Aerodynamic Analysis and Design
The aerothermodynamic analysis and design activities of the Spacecraft Department mainly address research for hypersonic vehicles and spacecraft. The Department has been involved in all major German and European Space Technology programs during the last two decades. The major objective of the Department is the virtual design of space vehicles and their ground and flight qualification.
The research activities related to rocket propulsion and launchers have been initiated in 2002, and comprise the investigation of nozzle flows and their interaction with the launcher’s base flow, and the simulation of rocket thrust chambers. The studies are performed in the framework of the MoU “Propulsion 2010” and “Propulsion 2010” between DLR and Astrium, the DLR projects and research activities, IMENS-3C, PROTAU, KERBEROS, research projects of the European Space Agency (ESA), and the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded transregional collaborative research centre SFB-TR 40.
The Department’s efforts with respect to hypersonic technologies have been performed under bi-lateral cooperation agreements with ONERA and the University of Queensland, Australia. Further activities were and are performed in the framework of technology research projects of ESA, and the EC co-funded projects LAPCAT I and II (Long Term Advanced Propulsion Concepts and Technologies), ATLLAS I and II (Aerodynamic and Thermal Load Interactions with Lightweight Advanced Materials for High Speed Flight) as well as FAST20XX.