Air taxis on approach. The DLR-project Horizon UAM (2023)
Efficiency, safety, sustainability and affordability are the key characteristics of future urban mobility. Expertise and current research topics such as propulsion technologies, flight system technologies, communication and navigation go hand in hand with the findings of modern flight guidance and airport technologies. The DLR project “HorizonUAM” shows detailed insights into the different perspectives in air taxi traffic.

The DIAL project: Customising individual flight routes for more climate-friendly outcomes (2023)
In the project “Individual and Automated Air Transport” (Der individuelle und automatisierte Luftverkehr; DIAL) the German Aerospace Center bundles its research to expand the automation of flight guidance. This will enable flight planners to offer customized climate-optimized routes for every aircraft in the sky, avoiding areas in the atmosphere with long-lasting condensation trails, for example.

CORUS-XUAM: Operating air taxis safely in urban airspace (2023)
Flight tests are essential for designing and testing realistic unmanned aircraft system traffic management (UTM) for uncrewed air transport. To this end, a large-scale demonstration has taken place in November 2022 within the framework of the EU project CORUS-XUAM at the National Test Center for Unmanned Aerial Systems of the German Aerospace Center.

SpaceTracks: Automated coordination of rocket launches with air and maritime transport (2022)
The Institute of Flight Guidance is setting up a Launch Coordination Center (LCC) to show how a large number of launches and re-entries of spacecrafts can be safely and flexibly coordinated with air transport and maritime navigation activities in the future.

Development of a multimodular simulation infrastructure (2022)
The (german) video shows the iUSIM project, in which three DLR institutes use rescue mobility as an example to demonstrate the synergies that result from joint cooperation and the potential that coupling simulators holds.

Project City-ATM: Safe integration of drones in urban environments (2022)
DLR carried out the City-ATM project to lay the foundation for future airspace management in urban areas, in which new and conventional air traffic participants can operate safely together. The (german) video shows all three phases of the project, which was completed at the end of 2021.

Validation of speech recognition for relieve of tower controllers (2022)
SESAR 3 JU member, DLR together with air traffic controllers from AustroControl and Oro Navigacija recently validated an assistant-based speech recognition system to support controllers working in future multiple remote tower centres.

Con­trol­ling mul­ti­ple air­ports from one con­trol cen­tre (2022)
At the end of 2021 DLR and Frequentis set up a remote tower centre prototype in SESAR project PJ05-W2 DTT from which Lithuanian and Polish air traffic controllers provided aerodrome traffic services to a total of 15 simulated airports.

Autonomous drone operations in dense traffic in City-ATM Phase 3 (2022)
In the third and finale phase of the City-ATM project, traffic scenarios were tested in which a large number of differently equipped drones are operated together and without conflict in one airspace. The tests were carried out with real and virtual drones at Cochstedt Airport.

METeo Sensors In the Sky (METSIS) project (2021)
In 2021 NLR and AirHub completed the METeo Sensors In the Sky (#METSIS) project. This project investigated the use of drones as an aerial sensor network for low-altitude hyperlocal wind nowcasting. The results of this project contribute towards the European #Uspace programme for enabling high-density #drone operations in the future.

NARSIM and the HoloLens 2™ | Augmented Reality Technology for Tower Air Traffic Controllers  (2021)
Royal NLR carried out experiments in April 2021 for Attention Capturing and Attention Guidance with Augmented Reality technology on the high-fidelity real-time air traffic control simulation and validation platform NARSIM. The experiments were carried out as part of a SESAR 2020 project called Digital Technologies for Tower, Solution 97: HMI Interaction Modes for Airport Tower.

Drone operations and hazards in City-ATM Phase 2 (2020)
In phase 2 of the City-ATM project, complex flight tests with several drones were carried out at the National Experimental Test Center in Cochstedt in autumn 2020. This demonstrated in an exemplary manner how several drones can be safely handled in the event of sudden hazards and emergencies in an urban environment.

Remote AFIS/UNICOM – Support small airfields through remote tower (2020)
The costs of modern remote tower systems can exceed the financial possibilities of very small airfields. Together with students from RWTH Aachen and Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, the Institute has investigated whether a simplified, particularly cost-effective remote tower setup would be sufficient.

Multiple Remote Tower Video (2020)
How can you make running smaller airports more cost efficient? One smart way is through the implementation of the SESAR Multiple Remote Tower solutions. Have a look how it works in the animated explainer video.

DRIVER+ (2019)
In the EU project DRIVER+, DLR provided real-time aerial images in a disaster control exercise in Eisenerz/Austria in order to provide crucial support for situation recording and rescue logistics of disasters in the future.

Integrated Airports Operations Video (2019)
In the SESAR Integrated Airport Operations (IAO) project, Very Large Scale Demonstrations were carried out at three airports to demonstrate the benefits of Air Traffic Management solutions developed in the SESAR programme.

Total Airport Management Video (2019)
Collaboratively and quickly overcoming airport crises is key in air traffic management! In the SESAR 2020 Total Airport Management (PJ.04) project, DLR and its partners are working to ensure that airports operate smoothly during exceptional circumstances like severe weather events.

City ATM Video (2019)
Parcel-delivery drones, air taxis and uncrewed inspection aircraft will to fly over cities and interact with one another in the future. To deal with the question of how a future airspace management system for unmanned and manned airspace users, especially operations in urban areas could look like, the German Aerospace Center has started the City-ATM Project.

MaRPAS – Maritimer RPAS-Betrieb (2019)
To quickly get an overview of any potentially dangerous situation for maritime routes is vital. Unmanned aircraft taking off directly from a ship could help here in the future. The Maritime RPAS Operation project (MaRPAS) has researched the application possibilities and conditions for the use of such aircraft at sea.

Remote Tower for Multiple Airports (2019)
Within the European research project ‘PJ05 Remote Tower for Multiple Airports’ DLR researchers and their international partners (Frequentis AG, Leonardo Germany GmbH, HungaroControl, and Oro Navigacija) have carried out simulations to investigate how a single air traffic controller can control not just one, but multiple airports.


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