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Research into the digitalisation of aviation

3. August 2017

On 3 August 2017, Rolf Henke, Executive Board Member of the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) responsible for Aeronautics, opened the new DLR Institute of Software Methods in Dresden, together with Martin Dulig, Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport.

High altitude research aircraft investigates particle layer above Asia

31. July 2017

It is one of the big unknowns in climate research. The aerosol cloud that sits above the Asian summer monsoon consists of small droplets and dust particles that reach an altitude of up to 17 kilometres and have an effect on the climate.

Active rotor control to reduce noise and vibration

25. July 2017

Under some operating conditions, rotors are the main source of noise produced by a helicopter. To reduce this noise and the simultaneous vibrations, the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with Airbus Helicopters Deutschland, has tested active rotor control on a modern, five-blade rotor in a wind tunnel as part of the SKAT (Scalability and risk minimisation of technology) research project. The result was an approximately 30 percent reduction in noise.

SAGITTA successfully completes first flight

18. July 2017

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), in tandem with project leader Airbus Defence and Space, has successfully flight tested a new aircraft as part of the development of future production-ready drones (UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicles).

HALO research aircraft measures emissions from major cities

17. July 2017

Emissions from major cities can spread beyond the limits of these urban areas under certain weather conditions. When this happens, the wind often carries particles and gaseous pollutants over 1000 kilometres.

Digital pilot in the cockpit – the A-PiMod project receives the German Mobility Award

29. June 2017

The idea behind the A-PiMod project is to install a digital pilot in the cockpit to provide its human colleagues with in-flight advice. The research was conducted by the Institute of Flight Guidance at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), in cooperation with seven partners from science and industry.

Towards aircraft of the future

21. June 2017

The Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe ACARE disclosed its latest Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) at the Paris Airshow on 21 June 2017. Rolf Henke, ACARE Chairman and DLR Executive Board member responsible for aeronautics research, presented the new research agenda to Clara de la Torre, Director for Transport at the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation at the European Commission.

DLR agrees strategic partnership with ONERA and Airbus

21. June 2017

On 21 June 2017 at the Paris Air Show, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), Airbus and the French aviation research institute ONERA signed an agreement on a strategic partnership to develop new software in the area of computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

DLR and Embraer agree on cooperation in aviation research

21. June 2017

The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt; DLR) have signed an agreement to expand their research collaboration in the aeronautics sector.

DLR develops key components for the RACER flying demonstrator

20. June 2017

More than 400 kilometres per hour – that is how fast the Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft (Racer), which was presented by Airbus Helicopters at the Paris Air Show on 20 June 2017, will fly. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is playing a key role in the aerodynamic design of the wings and the tail plane.

DLR at the Paris Air Show

19. June 2017

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt; DLR) will be at the Paris Air Show from 19 to 25 June 2017. This year, the focus will be on mobility and digitalisation. In Hall 2C at the German Community stand, DLR will showcase technological innovations for eco-efficient flying with lower carbon dioxide and noise emissions, as well as a pioneering mission for global monitoring of dynamic Earth systems on the ground and in the atmosphere, with ever larger quantities of data handled professionally.

DLR study on low cost airlines: record supply, rising competition and falling prices

16. May 2017

Eurowings dominates the market. Ryanair and easyJet are experiencing strong growth. Low cost airlines in Germany are increasingly setting their sights on major airports, leading to rising competition, record offer of low cost flights and a drop in ticket prices.

Successful maiden flight of the unique Elektra-2 high-altitude platform

5. May 2017

Large companies across the globe are working on the Internet of the future, which will one day be available on the ground with good coverage from airborne platforms flying continuously on solar power. The development of such autonomous solar-electric powered gliders is in full swing.

Two petabytes of data for climate research

5. April 2017

Climate change, with all its ecological and economic implications, is one of society's greatest challenges. It is imperative that we develop efficient strategies and derive measures to protect our sensitive climate system on a global scale.

Biofuels reduce soot emissions from aircraft

15. March 2017

A fuel blend with 50 percent biofuel reduces soot particle emissions of the aircraft by 50 to 70 percent compared to conventional fuel, according to a study published in the scientific journal Nature. The findings are based on an international flight experiment between NASA, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada.

Students design the aircraft of the future

17. February 2017

Leading aviation technology in new directions with novel ideas and developing aircraft designs that reinvent passenger flight beyond the sound barrier or that are revolutionarily quiet and low-emission – these are the two challenges that the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with NASA, is tasking students within Germany and the United States.

Der Apron%2d und Tower%2dSimulator (ATS) am DLR%2dInstitut für Flugführung in Braunschweig ist Teil des Validierungszentrums Luftverkehr.

New taxiway to optimise traffic at Zurich airport

6. January 2017

Zurich airport is divided into two sections by an active runway. This centrally located runway has to be crossed by most of the arriving and departing aircraft. With the 'Rerouting runway 28' project, aircraft will use a new taxiway east of the runway, thereby considerably reducing the number of crossings to further increase safety. But can this new taxiway be operated smoothly?

Sleepless at DLR – Fatigued in the interest of research

2. January 2017

The alarm clock rings mercilessly at 07:00 sharp. Get up, shower, breakfast! Half asleep after a night that was far too short, we make our way to work in the midst of rush hour traffic and do not feel fully awake until after the second cup of coffee. Does that sound familiar?

Das DLR%2dForschungsflugzeug A320 ATRA (Advanced Technology Research Aircraft) ist eine moderne und flexible Flugversuchsplattform, die nicht nur größenmäßig einen neuen Maßstab für fliegende Versuchsträger in der europäischen Luftfahrtforschung setzt.

Flying around wake vortices – new system tested in flight trials

20. December 2016

When aircraft are in flight, vortices are generated behind them from the wing tips. These are known as wake vortices, and they can have safety implications for following air traffic. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has now tested the improvement of a wake vortex avoidance system in flight tests.

On the trail of the greenhouse gas methane – Flight test mission planned

2. December 2016

International policy-makers have set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Paris Agreement regarding climate change. Monitoring emissions will play a crucial role here. Greenhouse gas sources and sinks need to be investigated as accurately as possible in order to obtain reliable climate forecasts. In spring 2017, the research aircraft HALO (High Altitude and LOng Range Research Aircraft) is set to target carbon dioxide and methane, the two most significant greenhouse gases, with its innovative instruments, acquiring data stretching from Europe to North Africa, which is currently lacking.

 
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