The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and its predecessors have been represented in Hamburg since the 1950s. Situated close to Hamburg’s other aerospace industry, the Aviation and Space Psychology Department of the Institute for Aerospace Medicine is one of the leading skills centres for the selection of personnel in the aerospace industry. DLR’s Institute of Air Transportation Systems has also been based here in Hamburg since 2007.
Ideas for the airport of the future arise in Hamburg. On 27 and 28 November 2013, researchers at DLR, together with numerous industrial and university research partners in the Lighthouse Project 'Airport 2030', presented their final results in the Conference Centre at Hamburg Airport.