German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Fields of Activity: DLR is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. DLR's mission thus comprises:
- exploration of the Earth and the solar system
- research aimed at protecting the environment
- development of environmentally-friendly technologies to promote mobility, communication and security.
DLR's research portfolio ranges from fundamental research to innovative development of the applications and products of tomorrow. DLR operates large-scale research facilities for the center's own projects and as a service provider for clients and partners. It also promotes the next generation of scientists, provides advisory services to the German government and is a driving force in the regions centred on its various locations. Approximately 6900 people work for DLR; the center has 33 institutes and facilities at 13 locations in Germany: Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Cologne, Goettingen, Hamburg, Lampoldshausen, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stuttgart, Trauen and Weilheim. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris and Washington, D.C.
The DLR budget for in-house research and development work and other internal operations amounts to approximately 770 million Euro, of which approx. half comes from revenues earned by DLR.
As Germany's Space Agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for the forward planning and implementation of the German space programme as well as international representation of Germany's interests. DLR also administers the space budget of the German government, which totals to 1047 million Euro (2009).