Helmholtz Association

Research Field Aeronautics, Space and Transport

Mobility, information, communication, managing the resources as well as environment and security are decisive factors for the economic, ecological and social development of modern national economics.

Goals

The scientists involved in aeronautics, space and transport research address the major challenges of society in the fields of mobility, information systems, communication, resource management, the environment and safety.

ZoomDer Niedergeschwindigkeits-Windkanal in Braunschweig. Bild: DLR
Der Niedergeschwindigkeits-Windkanal in Braunschweig. Bild: DLR

The scientists involved in aeronautics, space and transport research address the major challenges facing our society in the fields of mobility, information systems, communication, resource management, the environment and safety. They develop concepts and solutions and provide advice for policymakers. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is Germany’s national centre for aeronautics and aerospace research. On behalf of the German government and in its capacity as the German space agency, the DLR is responsible for research within the framework of the national aerospace programme and for Germany’s contribution to the European Space Agency (ESA).


The Helmholtz DLR@UNI Alliance provides a framework for content-based partnerships between universities and selected DLR facilities throughout Germany. At the same time, the DLR works closely with other Helmholtz research centres, particularly in the two areas of energy research and Earth and environmental research.


Furthermore, it collaborates with the private sector, one example being the TAMS project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Together with Siemens and the various medium-sized companies involved in this project, the DLR has demonstrated how costs, emissions, noise and flight delays can be reduced by integrating ground and air-based systems at airports. Close cooperation with industry was also a cornerstone of the E-City Logistics project in the “model regions” of Berlin and Brandenburg. Supported by DHL and the Meyer & Meyer logistics company, this project focused on the pilot use of electric vehicles for urban delivery services.

Outlook

In addition to the ever-evolving implementation of the previous research topics, the scientists in this research field will collaborate with industry on research projects devoted to aircraft simulation, next-generation rail-based vehicles and the development of robots. In mid-2011, the DLR established an internal maritime safety research group in order to pool and expand research at the various DLR institutes. The activities in this area are supported by a positively evaluated portfolio proposal “R&D and Real-Time Services for Maritime Safety” and are coordinated with the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Research Programmes


Aeronautics

Goals of the programme are an increased capacity of the air transport system, greater cost-effectiveness, the reduction of aircraft noise and harmful emissions, the enhanced attractiveness for passengers and higher safety standards.

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Space

The programme’s research topics include Earth observation, communications and navigation, space exploration, research under space conditions, space transport, space systems technology and robotics.

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Transport

The scientists in the transport programme aim to develop a modern transport system for people and goods that is sustainable over the long term from an economic, ecological and social perspective.

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The Programmes in the Funding Period 2013-2018

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the only Helmholtz centre in the field of aeronautics, space and transport research.

Scientists conduct research and collaborate in the following three programmes:

Research Programmes


Aeronautics

Scientists in DLR aeronautics research work on increasing the performance capability and economy of the air transport system, on reducing flight noise and harmful emissions and on guaranteeing safety. These goals are also targeted within the scope of European collaboration.

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Space

Space research in Germany means R&D to provide direct benefits to the public and, simultaneously, inspiration for the future. In the Helmholtz programme Space, scientists observe the system earth, its processes and changes, they explore the solar system...

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Transport

The currently existing traffic system is largely overloaded and faces increasing difficulties absorbing the rising amount of traffic. This chronic overload increasingly jeopardises the competitiveness of the German and European economy...

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Involved Helmholtz Centre

German Aerospace Centre

Insights into Research Field Aeronautics, Space and Transport

Here, we present projects currently being carried out by scientists at the Helmholtz Centres.

Insights into Research Field Aeronautics, Space and Transport

Contact

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Research field coordinator Aeronautics, Space and Transport

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Linder Höhe
[Porz-Wahnheide]
51147 Köln

Postal address:
51170 Köln

Phone: +49 2203 601-4201
Fax: +49 2203 928-847
carmen.rothe (at) dlr.de
www.dlr.de


Olaf Kranz

Research Field Aeronautics, Space and Transport

Helmholtz Association

Phone: +49 30 206329-31
olaf.kranz (at) helmholtz.de


24.07.2014