June 10, 2024 | Franco-German research cooperation

DLR and ONERA celebrate 25 years of cooperation

Here's to another 25 years of cooperation: signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between DLR and ONERA
From left: Bruno Sainjon (Chairman and CEO of ONERA), Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla (Chair of the DLR Executive Board), Markus Fischer, (DLR Divisional Board Member for Aeronautics).
  • DLR and the French research organisation ONERA have been working together successfully for 25 years.
  • The two organisations celebrated their successful cooperation at ILA Berlin.
  • On 5 June 2024 senior management from both entities signed a Memorandum of Understanding for further cooperation.

At this year's ILA Berlin Air Show, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the French aerospace research organisation ONERA (Office nationale d'etudes et de recherches aérospatiales) celebrated 25 years of collaboration. Directors from both organisations came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 5 June in an effort to continue and expand this successful relationship.

"Franco-German cooperation is alive and well and continues to develop in the field of research. Together, our two countries are working on technologies and topics that will significantly shape our future, and DLR's cooperation with ONERA is an important aspect of this," explained Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the DLR Executive Board.

"On behalf of ONERA, I am delighted to sign an MoU that will allow us to continue to build on what we already have, to expand our collaboration – as we did in 2019 with the concepts for new launchers for example – and to come together in cooperative frameworks such as Clean Aviation, EREA, ESRE, IFAR and the annual ODAS conference, a major event in the science calendar," added Bruno Sainjon, Chairman and CEO of ONERA.

ONERA is France's key player in aeronautics and space research. With extensive expertise in aeronautics, space and defence, the research institution works on the challenges of tomorrow and makes a significant contribution to the competitiveness of the French and European aerospace industry. Its multidisciplinary technological contribution to the major civil and military aerospace programmes in France and Europe makes ONERA a valuable cooperation partner.

Since its inception, helicopter development has been one of the focal points of the cooperation between DLR and ONERA. Other topics have quickly followed, including transport aircraft, measurement methods and techniques, and materials testing. DLR and ONERA researchers are also working together on future topics such as climate-compatible aviation, innovative launch and propulsion technologies for spaceflight and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for aerospace. The two entities will continue to jointly organise scientific symposia, fund projects and participate in European tenders, alongside enabling employees to gain new perspectives through exchanges and intensifying the general scientific and technical dialogue.

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