ILA 2014DLR presents advanced research in aviation and space flight

The German Aerospace Center DLR has one of the largest displays by any institution at the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA 2014.


Das DLR zeigt auf der ILA im Mai 2014 unter anderem das Forschungsflugzeug A320 ATRA (Foto: DLR).  


With presentations of research aircraft on the Flightline, and the latest aerospace research results on a stand measuring some 700 square metres in Hall 4, in the Space Pavilion and at the ILA CareerCenter, the DLR is providing details about the work that is being carried out to acquire the knowledge that will be needed in the future.

The A320 ATRA and the EC 135 ACT/FHS can be seen for the entire duration of the ILA. Both of these aircraft are being used to demonstrate the research that is being carried out in the fields of aerodynamic, aviation systems technology and cabins for the fixed wing aircraft and the helicopters of tomorrow.

The Airbus A320-232 “D-ATRA" is the largest aircraft in the DLR research fleet and has been in service since the end of 2008. The ATRA (Advanced Technology Research Aircraft) is a modern, flexible flight research platform which sets new standards in this area of European aviation research, and not only on account of its size.

The “Flying Helicopter Simulator“ ACT/FHS is based on a production model of the Eurocopter EC 135, which has been substantially modified to enable it to be used for research end experimental purposes. The mechanical controls, for example, have been replaced by a fly-by-wire-/fly-by light control system (FBW/FBL). Instead of control rods the commands are now transmitted using electrical cables and fibre optic cables.

There are also plans for other research aircraft, which are currently in the process of carrying out various missions, to stop over in Berlin on order to present aspects of the research work intended to make the aviation of the future more eco-efficient.

At the Space Pavilion, organised jointly by BDLI, ESA, BMWi and DLR, DLR is represented by more than 20 missions and projects from all areas of space flight. Three three-dimensional terrain models are being used to show the interaction between the atmosphere and the climate, and the impact on humans. Examples are provided by the satellite data obtained from the German radar mission Tandem-X.

Visitors to Hall 4 will be able to see the entire range of research being carried out by the DLR: production and manufacturing processes using new materials for the next generation of aircraft, with lightweight robots, new flight guidance procedures for improved safety in the event of difficult flight approaches, concepts for the aircraft of the future, such as the blended wing body, and the latest findings in research aimed at dealing with and reducing noise. The display will also show how the results of aviation research are being applied in energy research, for example in wind turbines, in order to achieve more efficient designs.

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