Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

About the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) – Institute of Air Transportation Systems

DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project execution organisation. DLR has over 8000 employees located at 16 locations in Germany, and also has offices in Brussels, Paris, Tokyo and Washington D.C.

DLR’s mission comprises the exploration of Earth and the Solar System and research for protecting the environment. This includes the development of environment-friendly technologies for energy supply and future mobility, as well as for communications and security. DLR’s research portfolio ranges from fundamental research to the development of products for tomorrow. By using the scientific and technical expertise it has acquired to the enhancement of industry and technology. DLR operates research facilities for its own projects and as a service for clients and partners. It also fosters the development of the next generation of researchers, provides expert advisory services to the government and is a driving force in the regions where its facilities are located.

The mission of the Institute of Air Transportation Systems (DLR-LY) is fostering interdisciplinary and system-level research at DLR. Scientific competences are focused on all challenges arising from the integration of the disciplinary competencies of both DLR’s disciplinarily specialized research institutes as well as external partners. The spectrum of topics ranges from establishing effective software interfaces via the application of efficient optimization strategies and organization of collaborative teamwork until the management of knowledge and coping with the psychological aspects of collaboration. The pre-design of aeronautical systems is the major field of activity. Besides establishing integration techniques to enable system-level research, the investigation of the air transportation system is DLR-LY’s second major area of research. In this, the comprehension of the entire air transportation system including economical, ecological and social aspects is targeted. Thus; the interaction between technologies and the society’s future demand is investigated, permitting a demand-oriented optimization of technological research. All research is conducted in very close collaboration with DLR’s disciplinarily specialized institutes, enabling DLR to establish competences which are system-wide and detailed, hence reliable.

Contributions in IDEaliSM

DLR performs large scale research in a distributed network of heterogeneous competences and has established dedicated MDO technologies and techniques for coupling a multitude of competences. Expertise is provided in the effective and efficient organisation of collaborative design methods, involving a multitude of engineers having diverse technical backgrounds. Within IDEaliSM, both technical solutions as well as application methods to guide effective distributed design are provided. Among the technical solutions is the provision of the data exchange standard CPACS (Common Parametric Aircraft Configuration Scheme) as well as other dedicated technologies for distributed MDO. Using the experiences in collaborative design and optimization, the institutes design facility “Integrated Design Lab” will be utilized within the project. DLR participates in the aircraft design use case and therein provides a suite of analysis tools as engineering service.