NASA and DLR study the trans­for­ma­tion of the air trans­port sys­tem

The integration of new types of aircraft into the air transport system requires it to change. Over the coming years, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will be working together on research into how the air transport system can be transformed to meet these new challenges. To this end, in 2020 the two institutions signed an agreement on close research collaboration. Read more…

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…