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Tasks of the Test Facility Department
The Test Facility department is responsible for planning, building and operating test facilities for propulsion systems on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA). It also maintains co-operations with the European space industry (Airbus Safran Launchers).
Since its founding in 1959 by space pioneer, Professor Eugen Sänger, the DLR (German Aerospace Centre) in Lampoldshausen has been testing liquid rocket engines as part of European space programmes. The first large-scale test facilities for development and acceptance tests for the third stage of the initial European EUROPA launcher rocket were built at the 52-ha premises in the mid-1960s.
The rocket test facilities at DLR Lampoldshausen can be divided into two different systems: the first group conducts tests under ambient conditions (sea level tests). The second group uses special altitude systems for rocket aggregates and serves to simulate pressure conditions that really occur during rocket launch (altitude simulation tests).
Today unique test facilities provide the DLR site Lampoldshausen with a full range of test services and capabilities for different requirements. The reliability of these test facilities will contribute to the success of Ariane 6.
The operation of the test facilities and their dedicated supply systems requires a sufficient supply with liquid hydrogen, liquide Oxygen and cooling water.
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