Guiding concepts for DLR aeronautics research

Within DLR aeronautics research, six key concepts address the core challenges in air transport for safe and environmentally sustainable flight. They focus programmatic control on target products and do this across discipline and institute boundaries. The aim is to pursue and implement key technologies together with industry within the framework of national guiding concepts and international programmes. This aim extends to the virtual integration of an innovative aircraft.

Scientists and engineers from various DLR institutes and research disciplines work closely together on innovations for aeronautics. They cover the entire air transport system, from individual components and the technical challenges of entire aircraft to the complex interplay of air traffic. The aim is to carry out a complete life cycle and technology assessment.

Aircraft flying over city
Aircraft flying over city Sketch

Short-haul aircraft

At DLR, a short-haul aircraft that meets the QSTOL requirements for quiet take-off and landing on short runways is to be designed and assessed as a complete system. As early as the design phase, it is being considered how the aircraft fits into the overall air transport system.

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Long-haul aircraft Sketch

Long-haul aircraft

In essence, the aim is to achieve maximum transport performance with new aircraft configurations that use less resources and thus carry more passengers per long-haul flight. Innovative aircraft designs that fulfil all these expectations as far as is possible are to be devised and considered at DLR.

Sketch: Efficient air traffic management
Efficient air traffic management Sketch

Efficient air traffic management

New mechanisms for air traffic management designed for highly-optimised operations are to be developed at DLR. A constantly safe and resilient air transport system will be controlled in an environment-friendly way to increase capacity and efficiency.

Sketch of a rescue helicopter
Rescue helicopter Sketch

Rescue helicopter 2030

The rescue helicopters of the future will be expected to reach their destination quickly, safely, quietly and flexibly, even over long distances and in all weather conditions, around the clock. A helicopter configuration is to be designed at DLR specifically for these missions.

Sketch: Uncrewed cargo transport
Uncrewed cargo transport Sketch

Uncrewed cargo transport

At DLR, civilian applications of uncrewed aerial systems are to be demonstrated. In the future, uncrewed aerial systems will be able to fly in controlled civilian airspace and be used as reliable cargo transporters.

Sketch of an aircraft flyling ouf of a screen
Virtual product Sketch

Virtual product

At DLR, the ‘virtual product’ will be placed at the forefront of the research work. The virtual product generally refers to the highly-accurate mathematical-numerical representation of a new aircraft with all its properties and components, such as aerodynamics, systems and engines.

  • Dr. Kolja Kindler
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-34353
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne

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