DLR Space Administration designs and implements Germany's Space Program, which integrates all German space activities on the national and European plane. These activities include Germany's national Space Program and Germany's contributions to the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). In addition, the Administration shapes and monitors the Space topic within the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The Space Administration's principal client is the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. However, the Space Administration also works for other ministries, mainly in application-related fields such as Earth observation, navigation and satellite communication. The Federal Government's Space Program provides both business and science with a reliable political framework for independent planning and action, thus ensuring that public funds are used efficiently.
An international research team has successfully demonstrated that long-lasting contrails can be avoided by adjusting flight altitudes.
Logistics for offshore wind farms could be simplified with the use of drones. DLR is working with energy supplier EnBW to determine requirements and possibilities.
Small satellites are becoming increasingly compact and powerful. The technology of conventional radio channels is reaching its limits due to the rising number of satellites.
In wind-tunnel tests, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has investigated the lift generated by commercial aircraft using state-of-the-art measurement and simulation technologies.
In a collaboration to strengthen sustainability in aviation, Boeing [NYSE: BA] is partnering with NASA and United Airlines for in-flight testing to measure how sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) affects contrails and non-carbon emissions, in addition to reducing the fuel's life cycle climate impact.
HyBird is a small, hybrid-electric aircraft concept. Its goal is to serve routes of less than 1000 kilometres and with low passenger volumes in a climate-compatible way. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has now successfully conducted the first flight of a 1:4 scale demonstrator of HyBird at the National Experimental Test Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Cochstedt.