The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research center of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, digitalisation and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.
In addition to its own research, as Germany’s Space Agency (DLR Space Administration) DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. Main sponsor of the DLR Space Agency is the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.
In the German Space Programme ‘Research in Weightlessness’ Parabolic Flights provide an important research platform beside droptowers, sounding rockets, satellites and space stations. The DLR Space Administration is a regular user of parabolic flights for biological, human physiological, physical and materials sciences research as well as technological tests.
In 2014, DLR helped Novespace to buy the aircraft previously used by the German Chancellors for their official flights, which then became the Airbus A310 Zero G.