DLR Lampoldshausen

Unique testing competency for European space transport

DLR in Lampoldshausen has more than 50 years of experience and history, as well as core competencies in the feld of liquid chemical space propulsion. The global space market is constantly growing and changing. The cost of launchers is decreasing in line with increasing reliability and effciency. The DLR scientists focus their research activities on the development of sustainable propulsion technologies. Based on decades of expertise and its unique test rigs, the DLR site at Lampoldshausen is indispensable in Europe for safe, flexible and competitive access to space. The test rigs and facilities for testing rocket propulsion systems operated by the DLR Institute of Space Propulsion cover the entire portfolio of test requirements: from component testing, through to engine tests, to testing entire rocket stages. In order for the test conditions to resemble flight as closely as possible, the test rigs simulate rockets. The engines are supplied with all fuels and fluids via appropriate interfaces. The test systems measure data and control, regulate and monitor the engines during operation. Research and development creates the foundations for advanced technologies for future space transport systems. This research work starts with experiments in laboratory combustion chambers and ultimately permits tests under real-space propulsion conditions. New technologies can therefore be verifed in accordance with representative requirements.

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Stefan Schlechtriem · E-Mail: stefan.schlechtriem@dlr.de · DLR.de/en