Pro­gramme and Strat­e­gy: Se­cu­ri­ty and De­fence Re­search at DLR

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Controlled forest fire
Con­trolled for­est fire
Image 1/4, Credit: Marcos López Martínez (c) Fraunhofer IOSB, 2016.

Controlled forest fire

To test the suit­abil­i­ty of PHAROS, the DLR sci­en­tists went to Spain. For­est fires are one of the most dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions. To­geth­er with the lo­cal emer­gen­cy ser­vices, a con­trolled for­est fire was ig­nit­ed and then stud­ied with PHAROS.
Greater security for shipping
Greater se­cu­ri­ty for ship­ping
Image 2/4, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Greater security for shipping

The AIS Plus ship sig­nalling sys­tem, which was de­vel­oped by DLR, of­fers re­li­able po­si­tion re­port­ing even when there are high vol­umes of mar­itime traf­fic or in poor trans­mis­sion con­di­tions. The sys­tem al­so com­ple­ments coastal surveil­lance.
PHYLAX – laser-based system for explosive detection
PHY­LAX – laser-based sys­tem for ex­plo­sive de­tec­tion
Image 3/4, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

PHYLAX – laser-based system for explosive detection

Laser-based de­tec­tion sys­tem PHY­LAX in op­er­a­tion
SAGITTA takes off on its first flight
SAGIT­TA takes off on its first flight
Image 4/4, Credit: Airbus.

SAGITTA takes off on its first flight

The un­crewed tech­nol­o­gy demon­stra­tor with the project name SAGIT­TA takes off on its first flight at the test site in Over­berg, South Africa.

Security is not only a basic need of every human being, but also one of the most important challenges for the networked and globalised society and economy of the future. Security research represents both a separate research area and a cross-sectoral task at DLR. In this cross-sectoral area, research and development activities in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy and transport that have relevance for defence and security are planned and controlled in coordination with partners in government, science and industry.

Protection and monitoring of critical infrastructure

In interdisciplinary and cross-focal projects, 24 of the existing DLR institutes as well as the first and still under construction DLR Security Research institute, the Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures (MI) and the Institute for the Protection of Terrestrial Infrastructures (PI) contribute to the development, testing and evaluation of security-related technologies. In future, additional capacity and expertise will be established at the new institutes, which will expand and consolidate DLR’s security research portfolio.

DLR has comprehensive end-to-end system competence for space-based and airborne platforms. It offers expertise for key sub-systems, such as sensor technology, Earth observation and communications. DLR has a number of satellites and the associated operational facilities and data reception infrastructure, as well as numerous research aircraft, various recording and evaluation procedures and special simulation environments. Using these assets, DLR is able to contribute to the protection and monitoring of critical infrastructure, crisis and disaster management, border security, and protection against terrorism and organised crime. Experience in the field of ‘dual-use’ rounds off the profile of DLR’s core competencies.

Independent consulting and evaluation

DLR’s independent analytical and assessment expertise contributes to maintaining and strengthening their ability to assess the state’s security precautions. In addition to cooperation with other national and international research institutions and organisations, DLR’s security research also maintains a close dialog with the relevant ministries, public institutions and commercial enterprises.

International networking of security research

DLR is part of national, European and global security research networks. With its research activities, DLR supports Germany's position in the face of European and international competition. The strategic orientation of DLR’s cross-sectoral security research is thus based on future European security and defence policy. It also takes into account the capability profiles defined at an international level for protecting the general public and securing peace.

supported by the Federal Ministry of Defense
supported by the Federal Ministry of Defense
Credit: BMVg
  • Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Müller
    Ex­ec­u­tive Board Rep­re­sen­ta­tive De­fence and Se­cu­ri­ty Re­search
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tion De­fence and Se­cu­ri­ty Re­search
    Telephone: +49 2203 601 5025
    Rutherfordstraße 2
    12489 Berlin

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