About German Aerospace Day

On Sunday, 22 September 2013, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) together with its partners – the European Space Agency ESA, Cologne/Bonn Airport and the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) – is once again celebrating German Aerospace Day at its site in Cologne. On this day, the research institutes will open their doors and introduce visitors to what they do and how they work. It is an excellent opportunity to see and learn about top-level research in aviation and aerospace, energy and transport up close and personal. Astronauts like Alexander Gerst, scheduled to travel to the International Space Station next year, will provide an account on their work and on life as a space traveller. The patron of the event is Dr Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.

A special programme has been created for children: issued with VIP-Kids passes, they will have the opportunity to take part in special, child-friendly tours of the institutes and laboratories, where our scientists will be waiting for them with fun, hands-on activities. There will also be a great stage programme and many other attractions.

Getting to German Aerospace Day 2013

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German Aerospace Day 2011

Tag der Luft%2d und Raumfahrt 2011

Around 85.000 people came to German Aerospace Day in 2011; here they were informed about the research conducted by the various institutes.

Entertaining performance

Bühnenprogramm beim Tag der Luft%2d und Raumfahrt

A fun show on the main stage at German Aerospace Day 2011.

Aircraft exhibition on German Aerospace Day 2011

Flugzeugausstellung am Tag der Luft%2d und Raumfahrt 2011

On German Aerospace Day 2011, many visitors saw the DLR research aircraft fleet and other guest aircraft. The buildings of the European Transonic Wind Tunnel (ETW) can be seen in the background.

DLR research facility :envihab

DLR :envihab. The research facility contains, among other things, a short%2darm centrifuge, hypobaric chamber, and a psychology laboratory (Image: DLR)

The focus of the :envihab research facility, operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), and its eight modules, spread over 3500 square metres, is on people, their health and their performance levels.

Touching down on a comet – Philae


Tucked away on board the European spacecraft Rosetta, the lander Philae is flying to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This first landing on a comet will enable scientists to conduct never-before accomplished measurements on the comet’s surface.

CWS-test facility for thermochemical storage


Thermochemical heat storage systems take in heat using an endothermic reaction and release it again through an exothermic reaction. They have a very high energy density and are ideal for long-term storage. In the CWS (Chemische Wärmespeicherung mittels reversibler Gas- und Feststoffreaktionen – chemical heat storage by means of reversible gas-and solid-state reactions) test facility in CeraStorE at DLR Cologne, such a storage system is being tested on a larger scale for the first time.


  • European Astronaut Centre (EAC)
  • Köln Bonn Airport
  • Luftwaffe

Greetings for German Aerospace Day