German Aerospace Center

Campus Member

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Göttingen is the cradle of modern aerodynamics. The first state run research center for aviation was founded here in 1907. Today 490 employees are working for the next generation of airplanes, spacecraft and high-speed trains. Important foundations of modern aviation were laid here. Ludwig Prandtl developed his theory of flying, von Ohain testet the forerunner of the first jet engine and the swept wing which is essential part of any fast flying airplane was invented in Göttingen.

Graduate Study Programs

The DLR participates in the following Graduate School Program:

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Joint Professorships

Key Research Areas

Focal points of the covered subject areas are

  • improvement of the dynamic aircraft behavior and the operational safety of aircraft and helicopters
  • increase in the performance, safety and reliability of air, road and railway traffic
  • intelligent assistance systems for human operators of air and ground traffic
  • development of design processes for low-resistance and quiet air equipment
  • development and realisation of adaptable, damage-resistant and cost-efficient, high-performance structures for aerospace and ground traffic


Research Infrastructure

  • High-performance ground and test flight carriers
  • Flying simulators
  • Air traffic simulation facilities
  • Wind tunnels in the European DNW foundation
  • Mobile rotor test stands
  • Experimental research stands for material and noise tests
  • Largest European mobile ground vibration test facility
  • Model building center with highly modern workshops

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