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German Aerospace Center

DLR conducts space research at the highest level and develops innovative energy and mobility concepts. In doing so, the Helmholtz Center focuses on issues of security and digitalization. DLR's headquarters are in Cologne. A total of around 10,000 employees are active at 30 other locations. Together, they tackle complex issues in aerospace and mobility: The experts explore space, develop low-emission aircraft, test new propulsion technologies and send satellites into orbit for Earth observation. On behalf of the German federal government, DLR is also home to the German Space Agency, whose tasks include designing and implementing the national aerospace program and managing Germany's contributions to the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

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  • Aeronautics, Space and Transport

    Asteroids are cosmic piles of debris, an agglomeration of rocks, or at least they usually are. The asteroid "Psyche", which is now to be examined by a space probe, could be an exception. Researchers…

  • Aeronautics, Space and Transport

    In order to make future commercial aircraft even more efficient, a research project that has so far been carried out in Germany is testing aerodynamic limits. But the phenomena are so complex that…

  • Aeronautics, Space and Transport

    The European Space Agency ESA is sending the largest mission of the decade on its way. The JUICE space probe will search for indications of life on Jupiter's icy moons. That is conceivable, but it is…

  • Aeronautics, Space and Transport, Earth & Environment

    Autonomous research robots play a crucial role in deep-sea research as well as in the exploration of distant planets. Helmholtz researchers from both fields have joined forces and together are…

  • Aeronautics, Space and Transport

    In an interview, ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer explains why the moon is so interesting for science, and what his chances are of being on board the next manned flight to Earth's satellite.

  • Information

    In our networked world, digital infrastructures matter. They are becoming a basic requirement of daily life. As the central lifeblood of our society, the internet and telecommunications are…


Deutsches Zentrum für Luft - und Raumfahrt (DLR)

Linder Höhe[Porz-Wahnheide]
51147 Köln Postal address:
51170 Köln

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