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Oberpfaffenhofen
Coat of arms of Oberpfaffenhofen
Location of Oberpfaffenhofen within Starnberg district
Weßling in STA.svg
Oberpfaffenhofen is located in Germany
Oberpfaffenhofen
Oberpfaffenhofen
Oberpfaffenhofen is located in Bavaria
Oberpfaffenhofen
Oberpfaffenhofen
Coordinates: 48°4′41″N 11°15′9″E / 48.07806°N 11.25250°E / 48.07806; 11.25250Coordinates: 48°4′41″N 11°15′9″E / 48.07806°N 11.25250°E / 48.07806; 11.25250
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionOberbayern
DistrictStarnberg
MunicipalityWeßling
Population
 (1987)
 • Total1,323
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
82234
Vehicle registrationSTA
Websitewww.gemeinde-wessling.de

Oberpfaffenhofen is a village that is part of the municipality of Weßling in the district of Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany. It is located about 23 km (14 mi) from the city center of Munich.

Village

The village is home to the Oberpfaffenhofen Airport (IATA: OBF, ICAO: EDMO) and a major site of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR). Oberpfaffenhofen became known to a wide audience when, in 1983, the first West-German astronaut, the physicist Ulf Merbold, flew to space onboard a Space Shuttle in a Spacelab mission. These missions were partly supervised by the German Space Operations Center located at Oberpfaffenhofen.

German Space Operations Center (GSOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen
German Space Operations Center (GSOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen

The research center in Oberpfaffenhofen houses the DLR, including the Columbus Control Center which DLR operates for the European Space Agency and Airbus Defence and Space, and also some Fraunhofer Institutes and other scientific institutes. From 2014, OHB group moved the division which formerly was Kayser-Threde, from Munich to Oberpfaffenhofen.

Also situated in Oberpfaffenhofen is the industrial area of (the now insolvent) Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH (later part of Fairchild Dornier). The aircraft manufacturer shared the airfield with the DLR.

During the occupation of Germany the airport was designated Oberpfaffenhofen Air Force Depot which also served as the maintenance depot for the aircraft that were utilized during the Berlin Airlift of 1948–49.

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