National and International Networking
DLR aeronautics research is networked at national, European and global levels. Together with government representatives as well as partners from industry and research, and involving extensive cooperation with trade associations and interest groups, DLR is working to help shape the air transport system of the future. It plays a leading role in many areas of aeronautics research, both nationally and internationally.
In action worldwide – flying for research
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) operates the largest civilian fleet of research aircraft and helicopters in Europe. These highly-modified aircraft are either themselves the subject of aeronautics research or are used to observe the Earth, the ocean surfaces and the atmosphere. The aircraft are stationed at DLR’s sites in Braunschweig and Oberpfaffenhofen. This facility provides scientific services for DLR flight experiments as well as for other national and international institutions, public authorities and industrial customers.
The electrification of aviationElectric flight opens up a new dimension in aviation and offers unprecedented opportunities for sustainable mobility in the future. DLR is one of the pioneers in the field of electric flight. It combines fundamental and application-oriented research in this field in a way that is unique in Europe.
Large-scale research facilitiesThe portfolio at DLR currently comprises some 180 large-scale research facilities at 15 locations, including the polar regions. DLR also makes its large-scale facilities available to partners from industry and academia as part of its cooperative research activities.
Institute of System Architectures in Aeronautics: number of employees (2019)