, autonomous access to outer space – a pre-requisite for unrestricted satellite data usage. It is having the departments like Rocket Propulsion, Test Facilities, Engineering, Propellants, Safety, Quality and Facility Management.