Aviation research in Europe – DLR takes over as Chair of ACARE

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Europe is home to some 450 airlines, 700 airports and a world-leading aviation industry. For 15 years, the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and innovation in Europe (ACARE) has been bringing together the foremost commercial and scientific representatives in the European aviation industry to jointly develop guidelines for European aviation research. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has been actively playing a leading role in ACARE since its foundation and is now taking the Chair again.

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Uncrewed airborne disaster relief

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From 9 September 2015, test flights are taking place on three consecutive days in a simulated disaster scenario as part of the EU’s ‘Driving Innovations in Crisis Management for European Resilience’ (DRIVER) project. Harrowing scenes are being simulated in Braunschweig on those days. A major flood has covered a wide area around the Tankumsee, a lake near Gifhorn; surrounding roads are also affected and people are stranded in the water. But during this practice, the flood only exists in a digital form on the screens of the Air Traffic Validation Center operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). This is where a crisis management centre has been set up for the test campaign.

Meanwhile, DLR’s D-CODE research aircraft, a Do-228, is circling the Tankumsee. As it does so, it is supplying the U-FLY ground station at the DLR Institute of Flight Guidance with situational images in real time – information that the rescue workers use to coordinate the disaster response logistics. This technology is intended to make a critical contribution to disaster relief in Europe.

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New AT-One Director from DLR

On August 1st, Dr. Helmut Többen was appointed as new director of AT-One for the DLR side of the research alliance. He heads the alliance now together with Roland Vercammen, AT-One director from NLR. Before that Dr. Többen worked within AT-One as business manager specialised in ANSPs and the manufacturing industry.

Dr. Többen is taking over from Kurt Klein, who has been with AT-One since its founding and who is now retiring. Kurt Klein has shaped the alliance between DLR and NLR for many years in a substantial way.

German-Dutch research in the field of Composite Structures extended

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands (NLR) have extended their research cooperation in the area of Composite Structures for another two years until the end of 2016. As part of the collaboration production techniques for lightweight components are developed. Components of fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) are increasingly in use in aircraft and in the transport sector for environmentally friendly mobility. CFRP components reduce weight, fuel and thus CO2 emissions.

The full article (in German) can be found here.

World ATM Congress: Sectorless ATM

sectorless_atmAt the World ATM Congress AT-One will present “Sectorless ATM Concept: Flight-centred ATC”, a revolutionary concept for en-route air traffic control without conventional sectors. This means that one controller guides several aircraft regardless of their location. AT-One will show a fully functional simulation that allows experiencing how sectorless ATC could be conducted and what advantages such an aircraft-centered control concept can bring in terms of efficiency, flexibility, handovers and user-preferred routes. Read more…