German Aerospace Center (DLR)
The main activities of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) joint sites of Braunschweig and Göttingen are aviation and transportation research. Located at the Research Airport Braunschweig, DLR continues the tradition of the Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DFL), founded in 1936, and employs there approximately 800 highly-qualified scientists and engineers. DLR Göttingen, established in 1907 as the Modell-Versuchsanstalt, later called the Aerodynamische Versuchsanstalt (AVA), employs approximately 400 experts in fundamental and application-oriented aviation research.
Technology changes markets. Markets influence technologies and products. DLR's Technology Marketing sees itself as an intermediary for innovative DLR technologies and is a partner of the industry in technological developments. Research in the key areas of aerospace, traffic and energy requires a high degree of technological competency. Important key technologies of the future are researched at the DLR institutes. When selecting its main area of research, DLR looks at market requirements and makes investments in the development of future technology applications. DLR Technology Marketing develops DLR technologies within industrial cooperations that are further developed to market-oriented applications. DLR Technology Marketing enables companies to have direct access to DLR research and development competencies. It also carries part of the technical development risk. DLR Technology Marketing determines in a systematically competent manner the market potential of DLR research topics and at the same time enables a risk financing of company-specific innovations.
Not only the progressive technologies but also the research competence of the DLR provides companies in the industry with the best prerequisites for them to take advantage of methods and services for their innovative products. Companies with complex tasks in research and development areas as well as technical problems
will find a competent partner in DLR Technology Marketing. DLR Technology Marketing supports companies as business partners with its team of scientists, engineers, business persons and lawyers who consult companies on all issues.
DLR is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space.
Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.
As Germany's Space Agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for the forward planning and implementation of the German space programme as well as international representation of Germany's interests.
Aeronautics and space make substantial contributions to the way we live today. Aviation guarantees our global mobility and satellites enable worldwide communication. Remote sensing generates data about our environment, while the exploration of space leads to new knowledge about the origin and development of the Solar System, its planets, and, hence, about the creation of life.
Moreover, key industries, including materials technology, medicine and software engineering, all profit from innovations made by DLR in the fields of aeronautics and space.
DLR’s mission thus comprises:
- exploration of the Earth and the solar system
- research aimed at protecting the environment
- development of environmentally-friendly technologies to promote mobility, communication and security.
DLR’s research portfolio ranges from fundamental research to innovative development of the applications and products of tomorrow. In this way, DLR contributes the scientific and technical know-how that it has gained, thus enhancing Germany’s industrial and technological reputation. DLR operates large-scale research facilities for the center’s own projects and as a service provider for clients and partners. It also promotes the next generation of scientists, provides advisory services to the German government and is a driving force in the regions centred on its various locations.
Approximately 7.900 people work for DLR; the center has 29 institutes and facilities at 13 locations in Germany: Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Cologne (headquarters), Goettingen, Hamburg, Lampoldshausen, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stuttgart, Trauen and Weilheim. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris and Washington, D.C.