Founded in 1745, the "Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig" is Germany's oldest university of technology and looks back on a two and a half century tradition of academic teaching and research. Today the TU Braunschweig is the centre of one of the most active German research regions. The university has more than 14,000 students and employs 2,600 staff members, 1,600 of whom are scientists and researchers. It is organised in 10 departments and 111 institutes, one of which is the Institute of Flight Guidance (IFF).
The IFF is led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Hecker and employs a staff of 40 people (of which 35 are research engineers). Its scientific activities include the simulation and modelling of dynamic systems (sensors, vehicles, human operators as well as simulating of effects of disturbed atmosphere like wind shear, turbulence, and wake vortices), development of cockpit display technologies and Layouts, integrated satellite based navigation systems for land and airborne vehicles, differential GNSS services and GNSS / SBAS integrity, in-flight measurements technology (e.g. high precision positioning and attitude determination, airflow and atmospheric data) and flight test aircraft operation. Besides its basic research the institute is frequently involved in research and development programs with industrial partners which lead to system developments for commercial applications. The institute acts as technical consultant to the German Ministry of Transport, the ICAO and ESA in the field of satellite navigation and certification issues. The institute operates a twin engine research aircraft Dornier Do-128 and a Cessna C-172 Experimental, both equipped with extensive avionics, experimental sensors, actuators and computers.