Programme and Strategy: Digitalisation research at DLR

Investment in high-tech in Göttingen
Investment in high-tech in Göttingen
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Contact
  • Mark Azzam
    Head
    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR)
    Programm coordination Digitalization
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-3600
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
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