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URBAN-Rescue - Rotorcraft as pure emergency doctor transporter within urban environments
Within the internal project URBAN-Rescue, researchers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) work on two scenarios of DLR’s Guiding Concept "Rescue Helicopter 2030" with defined requirement profiles, which include the fast rescue helicopter and a new rotorcraft as pure emergency doctor transporter.
IndiAna Wind - Development of powerful and quiet airfoils with high relative thickness
In the course of increasing efficiency of today’s energy production, the rotor diameters of modern wind turbines become increasingly larger. Within the project IndiAnaWind the scientistst of the DLR-Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology develop airfoils with high relative thickness, which stand out due to high aerodynamic efficiency and low aeroacoustic emission.
FK2020+ - Development of technologies and methods for future missile defence
Missiles play an important role in national and international air and missile defence. However, they need to be developed constantly in order to keep in step with upcoming future threats. The objective of project FK2020+ is to develop and verify innovative missile technologies and methods, for one in order to improve the performance of guided missiles, for another to develop tools and methods to develop and analyze missiles and missile technologies, for example in the frame of a threat analyses.
RIT2x Lifetime Test - Long term tests for the thruster RIT2x
The DLR-Institut of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology performs a lifetime qualification test of ArianeGroup’s radio frequency gridded thruster RIT2x in the electric propulsion test facility of DLR Göttingen.
INTELWI-DLR - Investigations on a high aspect ratio and ultra-efficient intelligent wing
The INTELWI project is investigating an "intelligent wing" for future commercial aircraft that responds as far as possible autonomously to external influences such as maneuvers and gusts with active and passive load alleviation. The Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology leads the subproject and will investigate selected technologies and simulation methods for a high aspect ratio, sensor-equipped, actively controlled wing.
KonSENS - Innovative software methods for flow simulations around virtual aircraft
Numerical simulation is one of the key technologies enabling a fully digital description of aircraft. Thus, the provision of multi-disciplinary simulation tools is an important element on the way towards a virtual product. Within the DLR-project KonSENS, the Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology evolves innovative software methods for flow simulations around virtual aircraft.
HiFi-TURB - High precision and fast calculation of relevant flow features
Within the EU program Horizon 2020 the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the partners evolve in the project HiFi-TURB (High-Fidelity DNS/LES for Innovative Turbulence Models) a new generation of reliable anisotropy-resolving turbulence models, able to predict accurately separated and vortical flows for the European aeronautics industry to be used in RANS and Hybrid RANS-LES methods – forming the CFD backbone in industry.
RETALT - European reusable launch systems for more sustainability in spaceflight
Within the EU program Horizon 2020 the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the five partners from industry teamed up in the project RETALT (RETro propulsion Assisted Landing Technologies) to enhance the know-how in reusable rockets in Europe, which start upright and land upright after a successful mission.
Diabolo - Technologies and design of next generation fighter aircraft
The objectives of the DLR project Diabolo are to develop methods and processes for the design and performance assessment of next-generation fighter aircraft configurations. Diabolo is a German Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg) basic funded research project within DLR research framework of Defence Technology.
EPIC - A better prediction of plume induced contamination on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa
The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is preparing missions to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, which is believed to harbor an ocean of liquid water underneath its icy crust. One mission scenario involves placing a lander onto Europas surface to sample its composition. The aim of the EPIC project is to characterize the extent to which plume induced contamination and erosion affect representative surface materials.
TITENT - Combined flight calibration system for entering Titan's atmosphere
NASA announced Dragonfly’s selection as the next solar system exploration mission of the New Frontiers program. The mission is an MMRTG-powered rotorcraft lander that will launch in 2026 and arrive at Saturn's moon Titan in 2034. NASA formed a team including the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for the Engineering Science Investigation (ESI) for instrumentation of the entry capsule of the Dragonfly mission.
ReFEx - Reusable Flight Experiment
The German Aerospace Center is currently developing a flight experiment as a technology demonstrator for a reusable, Vertical Take-off and Horizontal Landing (VTHL) booster stage, the Reusable Flight Experiment (ReFEx). This project allows development progress on several sub-systems and their interaction, generating the know-how needed to actually fly a VTHL booster stage.
SynergIE - Investigation of distributed hybrid-electric propulsions on short-range aircrafts
The main objective of the DLR research activities in SynergIE is to investigate the overall system of a hybrid-electric short-range aircraft for up to 100 passengers with distributed propulsion on the wing in order to investigate and quantify potential efficiency improvements, to integrate them into the aircraft design and to give recommendations for further development steps up to demonstrator concepts.
CHEOPS - Consortium for Hall Effect Orbital Propulsion System
The CHEOPS (Consortium for Hall Effect Orbital Propulsion System) is a challenging space project that proposes to develop three different Hall Effect Thruster (HET) Electric Propulsion Systems (EPS), each with specific requirements leading to specific improvements at system and subsystem levels, in order to serve different application fields or orbits: Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) dual mode EPS to provide high thrust during transfer and high Isp during station keeping. Low Earth Orbit (LEO) low power EPS, with a very low cost target for mass production. High power, high thrust EPS for Exploration applications.
SimBaCon - Simulation Based Certification
Vor ihrem Markteintritt müssen alle Arten von industriellen Produkten einen Prozess der Qualifikation oder Zulassung durch staatliche Stellen durchlaufen, um nachzuweisen, dass die geltenden Sicherheits- und Umweltvorschriften erfüllt werden. Die dazu notwendige Virtualisierung möglichst vieler Prozesse der Produktentwicklung und des Betriebs im Rechner ist zentraler Forschungsgegenstand in allen Bereichen des DLR. Um diese Aktivitäten zu bündeln, hat das DLR das Querschnittsprojekt „Simulation Based Certification“ (SimBaCon) gestartet.
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