DLR Hamburg-Finkenwerder at the ZAL TechCenter
DLR Ham­burg-Finken­werder at the ZAL Tech­Cen­ter
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DLR Hamburg-Finkenwerder at the ZAL TechCenter

DLR has been lo­cat­ed in the Cen­ter of Ap­plied Aero­nau­ti­cal Re­search (ZAL) in Ham­burg Finken­werder since 2017.
DLR Hamburg-Groß Borstel
DLR Ham­burg-Groß Bors­tel
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DLR Hamburg-Groß Borstel

The De­part­ment of Avi­a­tion and Space Psy­chol­o­gy at the DLR In­sti­tute of Aerospace Medicine has been lo­cat­ed in Ham­burg since 1955.
DLR Hamburg-Harburg
DLR Ham­burg-Har­burg
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DLR Hamburg-Harburg

The In­sti­tute of Air Trans­porta­tion Sys­tems at DLR Ham­burg-Har­burg.
More efficient future aircraft
Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion of Aero­nau­tics
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Digitalisation of Aeronautics

Al­ready in the de­sign phase of more ef­fi­cient air­craft, dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion opens up new ways of think­ing about the avi­a­tion sys­tem as a whole in or­der to in­crease its ef­fi­cien­cy and lat­er rev­o­lu­tionise the pre­cise and cost-ef­fec­tive main­te­nance dur­ing op­er­a­tion.

DLR Hamburg-Finkenwerder site at the ZAL TechCenter – aerial view
DLR Ham­burg-Finken­werder site at the ZAL Tech­Cen­ter – aeri­al view
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DLR Hamburg-Finkenwerder site at the ZAL TechCenter – aerial view

DLR leas­es over 1000 square me­tres of space at the Cen­ter for Ap­plied Aero­nau­ti­cal Re­search (ZAL). DLR makes a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to­wards re­search in­to the dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion of avi­a­tion from here.

DLR and its predecessor organisations have had a presence in Hamburg since the 1950s. This DLR site has grown in stature over recent years. With the establishment of two institutes that make a significant contribution towards digitalisation in aviation in 2017, Hamburg became the world's third largest aviation centre in the world, with four DLR institutes and a research group located in different sites in the districts of Finkenwerder, Groß Borstel and Harburg. Their various research activities are integrated into the overall DLR network, national and international research ventures, and collaborations with industry.

Aeronautics research

The Institute of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul and the Institute of System Architectures in Aeronautics form essential building blocks in research towards the digitalisation of aviation.

The Institute of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul focuses on the optimisation of technical operations, along with further developing and increasing the efficiency of aircraft in use.

The Institute of System Architectures in Aeronautics is conducting research into the digital design process, new concepts for future aircraft, and their connections with production in the future.

Both institutes are housed in the Center for Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL), of which DLR is a partner. It is also home to the Hamburg-Finkenwerder Energy System Integration research group as an outpost of the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, developing fields of application for fuel cells in aircraft.

The Institute of Air Transportation Systems is based at the Harburg site. Founded in conjunction with the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), the institute examines holistic relationships within aviation and devises concepts for future flight. It is located on the TUHH campus, which is also home to the Hamburg DLR_School_Lab.

Training and youth development

The TU Hamburg DLR_School_Lab gives children and young people the chance to discover the fascinating world of research and technology in a hands-on way. Here pupils can conduct experiments that are directly related to current projects in aviation and shipping. In doing so, they have fun while learning how exciting science and research can be. Visiting the DLR_School_Lab also provides teachers with vital support in putting together modern and varied lessons.

DLR supervises Bachelor’s and Master’s theses and also supports scientists with achieving their PhDs. At its Finkenwerder site, the DLR site in Hamburg also offers a dual degree in Computer Science, with a specialty in Information Technology, in conjunction with Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW).

Hand-picking pilots, air traffic controllers and astronauts

Located in the immediate vicinity of Hamburg Airport, the Aerospace Psychology Department of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine is one of the leading centres of excellence for selecting suitable personnel in the aerospace and shipping sectors. The institute conducts research into innovative methods of determining aptitude for jobs in Hamburg and six other test centres in Switzerland, Indonesia, Jordan and Turkey. All of the work is carried out in close cooperation with airlines, air traffic control operators and space agencies. Every year, the institute carries out over 10,000 psychological aptitude tests at the DLR test centres worldwide.

On-site institutes and facilities

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
c/o ZAL TechCenter
Hein-Saß-Weg 22
21129 Hamburg
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Blohmstraße 20
21079 Hamburg
DLR_School_Lab TU Hamburg
Hamburg University Technology
Building C/D
Am Schwarzenberg Campus 4
21073 Hamburg
German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
Sportallee 54a
22335 Hamburg

  • Lars-Christian Schanz
    Site­m­an­age­ment Bre­men, Bre­mer­haven, Ham­burg and Old­en­burg
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 421 24420-1122
    Fax: +49 421 24420-1120
    Robert-Hooke-Straße 7
    28359 Bremen
  • Jana Hoidis
    Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Bre­men, Bre­mer­haven, Ham­burg and Old­en­burg
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    Pub­lic Af­fairs and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
    Telephone: +49 421 24420-1908
    Am Fallturm 9
    28359 Bremen

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