Phil Hartl has an M.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. Habil. in space technology from the Technical University of Munich, a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Stuttgart.
He has served as the head of the DLR Space Research Centre Oberpfaffenhofen, director of the Institute of Satellite Technology of the Technical University of Berlin, and director of the Institute of Navigation of the University Stuttgart. He was principal scientist for many satellite experiments and numerous national and international projects.
Since his retirement as full professor in 1995, Dr. Hartl has been active as scientific consultant to various research and industrial organizations in various fields of aerospace.