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.

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)
Linder Höhe
51147 Cologne

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Michel Winand

Corporate Communications Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Jülich, Rheinbach and Sankt Augustin
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Corporate Communications
Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne
Tel: +49 2203 601-2144

Dr. rer. nat. Melanie von der Wiesche

Lead Site Management Cologne, Bonn, Jü­lich, Aa­chen, Aa­chen-Merz­brück, Rhein­bach and Sankt Au­gus­tin
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne