Hermann Oberth Society
The Hermann Oberth Society was an association that promotes the next generation of aerospace engineers and has also developed and built its own rockets in the past.
It was founded in 1952 by Karl Poggensee in Bremen as the German Agency for Space Affairs (DAFRA) to develop civilian missiles. In the early days, various experimental rockets were developed in Hespenbusch near Großenkneten , which soon reached heights of a few kilometers, so that the area available in Hespenbusch became too small.
In 1957, the DAFRA missile tests, which was renamed the German Missile Society (DRG), were relocated to the Wadden area of Cuxhaven . In 1959, the Deutsche Raketengesellschaft launched a number of postal rockets there . On December 15, 1960, the Cumulus launched for the first time with a peak height of 20 kilometers and on September 16, 1961, the Cirrus launched for the first time with a peak height of 50 kilometers.
At this time, Berthold Seliger also began building rockets as part of this company, which was renamed the Hermann Oberth Society . In 1961, Berthold Seliger founded his own company, the Berthold Seliger Research and Development Company , which cooperated with the Hermann Oberth Society . The Seliger Research and Development Company developed several rockets with one, two and three stages between 1962 and 1963 that could reach heights of up to 150 kilometers. After the controversial flight demonstration of the Seliger Research and Development Company of militarily usable rockets in front of military representatives from non-NATO countries in the Wadden area of Cuxhaven on December 5, 1963, there was a break between the Seliger Research and Development Company and the Hermann Oberth Society . The latter carried out a few rocket launches until June 1964.
After the rocket tests in the Cuxhaven Wadden area were stopped, the Hermann Oberth Society focused on promoting young aerospace engineers.
In 1993, the Hermann Oberth Society with the German Aerospace Society , the Otto Lilienthal Society , the Rocket Technology and Space Society and the Aviation Association became the German Aerospace Society - Lilienthal - Oberth eV (DGLR) united.