DLR Göt­tin­gen

Aerial view of the DLR site in Göttingen.
DLR site in Göt­tin­gen
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DLR site in Göttingen

Aeri­al view of the DLR site in Göt­tin­gen.
Cabin flow in the Dornier Do 728 research aircraft
Cab­in flow in the Dornier Do 728 re­search air­craft
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Cabin flow in the Dornier Do 728 research aircraft

At DLR Göt­tin­gen, the air flow in the air­craft cab­in is made vis­i­ble with laser and fog par­ti­cles. The main obe­jc­tive of these stud­ies are to in­crease pas­sen­ger com­fort.
Model of Junkers 287
First air­craft with swept wings: Junkers 287
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First aircraft with swept wings: Junkers 287

The world's first air­craft with swept wings, the Junkers 287, flew for the first time in 1944 as a pro­to­type. The for­ward-swept wings have on­ly been tak­en up again on­ly re­cent­ly. Here, a mod­el is shown in a wind tun­nel of the Aero­dy­nam­ics Re­search In­sti­tute in Göt­tin­gen.
Ludwig Prandtl
Lud­wig Prandtl - Fa­ther of mod­ern aero­dy­nam­ics
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Ludwig Prandtl - Father of modern aerodynamics

Lud­wig Prandtl is to­day con­sid­ered one of the key found­ing fa­thers of in­sti­tu­tion­alised aerospace re­search. When he found­ed the Mod­el­lver­such­sanstalt für Aero­dy­namik der Mo­tor­luftschiff-Stu­di­enge­sellschaft (In­sti­tute for test­ing of aero­dy­nam­ic mod­els of the pow­ered air­ship so­ci­ety) which would lat­er be­come the Aero­dy­namis­chen Ver­such­sanstalt, (In­sti­tute for Aero­dy­nam­ic Test­ing) or AVA, a pre­cur­sor of the mod­ern day Ger­man Aerospace Cen­tre (DLR) in 1907 in Göt­tin­gen, he was lay­ing the foun­da­tions of mod­ern aero­dy­nam­ic re­search.
Transonic Wind Tunnel
Tran­son­ic Wind Tun­nel Göt­tin­gen
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Transonic Wind Tunnel Göttingen

The Tran­son­ic Wind Tun­nel Göt­tin­gen (TWG) is used for the ex­plo­ration of fu­ture space ve­hi­cles, air­craft and he­li­copters.
A barn owl in an experimental setting
Learn­ing from birds
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Learning from birds

DLR, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­si­ty and the Ger­man Armed Forces Uni­ver­si­ty in Mu­nich is study­ing the vari­a­tion in the shape of barn owl wings dur­ing flight
Next Generation Train
Next Gen­er­a­tion Train
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Next Generation Train

To make rail­way trains faster and more eco­nom­i­cal, their shape is de­ci­sive­ly im­por­tant. Two new re­search fa­cil­i­ties at the Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR) in Göt­tin­gen are in­volved in de­vel­op­ing the aero­dy­nam­i­cal­ly op­ti­mum shape for fu­ture rail ve­hi­cles.
Simulationsanlage für Treibstrahlen
Zylin­der voll Wel­traum
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Zylinder voll Weltraum

In der Sim­u­la­tion­san­lage für Treib­strahlen wer­den unter Wel­traumbe­din­gun­gen die Ab­gase von Satel­li­ten­trieb­w­erken un­ter­sucht.
Tunnel simulation
The tun­nel sim­u­la­tion fa­cil­i­ty at DLR Göt­tin­gen
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The tunnel simulation facility at DLR Göttingen

The tun­nel sim­u­la­tion fa­cil­i­ty at DLR Göt­tin­gen is the on­ly one of its kind in the world. Be­fore they en­ter the ex­per­i­men­tal Plex­i­glas tun­nel, a 'cat­a­pult' can ac­cel­er­ate the mod­el trains to speeds of up to 400 kilo­me­tres per hour on the 60-me­tre-long test track.

The main activities of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) sites Göttingen and Braunschweig are aviation and traffic engineering. DLR Göttingen employs more than 400 experts in the foundation- and application-oriented field of aviation research. DLR continues the tradition of the Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DFL), founded in 1936, with the Braunschweig Research Airport which employs about 1000 highly-qualified employees.


High-performance ground and test flight carriers and flying simulators, air traffic simulation facilities, wind tunnels in the European DNW foundation (German-Dutch Wind Tunnels), mobile rotor test stands and test stands for material and noise tests are available for experimental research. Together with the french Aeronautics and Space Research Center ONERA, DLR Göttingen operates the largest mobile ground vibration test facility in Europe.

Test equipment for extremely sophisticated, experimental technology is manufactured in highly modern workshops of the Model Building Center. An independent airworthiness office for aviation equipment guarantees a safe and reliable operation of the complex testing facilities in the surface aircraft and helicopters of the research flight operations in Braunschweig. The certified railway laboratory provides DLR with the competence to help partners in the industry with the certification of their system components. For example, DLR consults users in the application of composite fiber technologies and new materials for all possible areas of application in the industry.

Focal points of the covered subject areas are

improvement of the dynamic aircraft behavior and the operational safety of aircraft and helicopters
increase in the performance, safety and reliability of air, road and railway traffic
intelligent assistance systems for human operators of air and ground traffic
development of design processes for low-resistance and quiet air equipment
development and realisation of adaptable, damage-resistant and cost-efficient, high-performance structures for aerospace and ground traffic
DLR sites Göttingen and Braunschweig cooperate closely with the University of Göttingen, TU Braunschweig and other research establishments and in networks like Measurement Valley.

Institutes and establishments at the site

  • Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology
  • Institute of Aeroelasticity
  • Institute of Propulsion Technology
  • Technology marketing
  • German-Dutch Windtunnels
  • DLR_School_Lab Göttingen
  • Mark Schmidt
    Head of the Sites Braun­schweig, Cochst­edt, Göt­tin­gen, Han­nover, Stade and Trauen
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 531 295-2100
    Lilienthalplatz 7
    38108 Braunschweig
  • Jens Wucherpfennig
    Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Göt­tin­gen and Hanover
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    Pub­lic Af­fairs and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
    Telephone: +49 551 709-2108
    Fax: +49 551 709-12108
    Bunsenstraße 10
    37073 Göttingen

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