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  • DLR%2dStandort Göttingen
    DLR site in Göttingen

    Aerial view of the DLR site in Göttingen.

  • Kabinenströmung in Forschungsflugzeug Do 728
    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.

  • Erstes Flugzeug mit Pfeilflügeln: Ju 287
    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 %2d Vater der modernen Aerodynamik
    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.

  • Transsonischer Windkanal Göttingen
    Transonic Wind Tunnel Göttingen

    The Transonic Wind Tunnel Göttingen (TWG) is used for the exploration of future space vehicles, aircraft and helicopters

  • Von Vögeln lernen
    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

  • Zug der Zukunft %2d Next Generation Train
    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.

  • Zylinder voll Weltraum
    Zylinder voll Weltraum

    In der Simulationsanlage für Treibstrahlen werden unter Weltraumbedingungen die Abgase von Satellitentriebwerken untersucht.

  • Strömungssichtbarmachung bei Tunneldurchfahrt
    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

Last modified:
17/01/2012 14:58:43



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Block
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) - German Aerospace Center

Sitemanagement Braunschweig, Göttingen, Trauen

Tel.: +49 531 295-2100

Fax: +49 531 295-12100
Jens Wucherpfennig
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Tel.: +49 551 709-2108

Fax: +49 551 709-12108