The ‘Supersonic and Hypersonic Technology Department’ with approx. 35 employees and five wind tunnels is part of the “Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology”. With its facilities, which are partially unique in Europe, the department performs experimental research and contractual work aimed at problem solutions and concept developments for supersonic and hypersonic vehicles.
Focal points of work are experimental aerodynamic and thermal analysis of overall configurations as well as qualification of their components. Inlets for ramjet and scramjet engines, structures and materials for missiles and space vehicles are qualified at flight conditions.
The development of instrumentation and health monitoring for hypersonic flights is another focus of this department. Investigations on supersonic and hypersonic flow control technologies and the production of nanoparticles using gasdynamic effects also are further working areas.
Customers and cooperation partners are the German ministry departments, European Aerospace and Defence Industry, European Space Agency (ESA) as well as universities. The work is integrated into DLR programme activities as well as into national and international aerospace programmes and projects. Through all these activities, the department plays an important role in the development of advanced high-speed missiles, more economical space transportation vehicles and entry, descent and landing systems for different planets.
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