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The German Aerospace Center (DLR) to showcase Fuel Cells in Action at the Airport Days Hamburg

The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) will be presenting the latest and largest addition to its fleet of research aircraft: the A320-232 "D-ATRA"

42.3 tons of curb weight in the service of fundamental research: at the Airport Days Hamburg, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) will present its Airbus A320-232 “D-ATRA”. bThe Airbus A320-232 “D-ATRA”, the latest – and largest – addition to the fleet, was deployed by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in late 2008. ATRA (Advanced Technology Research Aircraft) is a modern and flexible flight test platform which sets a new benchmark for flying test beds in European aerospace research – and not just because of its size.

Together with its project partner, Airbus, the DLR Institute of Technical Thermodynamics has equipped the aircraft with a Michelin fuel cell system. The integrated fuel cell can provide auxiliary power for one hour – and without any carbon dioxide or other pollutant emissions. During emergency operation, the system can operate the pump of one of three hydraulic systems, which move the control surfaces in case the engines shut down.

The Airbus aircraft serves scientists for research in aerodynamics, avionics, and propulsion technologies. Also being tested in theA320 ATRA’s cabins are new concepts of comfort and safety. Furthermore, new communication technologies for the future of air transport are tested on ground and in the air.

More Offers by DLR at the Airport Days Hamburg

Advanced Low Noise Aircraft – A-LNA are another important field of research at DLR, where experts try to reduce noise pollution caused by flight operations by an optimised arrangement of wings, tails and engines or noise-cutting approach and departure procedures to enable additional noise reduction on sensitive areas. The “DLR-Low Noise Aircraft” concept will allow first insight into what will be possible in this respect in the future, with visitors invited to test steep landing approaches with a joystick. Wind tunnels have been a key tool of fluid mechanics fo rmore than 100 years. At the Airport Days Hamburg, young researchers are invited to assemble DLR_School_Labs’ wind tunnel and test its functions and effects to explore the mysteries of wind and flow.

Showcasing the Future of Flying

At the Airport Days Hamburg. Lufthansa Technik will be opening its aprons and halls otherwise closed to the public. With air traffic taking place at usual at neighbouring Hamburg Airport, around 100 aircraft from modern jet aircraft to classic veterans will be displayed in a vibrant atmosphere. 100,000 visitors are expected to enjoy the show, held 22-23 August with the slogan “Discover the world of aviation”. At the “Hall of Innovation”, the future of flying will already be alive today.

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