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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.

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.

Falcon – measurement flights in Malaysia

1. February 2012

The coastal regions of Malaysia are major source areas of biogenic halogen compounds capable of damaging the ozone layer. This was the verdict reached by scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) together with partners from the SHIVA project.

Helicopters set to become more manoeuvrable - using humpback whales as the prototype

27. January 2012

Modern helicopters could be significantly faster and more manoeuvrable - if aerodynamics did not impose limitations on them. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Göttingen have now discovered and flight-tested a way to increase manoeuvrability using an idea they got from observing humpback whales.

Do natural halogen compounds damage the ozone layer?

4. November 2011

The industrial production of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has been forbidden under international agreement, but it is also possible that natural chlorinated and brominated compounds might damage the ozone layer.

DLR and Airbus flight-test new aircraft ventilation system

19. October 2011

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Airbus have flight-tested a new ventilation system for aircraft for the first time, with the objective of improving passenger comfort while saving energy and fuel.

Research flights - DLR investigates the effect of contrails and volcanic emissions on the climate

7. October 2011

What influence do contrails and volcanic emissions have on the climate? Scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) tackled this question by conducting 12 research flights with the Falcon research aircraft as part of the Concert project.