Following the insolvency of the aircraft manufacturer Dornier, which cost the region thousands of jobs, the site developer FIM – today asto Communal Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH – was commissioned by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs with producing a development concept for a new technology campus at Oberpfaffenhofen Airport. The research airport, well-known around the world, is regarded as the cradle of German aerospace. Famous aircraft such as the Do 328 and Do 228 – still in operation today – were built at the site by aircraft manufacturer Dornier.
The framework for attracting the first companies to the location is agreed in close cooperation with the German Aerospace Agency (DLR), the towns of Gilching Wessling and Gauting, the District of Starnberg, the landowner EADS and the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs.
Establishment of the asto Aerospace & Technology Park (asto Park) by Dipl.-Ing. Ekkehart Fabian and Dr Bernd Schulte-Middelich. The first real estate is acquired in order to attract new companies.
Construction begins at Friedrichshafen Strasse 1. The first tenants were AZO Anwendungszentrum, a provider of innovation space for high-tech industries such as satellite navigation, the European Space Agency ESA BIC, the moderator for aerospace in Bavaria, and companies such as Simpack, EOMAP and the Japanese Tsubaki.
The European Commission defines the first 14 satellites for the Galileo system, with a value of approximately 570 million euros.
Successful launch of the first two satellites into orbit 23,222 kilometres above earth.
A further eight satellites are ordered by the European Commission and the ESA. Most of these satellites were built by the German Aerospace Group OHB Technology AG, today headquartered in asto Park.
asto Park is now home to over 65 high-tech companies, which have brought around 6,500 new jobs to the region. The area in and around the research airport is a hub for innovative ventures in aerospace, satellite navigation, IT, mechanical engineering, robotics and automotive technology. Today the park is home to numerous international enterprises such as the Swiss RUAG, the satellite manufacturer OHB, aircraft manufacturer Dornier-Seawings, Webasto with a research centre, the European Aerospace Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) with the Galileo control centre and robotics centre, and also enterprises such as AOA, Telespazio, Microchip and Spheros.