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EADS opens the "Innovation@Work" technology laboratory at its Ottobrunn site

EADS formally opened a hightechnology demonstration laboratory at its Ottobrunn, Germany facility today, providing a showcase for the company's leading-edge research and development in areas of security, mobility, the environment, and maintenance. The laboratory was unveiled by Dr. Jean Botti, Chief Technical Officer of EADS, in the presence of German Minister of State Siegfried Schneider, head of the Bavarian State Chancellery.

Named 'Innovation@Work', this showroom contains permanent exhibitions as well as displays that will regularly change, supported by multimedia presentations and original hardware. It features a demonstration laboratory where scientists, customers, government officials, company employees and other visitors will be informed about the latest developments from EADS. "Setting up this demonstration laboratory underlines the importance of Ottobrunn as a research location for Bavaria, and highlights its importance within EADS Innovation Works – which is our company's global research and technology network," Botti said. "The committed men and women in research, the long and growing tradition of innovation from Ottobrunn and the numerous contacts with scientific institutions in the region and throughout the world are a significant asset for us."

"The new EADS demonstration laboratory stands for research and innovation at the Ottobrunn site, underscoring the significance of Bavaria as a leading location of the aerospace industry in Germany," said Minister of State Siegfried Schneider. "Innovative technologies and ideas like those we will be seeing in future at the 'Innovation@Work' showroom are the foundation on which our prosperity and future jobs are built. The Bavarian state government shares these expectations, which is the reason why our new government programme 'Aufbruch Bayern – Familie, Bildung, Innovation' ('A new departure in Bavaria – family, education, innovation') places a strong emphasis on fostering innovation and the innovative ability of our state. Growth areas such as aerospace, biotechnology, cleantech, renewable energy and electromobility will all play an important part in this programme."

Technologies currently displayed in the demonstration laboratory include ceramic nozzles for space industry propulsion systems; rugged carbon fibre components for aircraft structures; and a typical future jetliner cabin with innovative applications such as infrared communications links for in-flight entertainment systems that reduce the amount of wiring required on aircraft. Also shown is a mobile biosensor from EADS Innovation Works capable of identifying hazardous substances in drinking water within minutes. This is a significant improvement over other systems that take up to two days for water samples to be analysed in a laboratory.

Another future-oriented topic is EADS' focus on eco-friendly fuel sources for aviation. Represented at Ottobrunn is the process of extracting fuel from microalgae, providing an alternative to fossil fuels. Microalgae need only sunlight, water, and plenty of CO2, and they reproduce rapidly – generating at least 30 times more plant matter than oilseed rape, for example.

Suspended from the Innovation@Work showroom's ceiling is the unmanned 'Sharc' helicopter, which is designed for autonomous flight operations from ships and other locations. Applications for this 200-kg. aerial vehicle include search & rescue duties, patrol missions and target identification. For these purposes, Sharc can be equipped with various sensor payloads and infrared cameras.

EADS Innovation Works is the EADS Group's global research and technology network. In addition to primary locations at Munich/Ottobrunn and Paris/Suresnes, it also has branches in Getafe, Spain; Newport, U.K.; Toulouse and Nantes, France; Hamburg, Germany; Singapore; Bangalore, India and Moscow, Russia. Altogether, the EADS Innovation Works international network employs more than 600 people.

Research and technology has a long tradition at EADS' Ottobrunn site. Aviation pioneer Ludwig Bölkow founded the technology centre for his new company in 1958. Innovative developments such as vertical take-off jet aircraft, high-pressure rocket engines and hingeless helicopter rotors paved the way for the emergence of know-how that is unparalleled anywhere in the world.

Press release issued by Airbus Group Innovations on September 10, 2010


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