Organisation Profile

DLR is Germany's national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international co-operative ventures. As Germany's Space Agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for the forward planning and implementation of the German space programme as well as international representation of Germany's interests. Aviation guarantees the global mobility and satellites enable worldwide communication. Remote sensing generates data about our environment, while the exploration of space leads to new knowledge about the origin and development of the solar system, its planets, and, hence, about the creation of life. Moreover, key industries, including materials technology, medicine and software engineering, all profit from innovations made by DLR in the fields of aeronautics and space,

  • exploration of the Earth and the solar system
  • research aimed at protecting the environment
  • development of environmentally-friendly technologies to promote mobility, communication and security.

DLR’s research portfolio ranges from fundamental research to innovative development of the applications and products of tomorrow. In this way, DLR contributes to the scientific and technical know-how, thus enhancing Germany’s industrial and technological reputation. DLR operates largescale research facilities for the centre’s own projects and as a service provider for clients and partners. It also promotes the next generation of scientists, provides advisory services to the German government and is a driving force in the regions surrounding its 13 sites all over the country.

Approximately 7500 people are employed by DLR in its 35 institutes and facilities. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris and Washington, D.C. The DLR budget for in-house research and development work and other internal operations amounts to approximately €770 million, of which approximately half comes from revenues earned by DLR. DLR also administers the space budget of the German government, which totals some €880 million (2009). DLR initiated also the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) which is also supported by the European Commission within the EU project IFARs. IFAR connects the 24 international leading research organisations in aviation and represents about 40.000 employees working in aviation research. The experience and results from IFAR will be provided to the SUNJET II project.

Role in the project

DLR has the following roles in the project:

  1. It is responsible for the Forum to organize the different meetings
  2. It brings the international network from the IFAR activity. Here exists already a technology data base with future technologies and the activity role of the IFAR members in the single technologies. This is an excellent basis for extension.
  3. IFAR developed a communication data base platform IFARlink . It is planned to build a bring between the SUNJET and IFARlink platform to generate synergies.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 640480

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The consortium is working in close cooperation and supported by Japanese mirror organizations, including the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC), the Japan Aircraft Development Corporation (JADC), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the University of Tokyo and Chubu Aerospace Industry and Technology Center (C-ASTEC).

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