Data-Link Station

The Data-Link Station at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Institute of Flight Guidance in Braunschweig provides a bidirectional, high-frequency connection between a ground station and various flight-testing platforms and ground vehicles.

Data link for the transfer of information between the ground and the air

The Data-Link Station large-scale facility enables the wireless transfer of a wide variety of data types (audio, video, control and avionics data, as well as flight navigation data and weather data) to and from test platforms with a high degree of interference immunity. A 30-metre antenna tower is the distinctive centrepiece of this DLR facility.

The facility is supplemented by a satellite-assisted precision landing system for aircraft, referred to as a Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS). Among other things, this test facility is used to research precision approach procedures based on satellite navigation data.

These facilities are part of the DLR's Air Traffic Validation Center, which provides scientists with the necessary tools to test and evaluate new ideas and technologies for all areas of air traffic management.


Volker Speelmann

Head of Research Infrastructures
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Executive Board department for Innovation, Transfer and Research Infrastructure
Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne

Ingo Jessen

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Flight Guidance
ATM Simulation
Lilienthalplatz 7, 38108 Braunschweig