Dr.-Ing.

Dirk 

Zimper 

German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

Dr Dirk Zimper joined the German Air Force in 2004 and holds a doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering. Professionally trained as an ammunition specialist, he commanded a specialized maintenance unit for aerial missile systems. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Executive Officer for the Applied Vehicle Technology Panel at the NATO Science and Technology Organization. In 2019, was appointed as Executive Board Representative Defence and Security Research and, in 2020, as Managing Director to the Responsive Space Cluster Competence Center at DLR. Furthermore, he is a Member of the Science and Technology Board and is an advisor to the FMoD and the Munich Security Conference.

Information provided is current as of July 2022

From the Author

Deterrence in the Space Domain

Increasing Deterrence in Space by Gaining a Mindset for Agile Space Operations
By Mr 
Wolfgang 
Jung 
By Mr 
Christoph 
Müller 
By Dr 
Andreas 
Ohndorf 
By Maj Gen 
Michael 
Traut 
By Dr.-Ing. 
Dirk 
Zimper 
At Brussel’s NATO Summit in 2020, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg launched the #NATO 2030 effort remarking that ­‘resilience – be it infrastructure, telecommunications, 5G or healthcare, access to protective equipment – all of that [...]

Responsive Space for NATO Operations – Part 3

By Mr 
Wolfgang 
Jung 
By Lt Col 
Tim 
Vasen DipEng, MSc 
By Dr.-Ing. 
Dirk 
Zimper 
Space Support plays a significant role in modern warfare and is a key enabler for NATO’s technical advantage. Worldwide technological developments challenge this advantage while Space has become increasingly congested and contested. This is the [...]

Responsive Space for NATO Operations – Part 2

By Mr 
Wolfgang 
Jung 
By Lt Col 
Tim 
Vasen DipEng, MSc 
By Dr.-Ing. 
Dirk 
Zimper 
Space Support plays a significant role in today’s modern warfare and is a key enabler for NATO’s technical and operational advantage. Worldwide technical developments challenge this advantage while Space has become congested and contested. This [...]

Research, Development, and Acquisition of Counter-UAS Technologies

By Dr 
Hans-Albert 
Eckel 
By Dr 
Martin 
Hellmann 
By Mr 
Christoph 
Müller 
By Dr 
Thomas 
Neff 
By Dr.-Ing. 
Dirk 
Zimper 
In general terms, Research, Development and Acquisition (RD&A) can be loosely defined as the efforts undertaken by companies and governments to innovate and introduce new products to achieve or enhance specific capabilities. Therein Research and [...]

Hypersonic Vehicles

Game Changers for Future Warfare?
By Mr 
Hans-Ludwig 
Besser 
By Dr.-Ing. 
Dennis 
Göge 
By Mr 
Michael 
Huggins 
By Mr 
Alan 
Shaffer 
By Dr.-Ing. 
Dirk 
Zimper 
Hypersonic technologies offer potential solutions and applications that could have a strong impact on doctrine and conduct of future military operations. Different applications are conceivable for hypersonic flight vehicles in order to enable new or [...]

Laser-Based Space Debris Removal

An Approach for Protecting the Critical Infrastructure Space
By Dr 
Hans-Albert 
Eckel 
By Dr.-Ing. 
Dennis 
Göge 
By Dr.-Ing. 
Dirk 
Zimper 
Critical infrastructures are organizations and institutions whose failure or impairment would cause sustained shortage of supplies, significant disruption of public security, or other dramatic consequences for the state or community they support. Following the classification [...]

Platform Autonomy

State-of-the-Art and Future Perspectives from an S&T Point of View
By Mr 
Hans-Ludwig 
Besser 
By Dr.-Ing. 
Dennis 
Göge 
By Mr 
Michael 
Huggins 
By Dr.-Ing. 
Dirk 
Zimper 
The Applied Vehicle Technology Panel (AVT) is an ­international network of defence scientists and engin­eers dedicated to increasing the performance of new and ageing vehicles in the air, sea, land, and space ­domains. This network [...]

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