DLR is Germany’s national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in Aeronautics, Space, Energy, Transport and Security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility for the forward planning and the implementation of the German space programme by the German federal government as well as for the international representation of German interests. Furthermore, Germany’s largest project-management agency is also part of DLR.
Approximately 6,900 people are employed at fifteen locations in Germany: Cologne (headquarters), Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Goettingen, Hamburg, Lampoldshausen, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stade, Stuttgart, Trauen, and Weilheim. DLR also operates offices in Brussels, Paris, and Washington D.C.
DLR has profound knowledge on various aspects of VTOL aircraft and UAVs and subjects of research are modelling, simulation, flight testing of new approaches to improve handling qualities and pilot’s situational awareness as well as functionalities to increase vehicle autonomy and automation. DLR operates the only fly-by-wire/fly-by-light variable stability experimental helicopter worldwide, the EC-135 “Flying Helicopter Simulator”. The FHS is an excellent testbed to evaluate the PAV dynamics concept with pilots in the loop in flight.
DLR is leader of WP6 and will provide the Flying Helicopter Simulator as a simulation platform for evaluation of technologies developed in the project in a manned flying vehicle. Furthermore, DLR will support the development of dynamic models and a HITS display for experiments on the simulators of UoL and MPI-BC.