Organisation Profile

With over 90 years of history, the foundation National Aerospace Laboratory NLR is the central institute for aerospace research in the Netherlands. Its principal mission is to render scientific support and technical assistance on a non-profit basis to Dutch and foreign aerospace industries and organizations, civil and military aircraft operators, and governmental agencies concerned with aviation and space flight.

NLR employs a staff of about 600 varying from aircraft engineers to psychologists, to mathematicians, to materials experts, and is organized in three divisions:

  • Aerospace Systems;
  • Air Transport;
  • Aerospace Vehicles.

Activities within NLR cover a wide variety of subjects, primarily in the aerospace domain, and range from basic research, design and development, verification and validation, to operational use.

This combination provides NLR with a broad understanding of developments in the aerospace sector, not just from a technological perspective but also considering the micro- and macroeconomic impacts. NLR is not a policy maker, but aims to provide policy makers with the fundament on which policy can be built, through our research and development activities, and based on our deep knowledge of the aerospace domain.

NLR has a long heritage in the area of aircraft design and validation, aircraft operations and air traffic management. The NLR moreover possesses a large array of high quality research facilities for Air Transport Research, Development, Test and Evaluation.

The NLR contributed to a large amount of research projects, and also led several projects, funded by EU, Eurocontrol, ESA, EASA, EDA and of course Dutch national R&D programs. Such projects include SESAR and Clean Sky (trajectory based operations by aircraft, Smart fixed wing, Green rotorcraft and Ecodesign).

Role in the project

NLR is involved in WP3.1 and WP3.2. In WP3.1, The Forum, NLR will participate in the joint workshops held between the European and Japanese stakeholders involved in aerospace research. NLR leads WP3.2, The Guidance Desk. This task will provide guidance for building a joint research project between Europe and Japan. Guidance material will include EU recommendations and best practices from past EU/Japan projects and ongoing calls in EU and Japan.

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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