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Tracking aircraft from space

3. May 2013

On 4 May 2013 at 04:06 (CEST), when the European Proba-V satellite lifts off on a Vega launcher with the primary mission of observing vegetation from space, it will be carrying another instrument on board – one that will be keeping an 'eye' on aircraft.

Reducing turbulence near airports - DLR tests new procedures to mitigate wake vortices

30. April 2013

Currently, safety considerations related to wake vortices force pilots of small and medium-sized aircraft to maintain a separation of about 10 kilometres from heavier planes flying ahead of them.

Cryptography of the future – DLR technology enables quantum key transmission from the air to the ground

2. April 2013

A successful experiment by DLR in cooperation with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich has opened up new possibilities in cryptography. For the first time, researchers have managed to transmit a quantum key from a fast-moving object.

Pilotentraining am Roboterarm

Pilot training on a robotic arm

27. March 2013

From the outside it looks like just a large industrial robotic arm with a cockpit, but to the pilot inside the simulator, it feels like a real aircraft. The pilot sits at the controls, and the flight commands are converted into corresponding movements of the robotic arm in real time.

Researching helicopter engine noise

14. March 2013

For the first time, researchers at DLR have been able to carry out noise measurements inside a helicopter engine. To do so, researchers from the Division of Engine Acoustics at the DLR Institute of Propulsion Technology in Berlin used new hot gas microphone probes specially designed for investigating the processes responsible for noise generation.

Trick gives helicopters more 'puff' – DLR tests the influence on airflow when blowing air out of rotor blades

4. February 2013

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Göttingen have discovered a way to make helicopters more manoeuvrable.

2013 – international collaborations and diverse research projects

24. January 2013

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is using knowledge for tomorrow to shape the future of our society today. DLR is a world-renowned partner for research and will continue to develop its international network in 2013 by establishing new collaborations with research institutes and universities.

DLR untersucht maritime Flugmissionen

DLR researches maritime flight missions using unmanned aircraft systems

20. December 2012

Reliably monitoring extensive areas of the sea is a major challenge for the coastguard and emergency relief services. Unmanned aircraft are expected to make a critical contribution to this in the future.

DLR software unites aircraft engineers

7. December 2012

Many disciplines are involved in the design and development of an aircraft. To obtain the best combination of wings, fuselage and engines, researchers must work closely together and share their expertise effectively.

Das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft%2d und Raumfahrt (DLR) hat mit 13 führenden Vertretern der europäischen Luftfahrtindustrie und %2dforschung die weitere intensive Zusammenarbeit vereinbart. Durch die Fortführung der EU%2dTechnologie%2dInitiative CleanSky wollen die Partner den Wandel des Luftverkehrs zu einem ökoeffizienten Transportsystem stärken. Dafür sollen von 2014 bis 2020 gemeinsam mit der EU insgesamt 3,6 Mrd. Euro investiert werden. Das Programm CleanSky 2 wird weitere Forschungs%2d und Entwicklungsarbeit für eine umweltfreundliche und effiziente Luftfahrt in Europa leisten. Das DLR trägt erneut in führender Rolle dazu bei.

EU Clean Sky research programme to be extended

4. October 2012

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and 13 leading representatives of the European aviation industry and research sector have jointly agreed to intensify their cooperation in the field of eco-efficient aviation.

DLR and NASA announce partnership in aeronautics research

11. September 2012

On 11 September 2012 at the ILA Berlin Air Show, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced a future collaboration in the field of aeronautics research.

Air travel of the future – aircraft with no leading-edge slats will be quieter and more environment-friendly

7. September 2012

Every year, there is a six percent increase in the volume of air traffic. To make air travel more environment-friendly and quieter, researchers at DLR, together with partners Airbus, EADS Innovation Works and Cassidian Air Systems, have been carrying out research to reduce the aerodynamic drag of aircraft and have developed an alternative to the traditional leading-edge slat.

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Safer, cleaner and lighter: DLR demonstrates developments for the aviation of tomorrow at ILA 2012

28. August 2012

Microscopic holes in the outer skin of an aircraft, wings with elastically deforming leading edges and steep approach flights - these are just some of the innovations from DLR for the future of aviation.

Flying auditorium and robotic microsurgery

16. August 2012

The future of aerospace will be showcased by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) at the International Aerospace Exhibition (Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung; ILA) in Berlin, from 11 to 16 September 2012.

From 'dwarf' research to Institute management – Christine Arlt

26. July 2012

For years, Christine Arlt manipulated the tiniest of particles – 'nanos'. Today, the 32-year-old researcher is Deputy Director of the Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

To what extent do thunderstorms influence the formation of ozone?

31. May 2012

Thunderstorms have a significant effect on the formation of ozone. Nitrogen oxide is produced as a result of lightning; this in turn yields ozone at altitudes of 10 kilometres. Strong updraughts in thunderstorms also transport emissions from the ground into the upper atmosphere.

Migratory locusts in a wind tunnel

2. May 2012

Insects are capable of masterful feats of flying; whenever they witness locusts flying long distances or moths hovering over flowers, aerodynamicists can only marvel.

Biokerosene proven in flight operations

9. March 2012

Lufthansa AG has conducted a long-term test of biokerosene on 1187 scheduled flights. This involved one of the engines of an Airbus A321 being powered by a fuel mixture containing 50 percent biosynthetic kerosene.

Helmet mounted display for safer helicopter flight

29. February 2012

Helicopter flights and landings in poor visibility conditions always present pilots with special challenges. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has now completed a series of tests with a new helmet mounted display and has brought it into use a flight simulator.

DLR at the Singapore Airshow

13. February 2012

The Singapore Airshow, the largest aerospace trade fair in Asia and an important meeting place for the global aviation industry, will be held from 14 to 19 February 2012.