DASA (aerospace company)

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legal form AG
founding May 19, 1989
resolution 2000
Reason for dissolution Transition to EADS
Seat Ottobrunn , Germany
Branch Aerospace Engineering

Logo of the German Aerospace

The DASA was from 1989 to 2000, a German air and space company . It belonged to the Daimler-Benz group of companies and, after the merger with Chrysler, to DaimlerChrysler (today Daimler AG).

It changed its name three times, but the abbreviation DASA and the logo always remained the same: First DASA stood for Deutsche Aerospace Aktiengesellschaft in full , then the name was changed to Daimler-Benz Aerospace Aktiengesellschaft and after the merger of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler it became the company in turn renamed DaimlerChrysler Aerospace Aktiengesellschaft .


The German Aerospace company was formed on 19 May 1989 by the merger of belonging to the Daimler-Benz group Dornier GmbH (with the Dornier Medizintechnik GmbH ), the engine and turbine union Munich / Friedrichshafen GmbH and two parts of AEG AG for German Aerospace AG. The abbreviation DASA was to become the name under which the company became known to the public.

Jürgen Schrempp became CEO . On September 6, 1989, DASA took over Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB), making it by far the largest aerospace company in Germany. With this integration and the “Dolores” (Dollar Low Rescue) cost reduction program caused by a weak dollar, around 16,000 jobs were lost. Several plants in the north of MBB, as well as at Dornier, were closed or greatly reduced in size. On the other hand, the Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker was taken over. Together with Dornier's aviation division (Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH), it was to form a European regional aircraft construction company under the umbrella of DASA. This commitment was terminated with high losses due to the abandonment (write-off) of Fokker for the DASA owner Daimler-Benz.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall , DASA was heavily involved in East Germany . It took over the state- owned companies VEB Flugzeugwerft Dresden and the VEB repair shop Ludwigsfelde . The Dresden Elbe Flugzeugwerke came to Deutsche Aerospace Airbus. In November 1991 DASA founded Jena-Optronik GmbH in Thuringia together with Jenoptik GmbH from Jena . In 1993 RST Rostock was integrated into the Bremen space division of DASA.

Dornier-Medizintechnik GmbH , which is also part of Deutsche Aerospace AG , set up a division for ultrasound technology in autumn 1990 and donated the Dornier Ultrasound Award for Diagnostics .

On January 1, 1995, Deutsche Aerospace AG was renamed Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG .

DASA has been involved in European aerospace projects such as B. from ESA or Airbus , on the German side always the leading company.

After the merger of Daimler-Benz AG with Chrysler Corporation , DASA was renamed DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG in November 1998 . The company existed under this name until it was merged in 2000 with the French Aérospatiale-Matra and the Spanish CASA to form the European aeronautical and space company EADS - European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (later Airbus Group ); however, the subsidiary MTU was spun off again, which remained with the parent company DaimlerChrysler.

Most recently Dasa AG acted as a pure holding company for the German shares in EADS.

DASA was Germany's largest arms exporter . Their main business areas, however, were the German share in Airbus and the German share in the successful European launch vehicle Ariane 4 . In addition, she was the main or subcontractor for numerous research satellites , space probes and the manned space laboratory Columbus of ESA.

Productions or participation in production


  • Niklas Reinke: History of the German space policy. Concepts, influencing factors and interdependencies: 1923–2002 . Munich 2004, ISBN 3-486-56842-6 .

Individual evidence

  1. Ultrasound Award. In: internal medicine. Volume 19, No. 3, 1992, p. VII.