In Cologne, DLR is active in the research fields of aeronautics, space, transport, energy and security. The backbone of research and development is formed by large-scale research facilities such as wind tunnels, engine and material test stands and a high-flux density solar furnace.
The Cologne site is also home to the DLR Executive Board and the central administration. DLR's Technology Transfer Department, which forms the interface between research and industry, is based here, as is the Quality and Product Assurance Department.
The 55-hectare site, which was opened in 1959, is home to DLR's research and central facilities as well as the European Space Agency's (ESA) Astronaut Centre (EAC). Europe's most modern wind tunnel, the European Transonic Wind Tunnel (ETW), is located in the immediate vicinity, as is Cologne/Bonn Airport.
DLR employs around 1500 people in Cologne. As a recognised training facility, it offers industrial-technical and commercial training as well as student and professional internships. It supervises diploma theses and qualifies scientists through doctoral studies. The DLR_School_Lab in Cologne is an extracurricular place of learning where young people can experiment independently and gain insights into everyday research.
DLR in Cologne
German Aerospace Center (DLR)