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

Successful first SESAR 2020 Multiple Remote Tower validation for three airports

Single remote tower settings have already been deployed in former projects; however, most significant impacts in cost-effectiveness are to be expected with multiple and/or centre settings. The SESAR 2020 project PJ05 aims to bring the concept of remotely controlling multiple airports to the next maturity level. In November 2017, Frequentis AG, HungaroControl, DLR, and Selex ES GmbH (Leonardo LTP) conducted a first successful validation campaign on “Remote Tower for Multiple airports” in Braunschweig. Continue reading

AT-One @ World ATM Congress 2018

The research alliance AT-One and its members DLR and NLR take part in the World ATM Congress 2018, held in Madrid from 6 to 8 March. 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. Continue reading…

Integrating air taxis and freight drones flexibly into urban airspace

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has developed a ground-breaking concept that brings unmanned aircraft of all classes together with conventional aeroplanes and helicopters within urban airspace and beyond for the very first time. The image of freight drones and air taxis flying above cities is no longer just science fiction. The technical development of such aircraft is advancing apace and is set to pose major challenges to air traffic management for large cities and general areas of uncontrolled airspace at an altitude of up to 762 metres. A myriad of new unmanned aircraft will be looking to join the air transport system, and the aim is to ensure that this does not place restrictions on the manned aircraft that have used it thus far. The new DLR concept, in the form of the Blueprint Concept for Urban Airspace Integration, addresses this very issue. Continue reading →

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 →