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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.

Aircraft of the future - DLR is studying 'Blended Wing Body' designs

9. September 2011

What will the aircraft of the future look like? Researchers at DLR are trying to answer this question. One possible option is known as a Blended Wing Body.

Wind tunnels, air traffic and research aircraft – the fascination of aviation during German Aerospace Day at DLR

1. September 2011

Anyone who has ever wanted to know what a combustion chamber test stand looks like from the inside, how a wind tunnel works or how big the Airbus A380 really is must come to German Aerospace Day.

German Aerospace Day at DLR in Cologne – a live encounter with astronauts and high-tech research

19. August 2011

On 18 September 2011, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is holding its Aerospace Day in Cologne-Porz. On this date, DLR and the European Space Agency (ESA) – alongside other partners, will be showcasing their research projects from the aerospace, energy and transport sectors.

Knowledge for tomorrow – DLR at the Moscow Aerospace Show MAKS 2011

15. August 2011

The Moscow Aviation and Space Salon show, MAKS 2011, takes place in Zhukovsky, south of Moscow, between 16 and 21 August 2011. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is once again represented at Russia’s national aerospace show this year.

Through thunderheads and ash clouds – the DLR Falcon research aircraft has been flying for 35 years

20. July 2011

Be it Spitsbergen, Greenland, the Tropics or the southern tip of the Americas – its deployment in the service of science has already taken the Dassault Falcon 20E research aircraft to an incredibly diverse range of places. The Falcon has been flying for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for the last 35 years.

Lufthansa using biofuels on scheduled flights

15. July 2011

Deutsche Lufthansa AG started using biofuels on its regular scheduled flights on Friday, 15 July 2011. As part of this project, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will be taking exhaust gas measurements directly on the engine and comparing the emissions from kerosene and from the biofuel.

DLR Airbus A320 ATRA taxis using fuel cell-powered nose wheel for the first time

6. July 2011

On 30 June 2011, DLR’s A320 ATRA (Advanced Technology Research Aircraft) taxied around Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport propelled by an electric nose wheel. In the taxiing tests, researchers and engineers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Airbus and Lufthansa Technik demonstrated a fuel cell-powered electric nose wheel. When installed in airliners, such nose wheels could significantly reduce noise and emissions at airports.

DLR examines the benefits of 'sectorless' airspace

29. June 2011

Air traffic will continue to grow in the foreseeable future, increasing the workload of air traffic controllers. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have been examining what would happen if air traffic controllers started to view German airspace as a whole, rather than continuing the current practice of viewing it as small areas known as 'sectors'.

'Pressure cooker' for aircraft components - the world's largest research autoclave arrives at DLR

12. June 2011

After a journey by sea and road that lasted over two weeks, the world's largest research autoclave has reached its destination at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Stade. Road signs had to be taken down and motorways closed to transport the cylinder, measuring 27 metres in length and with a diameter of 6.5 metres, to the DLR Center for Lightweight Production Technology (Zentrum für Leichtbauproduktionstechnologie; ZLP). The autoclave will be used to cure composite aircraft components at elevated pressures and temperatures – much like the principle employed by pressure cookers.

The secret of efficient bird flight – DLR measures the shape of a barn owl wing in flight

26. April 2011

The flight of birds is still largely unexplored; in particular, the movements performed during the beat of a wing and the airflow around the wing are a puzzle to scientists. The German Aerospace Center (DLR), in collaboration with its partners, is addressing question. On 26 April 2011, they will photograph the wing of a barn owl while it is in flight.

Ten megatons of ash and three megatons of sulphur dioxide

Ten megatons of ash and three megatons of sulphur dioxide – DLR publishes the results of its volcanic ash measurement flights

12. April 2011

One year ago, on 14 April 2010, the Icelandic volcano of Eyjafjallajökull erupted and effectively grounded large parts of the air transport sector across Europe. The data collected during the eight measurement flights by the Falcon research aircraft, operated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), have now been evaluated.

DLR und NASA forschen an leiseren Hubschraubern

DLR and NASA: making the helicopters of the future quieter

6. April 2011

A helicopter relies on its rotor to be able to take off and land vertically. The rotor is also responsible for the noise a helicopter makes during flight. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Göttingen and NASA are investigating the exact origin of this rotor noise. The aim is to make the helicopters of the future quieter.

DLR simuliert in Flugversuchen das Passagierflugzeug der Zukunft

Test flights in a simulated passenger aircraft of the future

28. March 2011

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has been performing flight tests to simulate and study the flight characteristics of large 'flying wing' configurations to prepare for future aircraft designs. These have been tested and evaluated using DLR's ATTAS (Advanced Technologies Testing Aircraft System) research aircraft.

Emissionsfrei am Flughafen: DLR entwickelt Brennstoffzellen betriebenes elektrisches Bugrad für Verkehrsflugzeuge

Emission-free airports – DLR develops a fuel cell-powered electric nose wheel for commercial aircraft

1. February 2011

Thanks to a fuel cell-powered electric nose wheel, aircraft will be able to save fuel while significantly reducing airport noise. A quiet and emission-free tarmac will be possible. After three years of development at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the system is now ready for its first rolling tests with the DLR A320 ATRA (Advanced Testing and Research Aircraft).