Locations and offices in Germany and abroad
Earth and Solar System exploration and the provision of knowledge for the conservation of the environment are also areas of significant interest. DLR's portfolio ranges from fundamental and applied research to the development of the preliminary stages of innovative future products. The resulting scientific and technical expertise generated at DLR strengthens Germany as a prime location for industry and technology.
DLR also operates a number of large-scale research facilities, some of which are unique. It uses these for its own projects, but also makes them available to customers and project partners. In addition, DLR supports the development of young scientists, advises politicians and is a driving force in the regions in which its sites are located.
At the DLR sites Aachen and Merzbrück, the Small Aircraft Technology research facility is dedicated to research on the topics of electric flight with a focus on small aircraft and future urban aviation.
At the Aachen-Merzbrück and Aachen sites, DLR's Small Aircraft Technology research facility is dedicated to research on the topics of electric flight with a focus on small aircraft and future urban aviation.
The aircraft of the future should be quieter, consume less fuel and emit fewer exhaust gases. For space applications, materials, technologies and components must also be capable of withstanding maximum loads. This is what the approximately 80 employees of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Augsburg are investigating
Space and transport – these are the main research areas at DLR's Berlin site. The institutes at this location are involved in major missions to observe the Earth, other planets in the Solar System, as well as exoplanets. In the field of transport, scientists are researching mobility concepts for the future.
Bonn is home to the German Space Agency at DLR. It is responsible for planning and implementing German space activities on behalf of the Federal Government. The DLR Projektträger and the Project Management Agency for Aeronautics Research and Technology are also located here.
In order to advance the latest ideas and developments in the fields of aeronautics, transport, space and energy, researchers in Braunschweig have at their disposal road and flight test vehicles, railway laboratories, wind tunnels and more. Rotor test rigs, road and flight simulators and test rigs for materials and noise research are also available.
The research activities conducted at DLR’s site in Bremen focus on space, aeronautics and maritime security. The Bremen site supports the region’s potential for innovation. DLR Bremen’s first institute was founded in 2007. Since then, DLR has been continuously expanding its research topics at this site and has also been represented by the Virtual Product House in the ECOMAT innovation centre since 2019.
At its Bremerhaven site, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is dedicated to protecting infrastructure such as the ports and offshore wind farms necessary for the energy transition, digitalisation, innovative mobility and global networking, from accidents and attacks. Founded in 2017, the DLR Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures is the first of its kind in Europe.
The Brussels office is the central point of contact between the German Aerospace Center and the European Commission, the European Parliament and national and international organisations in Brussels. Its purpose is to support DLR's positioning, its research areas and strategies within the EU, and in particular in the European Research Area.
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are playing an increasingly important role in the civil sector. The DLR National Experimental Test Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems is located in Cochstedt. The necessary capabilities and competencies are concentrated here. The test centre facilitates networking and enables the further development of UAS technologies. It thus plays a pioneering role in the expansion of scientific and economic progress in the field of UAS.
Digitalisation in aeronautics is steadily increasing. In Dresden, scientists are working on virtualisation in the field of aircraft production to accelerate development work and make it safer and more economical.
With its location in the Geesthacht Innovation and Technology Centre (GITZ), DLR is based on the premises of the Helmholtz Centre Hereon. Founded in 2020, the Institute of Maritime Energy Systems became the first DLR research facility to be established in Schleswig-Holstein.
Göttingen is regarded as the cradle of modern aerodynamics. It was here in 1907 that the world’s first national aeronautical research facility was founded. Today, 500 experts work at the DLR site in Göttingen on the aircraft, spacecraft and high-speed trains of the future.
DLR and its preceding organisations have been represented in Hamburg since the 1950s. In recent years, its importance as a DLR site has increased significantly. With the establishment of two new institutes in 2017, which make a significant contribution to digitalisation in aviation, there are now five DLR institutes and an innovation centre for quantum computing based in Hamburg, the third-most important location for aviation in the world. The research activities are integrated into the entire DLR network, into national and international research partnerships and into cooperation with industry.
At DLR's Hanover site, the Institute of Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing focuses primarily on research questions related to the use of quantum technologies and quantum sensors. The aim is to build up competencies for new types of satellite missions, which are also required for satellite-based Earth surveying.
In 2017, DLR founded the Institute for Data Science in Jena to turn Big Data - complex and unstructured data sets - into smart data from which conclusions can be drawn and recommendations for action devised.
The DLR site in Jülich employs around 40 people. Here, the Institute of Solar Research operates the Jülich experimental solar thermal power plant. This test facility aims to make solar thermal power more efficient and cost-effective as well as investigate production methods for solar fuels and the use of solar thermal energy for industrial processes.
The DLR headquarters are located in Cologne. The Executive Board, the central administration, the Technology Marketing department that functions as an interface between research and industry, as well as DLR’s Quality and Product Assurance organisation are all located here. In addition to this, approximately 1600 members of staff are employed across nine research institutes in the fields of aeronautics, space, transport, energy and security.
Making future spaceflight more powerful, more cost-effective and safer with novel propulsion systems and environmentally friendly fuels - that is what around 250 DLR employees are working towards at the Lampoldshausen site. For over 60 years, they have been researching, developing and testing innovative technologies for chemical space propulsion systems on a test bed infrastructure unparalleled in Europe.
Antennas have been in operation in Neustrelitz for over 100 years – since the foundation of the experimental radio station of the Kaiserliches Telegraphenversuchsamt in 1913. Today, around 110 employees work and conduct research here in the fields of space weather, satellite data reception, satellite remote sensing, navigation, as well as maritime transport and safety.
With approximately 2000 employees in 13 scientific facilities, the DLR site in Oberpfaffenhofen is one of the largest research centres in Germany. Here, the areas of focus include participation in space missions, climate research, Earth observation, the development of navigation systems and the further development of robotics technology.
Oldenburg is considered the birthplace of renewable energy research in Germany. Here, DLR develops concepts for the systematic solutions needed to supply energy derived from renewable energy sources in the future. DLR's Oldenburg site also addresses challenges related to automated and autonomous transport systems on roads, railways and waterways.
The Paris office was opened over 30 years ago and stands for many years of Franco-German cooperation. It is DLR’s representative in France and the point of contact and intermediary with French research facilities, institutions and industry. At the heart of Franco-German relations, the office sees itself as a showcase for all of DLR's priority areas, an embassy for DLR employees on site, an advisor on topics relevant to France, and a networker in the service of Franco-German collaboration projects.
As Germany's largest engineering research institution, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) contributes to solving urgent societal problems and promoting Germany as a location for business. This can only be achieved through dialogue between science and society. The Berlin office facilitates DLR’s communication with the German federal and state governments.