German Aerospace Center (DLR)


DLR is the national aeronautics and space research center 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. Six research institutes are located at the DLR Stuttgart site employing more than 600 people.

The Institute of Technical Thermody-namics concentrates on efficient and resource-saving energy storage and conversion technologies. In systemized analytical studies scientists also analyze technical and structural options for a sustainable future energy supply system.

Activities at the Institute of Solar Research mainly focus on solar-thermal power stations, which use concentrated solar radiation as a heat source to drive turbines.

Whether in power station turbines, aircraft engines or in motors – the Institute of Combustion Technology investigates combustion processes. It aims at reducing pollutants, increasing the reliability of combustion and actively promoting the environmentally friendly use of new alternative fuels.

Technologies for sustainable future road and rail vehicle systems are the main area of expertise of the Institute of Vehicle Concepts. Scientists work on alternative drive concepts, innovative lightweight construction solutions and on holistic concepts to make the mobility of tomorrow sustainable, safe and affordable.

Based on fibre-reinforced composites and hybrid material combinations, the Institute of Structures and Design develops high-performance structures for aerospace, vehicle construction and energy applications.

The Institute of Technical Physics ad-dresses selected fields in optics and photonics. Its work encompasses investigating questions from the aerospace sector and contributing towards defence and security research.

Unique test stands and large research installations support the work of the six institutes at the DLR Stuttgart site.

With a wide range of educational offers at school and university level DLR Stuttgart is actively engaged in training the next generation of scientists and engineers.