Unmanned Freight Operations – Project UFO highlights solutions

Use of unmanned aircraft is steadily increasing, especially in the freight transport sector – and hey are becoming increasingly important. In future, freight aircraft could increasingly be controlled from the ground. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Unmanned Freight Operations (UFO) project is investigating how to integrate these aircraft into the existing air transport system. Continue reading →

Digital pilot in the cockpit – the A-PiMod project receives the German Mobility Award

The idea behind the A-PiMod project is to install a digital pilot in the cockpit to provide its human colleagues with in-flight advice. The research was conducted by the Institute of Flight Guidance at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), in cooperation with seven partners from science and industry. A-PiMod was honoured with the German Mobility Award as a lighthouse project for smart mobility on 28 June 2017 in Berlin. Continue reading →

Expansion of European aviation research guidelines

The Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe ACARE disclosed its latest Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) at the Paris Airshow on 21 June 2017. Rolf Henke, ACARE Chairman and DLR Executive Board member responsible for aeronautics research, presented the new research agenda to Clara de la Torre, Director for Transport at the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation at the European Commission. The updated guidelines will be followed until 2050 to carry out research into the eco-efficient aviation of tomorrow. The agenda lays out ways to conduct research into future low-emission and quieter aircraft, in order to bring aviation into line with climate change challenges. In addition, current developments such as digitalisation and cybersecurity, towards which the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt; DLR) will make significant contributions, are addressed in the extended agenda. Continue reading →

New cockpit concept targets human-machine cooperation

The Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) of the European Commission released an article about the A-PiMod project. Within this project, coordinated by DLR, a new cockpit concept was developed, designed to help pilots select the perfect level of automation for specific flying conditions. The full article is available on the CORDIS website.

DLR expands cooperation with Japanese partners in aeronautics research

Electric aircraft and efficient air traffic management are current areas of global research into quiet and low-emission aviation. Moreover, the future may even see a renaissance of ultrasonic passenger aircraft, depending on to which extent sophisticated aircraft shaping can reduce the sonic boom without surrendering aerodynamic properties. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has now agreed on closer collaboration with Japanese partners in these areas. Two agreements will strengthen the cooperation between DLR and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Moreover, this collaboration is enhanced by a new cooperation agreement that has now been signed with the Electronic Navigation Research Institute (ENRI) in Japan. Continue reading

World ATM Congress 2017: UAS ATM Integration and Remote Tower Human Factors

DLR – German Aerospace Center and NLR – Netherlands Aerospace Centre, both members of AT-One, have the pleasure of inviting you to our stand at the World ATM Congress 2017 (Madrid, 7–9 March). We would like to take this opportunity to show you how AT-One can help you to innovate ATM, in the areas of air traffic performance, UAS integration, human factors, safety, training and environment.

Two special exhibits, one on UAS ATM integration and one on remote towers and the impact of human factors, will be shown this year in Madrid. Continue reading

Greater safety and efficiency at airports: DLR leads EU-funded research projects

The modernisation of air traffic management is one of the main challenges of current aeronautics research. For this reason, the European Union initiated the Single European Sky ATM Research Programme (SESAR) within the Horizon 2020 research framework programme. Two of the projects with a focus on the safe and efficient airport of the future are now being launched under the leadership of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). They will focus on the use of remote tower technology that enables the provision of single or multiple aerodrome ATS from a remote tower centre and extensive testing of new air traffic management developments on the ground. Continue reading

AT-One at the World ATM Congress 2017

The research alliance AT-One and its members DLR and NLR take part in the World ATM Congress 2017, held in Madrid from March 7 – 9, 2017. At its booth #951 AT-One will show how DLR and NLR can help change ATM.

Feria de Madrid (Photo: Luis García, CC BY-SA 3.0)

During the three day exhibition, held at the Feria de Madrid, AT-One looks forward to meet experts and stakeholders from different ATM-fields at its booth #951 right beside EUROCONTROL and DFS.