Use of civilian drones in Germany – DLR study shows acceptance and reservations

Inspections carried out using unmanned aerial vehicles. Research is also being conducted into rapid situation monitoring for civil protection and the transport of medicines and medical equipment during rescue operations. A study by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has now revealed that there is clear approval in Germany for the use of civilian drones in civil protection, rescue missions and research work. However, flights for advertising, leisure and parcel delivery purposes are still viewed negatively by at least half of those questioned. Education will help to reduce reservations among the public. Continue reading →

International Guests visit V3 Multiple Remote Tower Validation Exercise

50 international guests visited the Open Day of a SESAR2020 PJ.05-02 Multiple Remote Tower validation exercise at the DLR site Braunschweig. The validation exercise moved the platform and the tested procedures to a higher maturity level: from maturity level V2 to V3. DLR together with its SESAR2020 partners Frequentis AG, Leonardo Germany GmbH & the Hungarian ANSP HungaroControl set up a human-in-the-loop simulation in which seven Hungarian Controllers handled complex traffic at three Hungarian aerodromes simultaneously. They were challenged with different wind scenarios, runway changes, emergency situations, runway inspections and had to coordinate these situations with approach control, MET Service, with the Airport Duty Manager and operated ground vehicles via three separated ground vehicle radio frequencies. Continue reading →

At sea: safe and precise unmanned take-offs and landings on ships

Global maritime routes are the backbone of worldwide trade, yet at the same time constitute highly sensitive infrastructure. Ships are exposed to a multitude of risks, be it extreme weather, accidents or criminal activities. Being able to quickly get an overview of any potentially dangerous situation is vital. The necessary response speed could be achieved by deploying unmanned aircraft for maritime use. These would take off directly from a ship and take situation images from the air automatically. As part of the Maritime RPAS Operation project (MaRPAS) , the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has been working with the German Federal Sea Police since 2016 on unmanned remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), their application possibilities and conditions for their use at sea. The project was successfully completed with a series of test flights in mid-October 2018. Continue reading →

Third edition of the Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) event in DRIVER+

DRIVER+, an EU-funded demonstration project in the field of Crisis Management, announced the programme and opened the registrations for the “Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM)” event, whose third edition will take place in Warsaw (Poland) from the 3rd to the 4th of September 2018 at the Copernicus Science Centre.

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DLR’s Big Data Platform cross-sectoral project begins


How can ever-larger volumes of scientific data be processed and evaluated? And how can Earth observation data be meaningfully combined with ground measurements, thereby opening up new sources of information? In the cross-sectoral Big Data Platform project, researchers from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are devising new methods for the future-oriented field of Big Data Science. The interdisciplinary research project involves 21 DLR institutes from the research fields of spaceflight, aeronautics, transport, energy, digitalisation and security – all working together. The project is set to run for four years and has received more than 21 million euro of funding. Continue reading →

2nd successful Multiple Remote Tower validation for three airports

The SESAR 2020 project PJ05 “Remote Tower for Multiple Airports” aims to bring the concept of remotely controlled multiple airports to the next maturity level. From 19th to 27th March 2018, the Lithuanian ANSP Oro Navigacija (ON), DLR and Frequentis AG performed a validation exercise for multiple Remote Tower at DLR in Braunschweig, to test the concept’s operational feasibility. Continue reading

DLR and Dassault sign purchase contract for the flight test vehicle iSTAR

On 25 April 2018, at the Berlin Air Show ILA 2018, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and Dassault signed the purchase contract for a Falcon 2000 LX twinjet in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The agreement involves the delivery of the aircraft and its conversion into the flight test vehicle iSTAR (in-flight Systems and Technology Airborne Research) by 2020. With iSTAR, it is possible to test (in real conditions) the flight characteristics of newly designed, real or virtual aircraft within the iSTAR flight envelope, including the in-flight simulation of unmanned systems. In addition, iSTAR will serve as test bed in the classic fields of aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, structures, propulsion, flight control and flight guidance. Continue reading

DLR@ILA2018: Research aircraft, uncrewed flight, experiments for the Space Station and an Antarctic greenhouse

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will present its latest projects and research results at the ILA Berlin Air Show from 25 to 29 April 2018. Again one of the largest institutional exhibitors in 2018, DLR will provide fascinating insights into its current research on an approximately 700-square-metre stand in Hall 4, in the Space Pavilion, on the stand of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Hall 2, and at the ILA CareerCenter in Hall 1. Continue reading