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The unique infrastructure of DLR's Lampoldshausen site for research, development and testing of European liquid rocket propulsion systems is one of the key fields of the future. DLR in Lampoldshausen looks back on 60 years of experience as a European research and test center and is building up expertise in the fields of thrust chamber technologies, advanced green propellants and technology transfer, among others.
The future of the European launcher family and the future of the DLR site are closely linked: The new P5.2 upper stage test stand at DLR in Lampoldshausen and the expansion of upper stage expertise represent just two of the current projects at the site.
At its Lampoldshausen site, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has expertise in the development and operation of rocket engine test stands that is unique in Europe.
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Adense forest almost conceals the entrance. Individual buildings can be seen through the greenery. The trees rustle. Suddenly, a deafening, thunderous roar breaks the silence. A short while later, a white cloud of steam rises above the canopy of leaves. The roar is over just minutes later, and the birds resume their singing as though nothing has
happened. They seem to be familiar with the hustle and bustle of the Harthausen Forest. DLR’s Lampoldshausen site is located 18 kilometres north of Heilbronn, in northern BadenWürttemberg, Germany. The propulsion systems that will launch future rockets into space have been tested here for over 60 years.