The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, digitalisation and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the Federal Government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for two project management agencies for research funding.
A wide-ranging portfolio
DLR’s work is diverse and geared towards the needs of society. It focuses on research in the areas of mobility, energy, communications, security, digitalisation and, of course, aeronautics and space, which gave DLR its name 60 years ago. Its mission thus comprises the exploration of Earth and the Solar System and research for protecting the environment. DLR’s portfolio ranges from fundamental to applied research, and through to the development of the innovative products for tomorrow. In this way, DLR contributes the scientific and technical expertise that it has acquired to strengthening Germany as a location for industry and technology.
DLR also operates its own large-scale research facilities, some of which are unique. DLR uses these for its own projects, but also makes them available to customers and project partners. It also fosters the development of the next generation of researchers, provides expert advisory services to government, and is a driving force in the regions where its facilities are located.