What are planes going to look like in the future? How can train accidents be avoided? What requirements do air traffic controllers and pilots have to meet? How does a helicopter fly? How can traffic noise be reduced? You can find answers to these and other interesting questions at DLR_School_Lab Braunschweig. For one exciting day you yourselves carry out the research.
On a tour of DLR research aircraft in Braunschweig. Credit: DLR/Rebecca Marienhagen
Today's research benefits our future life! One of the primary goals is better management of our planet and its available resources, which require careful use: DLR is making an important contribution in Braunschweig. For example, we are investigating how airplanes can manage in the future with less kerosene than they require today. And improving the aerodynamics of aircraft and using new, lightweight materials for their construction help to reduce fuel consumption even further. The noise caused by aviation is also a subject of our research. How can it be reduced in order to lessen the burden on people living near airports?
In order to further increase aviation safety, we want to provide air traffic controllers and pilots with innovative instruments and assistance systems. Safety is also a topic for road traffic. DLR is developing and testing new assistance systems for tomorrow's "intelligent cars" which can warn tomorrow's drivers about dangerous situations, thus avoiding accidents.
DLR_School_Lab in Braunschweig investigates many topics related to transportation: whether on the road, rails, or in the air. In various experiments, school classes can acquaint themselves with the research topics being studied at the science institutes at DLR Braunschweig.
Kurs Zukunft: im Flugsimulator spannende Forschung hautnah erleben! Bild: DLR
Acoustic research, flight mechanics, aerodynamics: fascinating projects and interesting job profiles lie in wait behind these technical terms. Informally, but with expert guidance, today's students become for a day the next generation of researchers. Are you thinking of a career as a pilot or air traffic controller? You can learn about these and many other high-tech professions at the appropriate experiment stations and test your abilities, for example in flight simulators.
Perhaps you are interested in learning how to become a DLR researcher, or about what a scientist does in the course of a typical day, or what subjects you have to excel in to be able to do the same. Our scientists and graduate students look forward to your questions and are ready to help you conduct your experiments!