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The German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Braunschweig and its around 1170 highly-qualified scientists and engineers conduct research in the fields of aeronautics, transport, space and energy. The DLR Institute of Flight Guidance is based here.
DLR_School_Lab TV: Tobi takes off!
The lively moderator Tobi over the DLR site in Braunschweig in a gyrocopter. How is it even possible for such heavy machines to take off and fly? And how is air traffic actually monitored by air traffic controllers? Questions that Tobi pursues - all clearly explained.
CORUS-XUAM: Operating air taxis safely in urban airspace (2023)
Flight tests are essential for designing and testing realistic unmanned aircraft system traffic management (UTM) for uncrewed air transport. To this end, a large-scale demonstration has taken place in November 2022 within the framework of the EU project CORUS-XUAM at the National Test Center for Unmanned Aerial Systems of the German Aerospace Center.
SpaceTracks: Automated coordination of rocket launches with air and maritime transport (2022)
The Institute of Flight Guidance is setting up a Launch Coordination Center (LCC) to show how a large number of launches and re-entries of spacecrafts can be safely and flexibly coordinated with air transport and maritime navigation activities in the future.
Development of a multimodular simulation infrastructure (2022)
In the iUSIM project, three DLR institutes use rescue mobility as an example to demonstrate the synergies that result from joint cooperation and the potential that coupling simulators holds.
Validation of speech recognition for relieve of tower controllers (2022)
SESAR 3 JU member, DLR together with air traffic controllers from AustroControl and Oro Navigacija recently validated an assistant-based speech recognition system to support controllers working in future multiple remote tower centres.
Controlling multiple airports from one control centre (2022)
At the end of 2021 DLR and Frequentis set up a remote tower centre prototype in SESAR project PJ05-W2 DTT from which Lithuanian and Polish air traffic controllers provided aerodrome traffic services to a total of 15 simulated airports.
Projekt City-ATM – Sichere Integration von Drohnen im urbanen Umfeld (2022)
Für das Fundament eines zukünftigen Luftraummanagements im urbanen Raum, in dem neue und konventionelle Luftverkehrsteilnehmer sicher gemeinsam operieren, führte das DLR das Projekt City-ATM durch. Das Video zeigt alle drei Phasen des Ende 2021 abgeschlossenen Projekts.
Autonomous drone operations in dense traffic in City-ATM Phase 3 (2022)
In the third and finale phase of the City-ATM project, traffic scenarios were tested in which a large number of differently equipped drones are operated together and without conflict in one airspace. The tests were carried out with real and virtual drones at Cochstedt Airport.
Drone operations and hazards in City-ATM Phase 2 (2020)
In phase 2 of the City-ATM project, complex flight tests with several drones were carried out at the National Experimental Test Center in Cochstedt in autumn 2020. This demonstrated in an exemplary manner how several drones can be safely handled in the event of sudden hazards and emergencies in an urban environment.
Remote AFIS/UNICOM – Support small airfields through remote tower (2020)
The costs of modern remote tower systems can exceed the financial possibilities of very small airfields. Together with students from RWTH Aachen and Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, the Institute has investigated whether a simplified, particularly cost-effective remote tower setup would be sufficient.
Multiple Remote Tower Video (2020)
How can you make running smaller airports more cost efficient? One smart way is through the implementation of the SESAR Multiple Remote Tower solutions. Have a look how it works in the animated explainer video.
In the EU project DRIVER+, DLR provided real-time aerial images in a disaster control exercise in Eisenerz/Austria in order to provide crucial support for situation recording and rescue logistics of disasters in the future.
Integrated Airports Operations Video (2019)
In the SESAR Integrated Airport Operations (IAO) project, Very Large Scale Demonstrations were carried out at three airports to demonstrate the benefits of Air Traffic Management solutions developed in the SESAR programme.
Total Airport Management Video (2019)
Collaboratively and quickly overcoming airport crises is key in air traffic management! In the SESAR 2020 Total Airport Management (PJ.04) project, DLR and its partners are working to ensure that airports operate smoothly during exceptional circumstances like severe weather events.
City-ATM Video (2019)
Parcel-delivery drones, air taxis and uncrewed inspection aircraft will to fly over cities and interact with one another in the future. To deal with the question of how a future airspace management system for unmanned and manned airspace users, especially operations in urban areas could look like, the German Aerospace Center has started the City-ATM Project.
MaRPAS – Maritimer RPAS-Betrieb (2019)
To quickly get an overview of any potentially dangerous situation for maritime routes is vital. Unmanned aircraft taking off directly from a ship could help here in the future. The Maritime RPAS Operation project (MaRPAS) has researched the application possibilities and conditions for the use of such aircraft at sea.
Remote Tower for Multiple Airports (2019)
Within the European research project ‘PJ05 Remote Tower for Multiple Airports’ DLR researchers and their international partners (Frequentis AG, Leonardo Germany GmbH, HungaroControl, and Oro Navigacija) have carried out simulations to investigate how a single air traffic controller can control not just one, but multiple airports.
ALAADy – Automated Low Altitude Air Delivery Video (2018)
Unmanned cargo aircraft: researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are developing new technologies for safe, flexible and economical freight delivery. They are analyzing different aircraft and their potential for automation.
UFO – Unmanned Freight Operations Video (2017)
The importance of unmanned aircraft for civil applications is steadily increasing. It is to be expected that cargo aircraft of the future will also be unmanned on long-haul flights. DLR's Unmanned Freight Operations (UFO) project is focused on integrating these aircraft into the air traffic system.
Airport Performance Monitoring and Management Validation Video (2016)
The DLR Institute of Flight Guidance, together with international Partners, conducts research on the concept of a new jointly operated Airport Operations Centre (APOC). Such a control centre has the potential for enabling airports and all participants to respond much better to disruptions of future flight operations.
A-PiMod Video (2016)
A novel approach to adaptive automation is needed and it must be applicable for real-time operations. Automation should be seen as a partner in the global endeavour of flying the aircraft with the human crew; they should adapt to each other and to the context, aiming at maintaining safety at all times as a team. Project A-PiMod seeks to achieve that.
DRIVER Video (2015)
There are many types of disasters, both man-made and natural, that crisis management professionals have to deal with today. DRIVER is a unique multi-national project, working across many sectors, looking to find ways to implement a new approach to improving crisis management in Europe.
DeSIRE Video (2012)
Reliably monitoring extensive areas of the sea is a major challenge for the coastguard and emergency relief services. In DeSIRE (Demonstration of Satellites Enabling the Insertion of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in Europe), the DLR simulated experimental unmanned flights over the Mediterranean and showed that the interaction with regular air traffic would work properly.
WFF – Follow The Green Video (2010)
WFF (Competitive Airport) was a joint undertaking involving 14 partners within the scope of the fourth aviation research program of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. In the sub-projekt Roll:MOPS for the first time a full range of „Follow-The-Green“ systems and procedures have been validated in simulation at the DLR Air Traffic Validation Center and in field trials at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in 2009.
EMMA2 Video (2009)
Based on the EMMA project the subsequent A-SMGCS project EMMA2 (European Airport Movement Management by A-SMGCS, Part 2) aimed at maturing and validating the A-SMGCS concept as an integrated air-ground system, seamlessly embedded in the overall ATM system.
EMMA Video (2006)
Airport capacity is expected to become the major bottleneck in the future. The European project EMMA (European Airport Movement Management by A-SMGCS) has been dedicated to the testing and validation of traffic detection and runway monitoring by means of an Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS).
BETA Video (2002)
The European project BETA evaluated the operational benefits of an Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) through installations and tests with controllers and pilots at three real airports.
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