National and International Involvement

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DLR’s aeronautics research has connections to networks across Germany, Europe and the world. Through numerous collaborations and agreements, DLR cooperates closely with partners to shape the air transport system of the future. In many aspects of aeronautics research, DLR plays a leading role – nationally and internationally.

Government and authorities: On behalf of the Federal German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, BMWi), DLR implements the German aeronautical research programme in cooperation with other Federal Ministries. DLR provides support to national regulatory authorities such as the German Federal Aviation Office (Luftfahrtbundesamt, LBA) on issues concerning the development of standards. DLR also contributes at the European level by collaborating with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and at a global level by contributing to the work of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). In Clean Sky 2, the large-scale European aeronautics research programme initiated by the European Commission, DLR heads the Technology Evaluator and contributes to numerous important research projects.

Industry and economy: In the aviation industry, two longterm trends can be identified in addition to increasing internationalisation: Manufacturers are gradually withdrawing from fundamental research – and in some areas even from applied research. Moreover, the major aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, are progressively transferring development and production risks of entire subsystems to suppliers who are increasingly gaining in importance for DLR. Apart from manufacturers of aircraft and engines, airports and airlines, as well as air navigation service providers, for instance, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH are important business partners who require advanced technology and innovative concepts. DLR’s intensive and various forms of collaboration with the aviation and air transport industries are reflected in a large number of research contracts.

Research institutions and universities: Due to its many locations in Germany, DLR is particularly well integrated into a scientific network. Numerous universities and research institutions are engaged in an intensive exchange with DLR which acts as a mediator and driver of joint research projects. The focus of DLR’s activities is application-oriented fundamental research fulfilling a bridging function between universities and industry. At the European level, DLR cooperates very closely with the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium, NLR), the French Aeronautics, Space and Defense Research Lab (Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales, ONERA), and the Italian Aerospace Research Centre (Centro Italiano di Ricerche Aerospaziali, CIRA). Internationally, major partners include NASA in the USA, JAXA in Japan and TsAGI in the Russian Federation.

Special interest groups and associations: Within Germany, DLR has been traditionally closely linked to the German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DGLR). At the European level, DLR was a founding member of the Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics (EREA). Moreover, DLR plays an important part in developing strategic concepts for tomorrow’s aviation in the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE). Internationally, DLR has a leading role in the International Forum of Aviation Research (IFAR) together with partners, such as NASA and JAXA.

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12/12/2018 10:39:42