Air­bus A320 Ad­vanced Tech­nol­o­gy Re­search Air­craft (D-ATRA)

Laminar flow research with ATRA
Lam­i­nar flow re­search with ATRA
Image 1/4, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Laminar flow research with ATRA

Lam­i­nar flow re­search with ATRA at a flight al­ti­tude of 15 me­tres dur­ing low-lev­el over­flights.
Arrival of the A320 ATRA
Ar­rival of the A320 ATRA
Image 2/4, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Arrival of the A320 ATRA

Ar­rival of the A320 ATRA in Berlin for ILA 2018.
Re­search air­craft A320 ATRA
Re­search air­craft A320 ATRA
Image 3/4, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Re­search air­craft A320 ATRA

DLR's largest re­search air­craft A320 ATRA – view from be­low.
Noise protection hall
Noise pro­tec­tion hall
Image 4/4, Credit: © DLR. All rights reserved

Noise protection hall

ATRA in the noise pro­tec­tion hall at the Lufthansa Tech­nik fa­cil­i­ty in Ham­burg. Noise re­search was con­duct­ed dur­ing a num­ber of en­gine test runs.

The Airbus A320-Advanced Technology Research Aircraft (ATRA) is operated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Flight Experiments facility in Braunschweig; it is the largest member of DLR’s fleet. The aircraft acts as a research platform for various DLR institutes and can also be used by the European aviation industry for research and development projects. The airliner is designed to investigate various areas, such as aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, flight management, and energy and noise-optimised approach procedures.

Largest fleet member and highly versatile

The Airbus A320-ATRA is the largest research aircraft operated by DLR. The combination of a flexibly deployable research infrastructure and a commercial airliner makes the facility unique.

In addition to an experimental interface for a wide range of aircraft parameters, users can carry out almost any experiment-specific modifications to the aircraft and thus, with the support of DLR’s own development facility, optimally prepare the aircraft for their experiments.

The large-scale A320-ATRA facility is used for experimental purposes in the European aviation industry; research is focused on making commercial aircraft safer, more efficient, more environmentally friendly and more comfortable.

A key benefit of the A320-ATRA is that it enables the implementation of research concepts devised by DLR institutes. From the point of view of those institutes, the aircraft acts as a valuable interface between the European aviation industry and research.

Contact
  • Volker Speelmann
    Head of Cen­tral Ex­pen­di­ture Man­age­ment
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4103
    Fax: +49 2203 601 4115
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
    Contact
  • Martin Gestwa
    Head of Flight Fa­cil­i­ty Braun­schweig
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Flight Ex­per­i­ments
    Telephone: +49 531 295-2240
    Lilienthalplatz 7
    38108 Braunschweig
    Contact
  • Burkhard Wigger
    Head of De­part­ment
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Flight Ex­per­i­ments
    Man­age­ment
    Telephone: +49 531 295 2930
    Lilienthalplatz 7
    38108 Braunschweig
    Contact

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