Lilienthal Prize

The Lilienthal Prize is the highlight of the “German Aerospace Day”, and is awarded to small and medium-sized companies for particularly innovative and market-based achievements in the aerospace sector. The yardsticks for evaluating the proposals submitted is their inherent value in terms of their exceptional and exemplary innovative qualities, proof of their market relevance, and the practical maturity of the implementation plan submitted for the market launch. Proposals of particular interest are those used for developing new technologies and processes, for improving safeguards to ensure the competitiveness of companies, for increasing the proportion of technology-intensive goods and services exported, for promoting business growth in problematic locations, and for securing workplaces. The prize winners gain a pole position for their projects and innovations within Germany and Europe.

Winners of the Lilienthal Prize


Henrike Fabienke (Technical University Wildau): honored for her thesis "Sustainability in civil aviation - consideration of alternative propulsion, fuel and aircraft concepts with the aim of designing a hybrid filling station on the Schönhagen airfield for the energy supply of several types of propulsion"


APUS - Aeronautical Engineering GmbH (Wildau): awarded for their research on new technologies and methods to make the aviation of the future environmentally friendly and climate-neutral


Frank Niemeyer (University of Rostock): honoured for his multi-camera system using angled cameras for deployment in unmanned aircraft (“Four Vision” project).


Haberer SpaceTec (Bad Wurzach): awarded for a new brazing method in the manufacture of radar antennas


RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG (Schwäbisch Hall): awarded for the new seat BL3520


STEMME AG (Strausberg): awarded for the new S15 –Patroller


Astro- und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH (Berlin): awarded for development of so-called “bus components”, i.e. containers in which mini satellites can be piggy-backed into space by rockets and smoothly swung into orbit at exactly the right moment and in exactly the right position.
Berlin Brandenburg Aerospace Technology AG (Wildau): wins Lilienthal Special Prize 2010 for creating successful joint venture of small and medium-sized companies.


Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH (Oberkochen): awarded for development of new early warning system (Mivotherm“, i.e. a system detecting bird aircraft strike hazards.


FTI Group Ltd. (Dahlewitz): awarded for the development of a video-based measuring system (AMS) for aerial refuelling


AneCom AeroTest GmbH (Wildau): awarded for the development of a modular testing system for aerodynamic and acoustic jet engine fan testing


Intellifast GmbH (Speyer): awarded for the development of sensor systems in difficult environmental conditions (Permanent Mounted Transducer System – PMTS)


CryoSnow GmbH (Berlin): awarded for the development of CO2 snow jet cleaning trolley


Special category “Airport of the Future“
Dr. Heinz-Wilhelm Hübers, Dr. Heiko Richter, Prof. Dr. Alexei Semenov (German Aerospace Centre e.V. Berlin-Adlershof): awarded for the development of terahertz scanner for airport security checks

Dipl.-Ing. Torsten Elster (Karp GmbH), Anke Hentschel, M.A. (Projektlogistik GmbH), Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Mario Henning (Projektlogistik GmbH): awarded for the development of a CASTaF system (Computer Aided Screening, Tracking and Fixing


Aqua Rotter GmbH (Ludwigsfelde): awarded for developing a washroom system for the Airbus A380


AneCom AeroTest GmbH (Wildau): awarded for an entire package of engineering services to validate experimentally the components of a gas turbine for aero engines


Holmberg GmbH & Co. KG (Berlin): awarded for the digital handset

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