29. April 2020
New issue of the DLRmagazine

DL­R­magazine 164 – Rolling out the red car­pet for IS­TAR

ISTAR research aircraft
IS­TAR re­search air­craft
Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

ISTAR research aircraft

When the cur­tain is drawn back to re­veal an air­craft, it has to be some­thing spe­cial. This is how IS­TAR made its en­trance. The new ad­di­tion to the DLR fleet, now sta­tioned at Braun­schweig, is a fly­ing lab­o­ra­to­ry. Its name stands for 'In-flight Sys­tems and Tech­nol­o­gy Air­borne Re­search'. IS­TAR is be­ing ex­pand­ed, step-by-step, with high­ly spe­cialised mea­sure­ment tech­nolo­gies. It will be able to sim­u­late the flight char­ac­ter­is­tics of any air­craft – while in the air. Re­searchers will in­ves­ti­gate new tech­nolo­gies for qui­eter en­gines and in­no­va­tive as­sis­tance sys­tems, among oth­er things.

A special kind of star is seen behind a curtain on the cover of the latest DLRmagazine. Its name, ISTAR, stands for In-flight Systems and Technology Airborne Research. Its future is clear: gradually expanded and equipped with highly specialised measurement technology, the latest addition to DLR's research aircraft fleet should soon be able to simulate the flight characteristics of any aircraft in flight. In the April issue of the DLRmagazine, you can also expect to meet stars made of flesh and blood, such as Jessika Wichner, the head of the DLR Central Archive. She spends her days preserving the past and present for the future. Our partners in conversation on the subject of aviation also look to the future: atmospheric researcher Sigrun Matthes reports on how non-carbon dioxide effects influence the climate, and Christian Eschmann talks about unmanned aircraft systems and their influence on the air traffic of the future. Our future mobility is also the subject of the article about the Test Field in Lower Saxony. DLR is investigating autonomous driving functions there.

Space enthusiasts will get an in-depth look at a 'planetary affair'. What do we know about our planetary neighbour Venus and what we have yet to learn.

Although our lives have somewhat been turned around in spring of 2020 and all kinds of things are uncertain, the DLRmagazine brings to you its reports, interviews and news from DLR's research and development … and work on the summer edition is already underway!

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  • Cordula Tegen
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Pub­lic Af­fairs and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-3876
    Fax: +49 2203 601-3249
  • Julia Heil
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-5263

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