Aviation industry mobilised in the fight against coronavirus

Airports, air navigation service providers and airlines, not to mention the air and ground manufacturers have all been hit incredibly hard by the coronavirus pandemic. As the industry continues to grapple with the fall-out from the pandemic, its operations remain essential to fighting the virus.

The SESAR Joint Undertaking published an article which highlights the efforts of its members across Europe to tackle the pandemic. Read more on the SESAR website…

Supporting small airports using virtual reality

Camera systems that monitor airports remotely offer many new possibilities for air traffic control and airport operators. However, the costs of purchasing, installing and maintaining the latest remote monitoring technology make it impracticable for airfields with a low volume of traffic and revenue. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has teamed up with the Osnabrück University and RWTH Aachen University to develop an alternative concept based on lower-cost components and Virtual Reality (VR) that will allow these airfields to benefit from remote monitoring. Read more…

New DLR ISTAR research aircraft arrives in Braunschweig

On 31 January 2020, the new DLR ISTAR (In-flight Systems and Technology Airborne Research) aircraft – a modified Falcon 2000LX – flew from the Dassault plant in Bordeaux-Mérignac to its new home at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Braunschweig. The arrival of ISTAR in Braunschweig marks the completion of the first phase of its conversion at Dassault, during which the original aircraft was prepared for the installation of extensive instrumentation in accordance with DLR specifications. Commissioning will now commence at the DLR site in Braunschweig with the integration of a basic measurement system and initial flights. By the mid-2020s, ISTAR will be fully operational as an in-flight simulator, having undergone many additional and extensive modifications. ISTAR will then be used for the evaluation of increasingly automated flight operations, pilot assistance systems and unmanned flight. Two further conversion phases have been planned in close cooperation with Dassault. Read more…

DLR at the Paris Air Show 2019

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The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will be showcasing its latest projects and research results from 17 to 23 June 2019 at this year’s Paris Air Show. At the joint German stand in Hall 2C, DLR will be featuring its activities in digitalisation, climate change and maintaining mobility. On display will be technical innovations for eco-efficient aircraft with lower carbon dioxide and noise emissions, including electric flight, as well as the DLR Falcon 20E, the flying laboratory for environmental and climate research. A model of the German-French satellite mission MERLIN for the observation of the greenhouse gas methane will also be showcased. This mission focuses on the global monitoring of the dynamic system Earth from space. The mobile astronaut assistant CIMON®, the planned demonstrator of a reusable rocket stage and the two instruments that DLR has contributed to the European BepiColombo mission to Mercury round off the trade fair appearance in the space sector. Continue reading →