DLR is the largest institutional exhibitor at ILA 2012 in Berlin
The future of aerospace will be showcased by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) at the International Aerospace Exhibition (Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung; ILA) in Berlin, from 11 to 16 September.
DLR is the largest institutional exhibitor at this year's ILA, with a 600 square metre booth in the 'Space & Aeronautic World’ (Hall 4). In addition, as an institutional partner along with the European Space Agency (ESA), DLR is contributing around 30 exhibits to the Space Pavilion, in Hall 4.
In the open air grounds, DLR’s work will be presented in the form of spectacular aircraft from its research fleet; these include the Antares DLR-H2 power glider, the Falcon 20E, the Cessna C208B Grand Caravan 'flying auditorium', the EC-135 FHS, Flying Helicopter Simulator, and the A300 ZERO-G for parabolic flights. DLR will be also providing information on career opportunities in the aerospace sector at the ILA CareerCenter (14 and 15 September, Hall 7).
Aircraft shown at Schönefeld by DLR include:
The Antares DLR-H2 can only fly using fuel cells; the motor glider is also the first aircraft able to take off using fuel cells.
The Falcon 20E provides basic data necessary for the work carried out by atmospheric researchers. The research aircraft can fly into storms and measure the chemical composition of the air there. It was also the first aircraft to measure the ash content in the atmosphere when the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted on Iceland in April 2010.
Helicopter pilots can put new technologies to the test in the EC-135 FHS Flying Helicopter Simulator. The computers integrated into the FHS enable the helicopter to respond in actual flight as it would when flying with a new control system.
For its parabolic flights, DLR uses the A300 ZERO-G from the French company Novespace. The aircraft flies up to 31 parabolas during each flight; each parabola produces around 22 seconds of weightlessness. Scientists can use these vital seconds to carry out research in biology, human physiology, physics and materials research.
In the Space Pavilion DLR, ESA and the German Aerospace Industries Association (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie e.V.; BDLI) will be demonstrating how findings from research in space and spaceflight can be put to use on Earth. The slogan: ‘Space for Earth’. Here, visitors will be able to learn how satellites influence our daily lives in terms of communication and navigation, as well as the importance of Earth observation to protect and care for our environment.
DLR researchers are continuously working on safe, environment-friendly aviation. The presentations in the 600 square metre booth, located at the Space & Aeronautic World, will include ways to build lighter and hence more environmentally friendly engines and the materials that will be used in aerospace in the future. Furthermore, DLR researchers will be demonstrating how they can use knowledge they have gained from aviation to make wind turbines more efficient and lighter.