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Efficient flying – periodic pulses of air control flow over aircraft wings

18. November 2015

Larger and more powerful engines are making flying more efficient. These gigantic main engines take up more space on the wings of modern passenger aircraft. However, they influence the flow over the wing surface and reduce lift.

Lärmwirkungsforscher Dr. Uwe Müller

Studying awakening reactions – interview with noise effects researcher Uwe Müller

29. October 2015

NORAH (NOise-Related Annoyance, cognition, and Health) is the largest European-level study on the effects of air, road and rail traffic noise. The results have recently been released by the Environment and Community Centre (Umwelt- und Nachbarschaftshaus), a subsidiary of the German state of Hesse and part of the Forum Airport and Region (Forum Flughafen und Region).

Aviation research in Europe – DLR takes over as Chair of ACARE

23. October 2015

Europe is home to some 450 airlines, 700 airports and a world-leading aviation industry. For 15 years, the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and innovation in Europe (ACARE) has been bringing together the foremost commercial and scientific representatives in the European aviation industry to jointly develop guidelines for European aviation research.

A journey through an exhaust plume – DLR flight tests for alternative fuels

9. October 2015

Alternative fuels have the potential to support the environment- and climate-friendly developments in air transport. At present, global air traffic contributes towards almost five percent of global warming. In addition to the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, condensation trails and the resulting cirrus clouds lead to a significant climate impact.

Einblick in das Krisenzentrum

Uncrewed airborne disaster relief – rescue exercise in a simulated flood

11. September 2015

From 9 September 2015, test flights are taking place on three consecutive days in a simulated disaster scenario as part of the EU's 'Driving Innovations in Crisis Management for European Resilience' (DRIVER) project. Harrowing scenes are being simulated in Braunschweig on those days. A major flood has covered a wide area around the Tankumsee, a lake near Gifhorn; surrounding roads are also affected and people are stranded in the water.

Bionik in der Luftfahrt: Venusfliegenfalle als Vorbild für Landeklappen

Bionics in aeronautics – Venus Flytrap used as a model for new flap design

14. August 2015

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are researching a morphing wing trailing edge that can be smoothly transformed into any shape and will make conventional flaps redundant. The flaps on the wings of today’s commercial airliners are actuated via a complicated mechanism. Their arrangement and the resulting gap when they are extended compromises the aerodynamics, increases fuel consumption and contributes to inflight noise. The new technology, on the other hand, is flexible, its movement being based on that of carnivorous plants. This enables the gap between the wing and the flap to be eliminated.

DLR/NASA – 3D radar measurements of forest areas

15. July 2015

A tangle of treetops and branches, through which just the occasional clear area provides glimpses of the trunks and roots growing below. Whether it is woodland with German spruces or a tropical rainforest, very few sensors are able to see through this green carpet and clearly visualise the underlying structures. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is developing radar technology that, for the first time, will enable a three-dimensional visual representation of forest areas from the roots to the crowns.


DLR and Canadian National Research Council announce closer cooperation in aeronautics research

9. July 2015

Collaboration between them is already a reality, but with the signing of a framework cooperation agreement on 9 July 2015, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have now strengthened their cooperation. Current research projects will be extended in the next five years – for example, in the area of alternative aircraft fuels – and new cooperation projects will be embarked upon to facilitate, among other things, uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV) and aircraft cabin research.


NASA and DLR to continue cooperation in aeronautics research

16. June 2015

The US aerospace agency NASA and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have signed two agreements on further scientific cooperation in the aeronautics sector. Both partners want to work together on the research topics of aircraft noise simulation and the improvement of helicopter aerodynamics.

Spezialkamera MACS

Paris Air Show 2015 – DLR at Le Bourget

8. June 2015

Under the catchphrase 'Knowledge for Tomorrow', the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is presenting its technological innovations in aerospace at the Paris Air Show. The 51st Air Show in Paris, one of the largest and most important aerospace exhibitions in the world, provides an exciting platform for leading representatives of the industry.

Patches for high-performance structures – DLR researchers develop new repair process for fibre-reinforced polymers

5. June 2015

Aircraft and vehicle manufacturing are becoming increasingly dependent on structures made of fibre-reinforced polymers (FRPs). The reason for this is the advantageous properties of these high-performance composites – they exhibit high stiffness and strength, but are low in weight.

Falcon und DC%2d8 vor einem gemeinsamen Forschungsflug in Island

On the trail of Icelandic depressions – DLR tests new laser measurement technology in flights over Greenland

26. May 2015

For accurate weather forecasts and improved climate models, it is crucial to capture data about the winds over the North Atlantic as precisely as possible. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have developed a prototype of a wind lidar (light detection and ranging) that is scheduled for deployment on a new European Space Agency (ESA) weather satellite in late 2016.

Radar views of permanent ice for climate research – DLR research flights over Greenland

22. May 2015

The Greenland ice sheet is, in places, more than three kilometres thick and a crucial feature in climate modelling. Scientists of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with colleagues from ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich), are currently conducting tests of new radar imaging methods in a research flight campaign over Greenland initiated by the Microwaves and Radar Institute in cooperation with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO).

Diet and noise therapy for passenger jets – DLR flight-tests towards lower-velocity approaches

29. April 2015

The DLR Advanced Technology Research Aircraft (ATRA) flew at the limits of its capabilities between 16 and 19 March 2015. In a total of four flights, the test pilots flew the specially instrumented A320 passenger jet at extremely low speeds.

DLR study – inclusion of aviation in international climate protection protocols

23. April 2015

Aviation and the impact it can have on the climate can be integrated into international climate protection protocols. This would enable significant reductions in climate-related emissions and associated impact, with a modest effect on the demand for air transport.

High-pressure air fights aircraft noise – compressed air substantially reduces engine noise

27. February 2015

The large blades of the fan dominate when looking at an aircraft engine from the front. They are also among the largest producers of in-flight noise. Researchers conducting trials at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have now succeeded in demonstrating, for the first time anywhere in the world, that fan noise can be reduced substantially by introducing compressed air.

Timely forest fire detection from space, measuring pollutants in the Monsoon winds and mobility in the city of tomorrow

22. January 2015

BIROS, a microsatellite capable of detecting forest fires from space, will be launched in 2015. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) HALO atmospheric research aircraft will be flying through the Monsoon winds in the summer of 2015, investigating the effect of large-scale airflows on polluted air masses above India.

Nocturnal laser measurements – first in-flight aerodynamic analysis on a commercial aircraft

7. January 2015

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), in collaboration with Airbus, have completed a successful world première – for the first time, they have used lasers to visualise the airflow over the wing of a passenger aircraft in flight. They have developed a method that captures the movement of water droplets streaming over the wing, which reveals the smallest movements of the air. These findings will help optimise future wings to enable slower and quieter approach procedures. Another 'laser flight' is scheduled for 8 January 2015.

Thermal protection layer destroyed, sensors blocked

9. October 2014

Volcanic ash can cause serious problems for aviation. Under Project VolcATS-Vehicle, researchers from DLR are investigating the effects of volcanic ash on aircraft.

Climate research with HALO over the Brazilian rainforest

7. October 2014

Thunderclouds over rainforests are an important element in the climate system. The DLR research aircraft HALO spent the period from the beginning of September to the beginning of October 2014 in Manaus, a city in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, measuring the emergence, development and properties of tropical clouds.

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