Space Technology


Project Facts

Project NameQUEEN – Phase C/D: Development of a small satellite bus for an optical clock
Project Duration01.04.2020 - 31.03.2024
Funding numberI. QUEEN: DLR FKZ 50 WM 1754
II. QUEEN-Phase B: DLR FKZ 50 RU 1801
III. QUEEN-Phase C/D: DLR FKZ 50 RU 2120


  1. QUEEN – QUantentechnologien für den Einsatz auf Einem Nanosatelliten

  2. QUEEN-Phase B: QUantentechnologien für den Einsatz auf Einem Nanosatelliten – Phase B

  3. QUEEN-Phase C/D: Entwicklung eines Kleinsatellitenbusses für eine optische Uhr


The project is carried out in cooperation with the following partners:

  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB)

  • Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH)

Project Description

Within the cooperation project QUEEN, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB), Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) as well as the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) are analysing optical quantum technologies regarding their usability in space within a nanosatellite mission.

Regarding the payload, the focus is on microintegrated diode laser systems as well as electro-optical components as part of optical frequency reference units. Another objective is the analysis and definition of a nanosatellite platform to support the application of these technologies in space.

Such quantum technologies offer the potential of improved SWaP budgets and could therefore help to reduce size and cost of future space missions by replacing currently applied technologies.

Link to the QUEEN project page of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Team Member

At the TU Berlin, the following members of the team are employed on the project:

  • Julian Bartholomäus, Project Manager (link to Mitarbeiterseite)

  • Philipp Werner, Deputy Project Manager (link)

  • TBD...

Funding & Acknowledge

  • Supported by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) - Space Management Division with funds from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


Organization name Space Technology
Building F
Room F
Organization name Space Technology
Building F
Room F