Pro­gramme and Strat­e­gy: Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion re­search at DLR

Investment in high-tech in Göttingen
In­vest­ment in high-tech in Göt­tin­gen
Image 1/6, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Investment in high-tech in Göttingen

Three mil­lion eu­ros were in­vest­ed in the new su­per com­put­er at DLR site Göt­tin­gen.
View inside the Apron and Tower Simulator (ATS)
View in­side the Apron and Tow­er Sim­u­la­tor (ATS)
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View inside the Apron and Tower Simulator (ATS)

In the ATS, high-res­o­lu­tion pro­jec­tors and screens are used to vir­tu­al­ly dis­play an air­port.
Computer-assisted models for product development
Com­put­er-as­sist­ed mod­els for prod­uct de­vel­op­ment
Image 3/6, Credit: DLR/Shutterstock, Zapp2Photo

Computer-assisted models for product development

In SCIL, small and medi­um-sized en­ter­pris­es in par­tic­u­lar are giv­en ac­cess to the lat­est de­sign tech­nolo­gies and soft­ware tools for mod­elling, con­trol­ling and ad­just­ing com­plex mecha­tron­ic sys­tems across the en­tire spec­trum of their tech­ni­cal ap­pli­ca­tions.
Fluid dynamics
Flu­id dy­nam­ics
Image 4/6, Credit: Airbus 2017.

Fluid dynamics

Com­pu­ta­tion­al flu­id dy­nam­ics will play a key role in the de­vel­op­ment of the next gen­er­a­tion air­craft.
aim4it App on a smartphone
aim4it App
Image 5/6, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

aim4it App

The aim4it app sup­ports and makes trav­el ac­ces­si­ble.
Door-surround structure using SHM
Door-sur­round struc­ture us­ing SHM
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Door-surround structure using SHM

Door-sur­round struc­ture in a fuse­lage shell with in­te­grat­ed struc­tural health mon­i­tor­ing net­work.

Digital change is transforming the economy and society, affecting almost every area of life. Digitalisation is based on a significant increase in data availability, storage and computing capacity, and the global networking of IT systems. These developments make it possible to extract knowledge from the exponentially increasing amounts of data in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. This results in many new research approaches and business models. On the one hand, this presents great opportunities, but on the other it increases competitiveness in a globalised world.

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is addressing this challenge and developing tools for aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security that will enable Germany to play an active role in shaping the digital future.

Combining expertise in the cross-sectoral area of digitalisation

With its new cross-sectoral area of digitalisation, DLR is looking to combine its research activities and expertise to advance its work in this field. DLR’s digitalisation research team plans and manages research and development activities related to digitalisation in cooperation with partners from research, industry and government. This area comprises activities in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security research in terms of digitalisation-relevant activities. The focus is on multi- and interdisciplinary projects that link DLR’s various fields of research.

In the field of digitalisation, DLR is researching four main topics:

  • Digitalisation in the economy
  • Big and Smart Data / Data Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Intelligent mobility

With its neutral and scientifically based information expertise, DLR is an important point of contact for government and society regarding digitalisation issues. DLR’s research is also making an important contribution to Germany as a location for industry and in shaping standards for the digital age.

  • Dr. Andreas Klöckner
    Ex­ec­u­tive Board Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (act­ing)
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tion Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-5346
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne

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