Introduction: As the Chairman of the Executive Board of DLR, I am invited every year to compose a preface to the DLR Research Report. This is a challenge due to the difficulty of adequately illuminating the fascinating world of research at the German Aerospace Center in just a few short words.
Introduction: I am frequently asked what I see as my personal highlight at DLR, which project I am particularly fond of, which topic I consider particularly important. As understandable as the question may be, it is clear that I will never be able to give a simple answer. What father, if asked which was his favourite child, would name only one of his offspring?
It's that time of year again... is the heading under which we might publish the DLR Research Report. But the challenges we face are not the same every year. A commercial company's annual report is an account of its activities, assets and liabilities, providing an overview of its operational and financial situation.
Global challenges are also of central importance to DLR. We are active in dealing with climate change, scarcity of resources, secure energy provision and sustainable mobility. However, we also contribute to areas such as communications, demographic development and health, as well as coping with various conflicts and recurrent catastrophes.
The past year was an extremely successful one for DLR, with an immense range of projects and services in the focus areas of Aeronautics, Space, Energy and Transport making contributions to solving global challenges facing society. At the beginning of 2010, DLR established a new organisational unit, Program Coordination Defence & Security Research, which has a special focus on coordinating activities with the Federal Ministry of Defence. Economic development was also positive in the last year, with particular thanks to the various federal and state ministries who have supported the DLR in its combined capacity as research institution, space agency and project management agency.
The future feeds on curiosity, thirst for knowledge drives us forward. This maxim helps us to focus on the goals that we wish to achieve in the main interest areas at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), namely aeronautics, space, transport, energy and security, as well as on the goals for our management activities in our capacity as the national space agency for Germany and the country‘s largest project management agency.
Unity in the face of diversity - explore the universe, advance aeronautics research, increase mobility by means of networked transport systems, develop sustainable concepts for energy supply. These are diverse objectives, which are closely thematically linked to each other and serve to advance our modern society. Over the past year, we at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have come a step closer to achieving these objectives.
Mobility, communication, safety, energy, and climate change - these are the challenges facing our modern-day society. As research center, space agency and the largest project management agency in Germany, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is working to become the driving force on these issues by applying mental agility, flexibility and top performance. For a century now, scientists have been researching and developing innovative technologies in the area of aeronautics and subsequently space that have done far more than enrich our daily lives. They also enable us to meet the growing competition in Germany, Europe and the world and to take on leading roles in certain segments, thus allowing us to secure Germany’s lead position in business and science.