The DLR site in Lampoldshausen

DLR Lampoldshausen

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  • Einstieg in die LOX/Methan%2dTechnologie
    Introduction to LOX / methane technology

    A fuel combination comprising methane and liquid oxygen has an auspicious role to play in the development of new liquid rocket fuels for space. Already in 2016, extensive tests of a technology demonstrator took place at the DLR Lampoldshausen in cooperation with Airbus Safran Launchers. The LOX / methane technology is characterised by its re-usability and is more cost-effective than conventional engine technologies.

  • Vulcain2
    Vulcain 2

    In May 2004 the Ariane 5 ECA Vulcain 2 engine underwent tests at DLR's test facilities at Lampoldshausen in Germany.

  • ESA%2dPrüfstände P4 und P5 beim DLR Lampoldshausen
    Altitude simulation test rig P4.1

    The altitude simulation test rig P4.1, a complex system for testing the Vinci cryogenic restartable upper stage engine. Engineers at the DLR Institute of Space Propulsion have already demonstrated their skills in the field of engine testing under different altitude conditions during successful test campaigns conducted between 2005 and 2008.

  • Raumfahrt für Jugendliche %2d das DLR_School_Lab in Lampoldshausen
    DLR_School_Lab Lampoldshausen

    DLR_School_Lab Lampoldshausen

  • Aerodynamische Modellversuche an fortschrittlichen Düsen
    Aerodynanic model tests of advanced jets

    Aerodynanic model tests of advanced jets

The DLR site at Lampoldshausen, which employs some 230 staff, was founded in 1959 by space pioneer Professor Eugen Sänger to act as a test site for liquid rocket engines. The site went into operation in 1962.

In January 2002 the DLR facility at Lampoldshausen, which is home to all research activities and experiments relating to rocket test beds, was officially named the Institute of Space Propulsion.
The Institute's ongoing research work focuses on fundamental research into the combustion processes in liquid rocket engines and air-breathing engines for future space transport systems. The Institute is also concerned with the use of ceramic fibre materials in rocket combustion chambers and the development and application of laser measurement processes for high-temperature gas flows. One of DLR's key roles in Lampoldshausen is to plan, build and operate test beds for space propulsion systems on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and in collaboration with the European space industry. DLR has built up a level of expertise in the development and operation of altitude simulation systems for upper-stage propulsion systems that is unique in Europe.

As part of the Ariane 5 Plus programme, for example (a joint programme operated by ESA and the French space research agency CNES), DLR Lampoldshausen was tasked with building the P4.1 altitude simulation test bed. Lampoldshausen was also responsible for performing development tests on the future upper-stage propulsion system VINCI.

In November 2000 the Technology Transfer Centre (TTZ) was founded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), regional business development agencies, the Heilbronn Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Heilbronn Chamber of Trade and the district of Hardthausen. The aim of the new centre was to exploit the expertise in various disciplines available from DLR in Lampoldshausen to help companies locate and develop in the area.

Key areas of research

  • Development of altitude simulation systems for rocket test beds
  • Development of propulsion supply systems
  • Development of exhaust control systems and research into the reduction of noise pollution caused by exhaust jets
  • Research into supersonic nozzle, diffuser and ejector technology
  • Development of sub-systems for the integration of special measurement technology
  • Planning, application and also some development of optical measurement technology and components
  • Identification of heat transfer and ignition processes using CFD simulations
  • The nozzles section carries out fundamental research into supersonic flows
  • Propulsion tests

Institutes and establishments at the site

  • Institute of Space Propulsion
  • External office of the Institute for Technical Physics

Last modified:
17/01/2012 15:06:54



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Schlechtriem
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Head, DLR Institute of Space Propulsion

Tel.: +49 6298 28-203

Fax: +49 6298 28-190