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July 2006 edition

DLR lays plans to develop next generation green aircraft

DLR, the state-owned German Aerospace Centre, is readying a research programme that could produce a next generation “green aircraft” from new design developments.

It has acquired an A320. “In around two years’ time, the A320 will replace the ATTAS research aircraft, which is now over 30 years old and DLR’s last VFW 614 still flying,” says Prof. Dr Sigmar Wittig, chairman of DLR. The A320 will be refitted to meet the special requirements of a research aircraft.

DLR chief of operations Heinz Finkenzeller says the A320 will become an indispensable part of German and European aviation research. ”The new research plane will help scientists perform vital future research in their bid to develop efficient, environmentally-compatible air transport. In the face of a growing volume of air traffic, th....

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