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.

The test site in Saxony-Anhalt is accessible to everyone from start-ups to the established aviation industry for research and testing and plays the role of an incubator and enabler for start-ups and SMEs. For certification reasons, all new uncrewed aerial systems must be tested and qualified under real conditions in a controlled environment. In addition, regulations for the operation of unmanned aerial systems must be extensively researched and developed.

DLR in Cochstedt
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Harzstraße 1
39444 Hecklingen

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Jasmin Begli

Corporate Communications Braunschweig, Cochstedt, Stade and Trauen
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Corporate Communications
Lilienthalplatz 7, 38108 Braunschweig
Tel: +49 531 295-2108

Mark Schmidt

Head of the Sites Braunschweig, Cochstedt, Göttingen, Hanover, Stade and Trauen
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Lilienthalplatz 7, 38108 Braunschweig