At its site in Lampoldshausen, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) hosts expertise that is unique within Europe for the development and operation of rocket engine test stands. Over the last 60 years, the Institute of Space Propulsion, which is based in Lampoldshausen and now employs approximately 340 members of staff, has developed into a key partner for the European space industry.
Working for European spaceflight
With the Ariane launcher family, Europe is able to put satellites into orbit for a wide range of applications using its own resources, thus securing competitive and independent access to space. The engine test stands at the Lampoldshausen site are an essential part of efforts to develop propulsion system technologies to the point where they are ready for use; they are also essential for ensuring their quality. For example, with its P4.1 altitude simulation test stand, DLR is playing a vital role in the development of upper-stage engines. Researchers can conduct tests here by simulating the environmental conditions and flight loads to which the engines will later be subjected as realistically as possible.
Overview of research areas
Alongside the development and operation of engine test stands, DLR researchers are also studying technologies for advanced future space propulsion systems, using the P8 research and technology test stand. Their research focuses on the injection of propellant components, their mixing and combustion, the expansion of hot gases in the engine nozzle and the thermal stresses on combustion chamber structure. Gaining a better understanding of these processes is a basic prerequisite for optimising the design of future engines.
DLR Lampoldshausen within the region – the Technology Transfer Centre
In November 2000, the Technology Transfer Centre (Technologie-Transfer-Zentrum; TTZ) was jointly founded by DLR, regional business development agencies, the Heilbronn Chamber of Commerce, the Heilbronn Chamber of Trade and Hardthausen Municipal Council. DLR hopes that the TTZ will provide regional businesses, in particular, with a forum for feeding the results of research into industry. After all, many of the topics studied as part of fundamental research at Lampoldshausen will also be of interest to other economic sectors. Efficient transfer of knowledge and technological developments from aerospace to industrial production mean that research also pays off in the form of economic growth. The TTZ facilitates such transfers by holding seminars, colloquia and conferences.
Institutes and facilities on site
- Institute of Space Propulsion
- Institute of Technical Physics (outstation)
- DLR_School_Lab Lampoldshausen / Stuttgart
- Technology Transfer Centre (TTZ)