Cen­tral Ex­pen­di­ture Man­age­ment

The nine-metre antenna of DLR's GARS O'Higgins Antarctic Station
The nine-me­tre an­ten­na of DLR's GARS O'Hig­gins Antarc­tic Sta­tion
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The nine-metre antenna of DLR's GARS O'Higgins Antarctic Station

The nine-me­tre an­ten­na of DLR's GARS O'Hig­gins Antarc­tic Sta­tion of DLR re­ceives a vast amount of satel­lite da­ta. In ad­di­tion to re­ceiv­ing da­ta, com­mands are trans­mit­ted to satel­lites and, in some cas­es, pro­cess­ing of the da­ta al­so takes place on site.
The optical test range
The op­ti­cal test range
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The optical test range

DLR laser lab­o­ra­to­ry with the open beam path be­tween the trans­mit­ting sta­tion (left) and the re­ceiv­ing sta­tion (right).
ESA's short-arm hu­man cen­trifuge at :en­vi­hab
ESA's short-arm hu­man cen­trifuge at :en­vi­hab
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ESA's short-arm hu­man cen­trifuge at :en­vi­hab

The test sub­ject can be ac­cel­er­at­ed with up to 4.5 g at the foot end.
TESIS:store – the largest facility for the development of new single-tank storage concepts
TESIS:store - the largest fa­cil­i­ty for the de­vel­op­ment of new sin­gle-tank stor­age con­cepts
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TESIS:store - the largest facility for the development of new single-tank storage concepts

The Test Fa­cil­i­ty for Ther­mal En­er­gy Stor­age in Molten Salts (TESIS) is di­vid­ed in­to two sub-sys­tems. TESIS:store is used for stor­age de­vel­op­ment, and TESIS:com to test com­po­nents. TESIS:store is the world’s largest re­search fa­cil­i­ty to be ded­i­cat­ed to the study of new sin­gle-tank stor­age con­cepts. Stor­ing ex­cess heat in just one tank, in­stead of the usu­al two, re­duces the costs of the stor­age fa­cil­i­ty.
Re­search air­craft A320 ATRA
Re­search air­craft A320 ATRA
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Re­search air­craft A320 ATRA

DLR's largest re­search air­craft A320 ATRA – view from be­low.

Central Expenditure Management is the point of contact for all matters relating to research infrastructure at DLR. We address the expectations of the DLR Executive Board and institutes internally, as well as those of the funding bodies, in particular the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HGF), as well as other interested parties outside DLR.

DLR's purpose is to conduct research in the key areas of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation. This is achieved, among other things, by the establishment and operation of research infrastructure. This infrastructure is shared by the institutes and key areas, and is also available to partners in science and industry. DLR currently operates over 150 research facilities, including aircraft and wind tunnels, control centres and receiving stations, as well as data archives and processing systems for satellite operations, research power plants and experimental energy storage systems, test sites, simulators and systems analysis laboratories, facilities for materials and design research, medical infrastructure and high-performance computers.

Contact for all matters concerning research infrastructure

DLR provides the financial resources required to establish and operate the research infrastructure. We are responsible for the central planning of financial resources and for ensuring their effective and efficient deployment. We also control planning and implementation of investment measures that are realised with the involvement of additional, external funding sources.

The Department supports the DLR Executive Board in the strategic alignment of the research infrastructure, ensuring that a portfolio of facilities that reflects the objectives of DLR's research areas is available in good time and that the facilities remain in operation. For this purpose, we prepare a large facility strategy based on the overall DLR strategy and the strategies of the individual technical disciplines and key areas.

We support the DLR institutes in the identification of their investment requirements within the framework of medium-term planning, and provide central assistance in the establishment of research infrastructures and during their operational phases. Underlying these considerations is the determination of the research facility’s relevance with respect to its technical and economic sustainability.

Tasks in terms of sustainability, transparency and participation

We regularly evaluate the portfolio of research facilities in regard to their technical and programmatic relevancy, and ultimately with respect to their economic performance indicators.

We have established a quality management system that meets the standards of certification in order to fulfil our tasks in line with the principles of sustainability, transparency and participation. This system models the entire life cycle of research infrastructures – from planning and assembly, to operation and eventual decommissioning.

  • Volker Speelmann
    Head of Cen­tral Ex­pen­di­ture Man­age­ment
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4103
    Fax: +49 2203 601 4115
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
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