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Building upon 50 years of excellent cooperation, the Joint Executive Boards of DLR and NLR are pleased to announce our renewed and strengthened cooperation. We are committed to making progress on multiple topics that are relevant to a more sustainable and resilient society. Three Memoranda of Understanding will be signed addressing unmanned aerial systems, lifecycle engineering and circularity, and electric flying. These three initiatives, together with strong cooperation in defence, flight testing and more, will take our efforts to the next level.

Decades of fruitful and long-lasting cooperation between the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the Dutch Royal NLR – Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) have driven initiatives forward that shaped European and global aviation, such as the joint German-Dutch Wind tunnels (DNW) and the creation of the European ATM Research Alliance AT-One. Our close cooperation, such as our jointly-run office in Brussels and other extensive bilateral initiatives, let us generate impact through synergy.

Three Memoranda of Understanding have been signed by DLR and NLR addressing unmanned aerial systems, lifecycle engineering and circularity, and electric flying (from left to right: DLR Divisional Board Member for Aeronautics Markus Fischer and Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the DLR Executive Board. Next to her Chief Executive Officer Michel Peters and Chief Financial Officer Leo Esselman of NLR).

Based upon common elements in the new strategies of both organisations, we confirm that we are strengthening our cooperation by increasing its scope through new initiatives such as Unmanned Aerial Systems, Perfect Electrical Flight and Lifecycle Engineering and the Circular Economy, as expressed by signing the related Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) today. Furthermore, DLR and NLR are not only aiming to step up our game in digitalizing air transport and making aviation sustainable: a safe and secure society is a common and primary goal for which neither of us can afford to tackle in splendid isolation. As such, improving cooperation in the context of defence does not merely make sense, it becomes something we see as our shared responsibility.

Today’s urgent and complex challenges demand a coordinated effort; one that strengthens the role of research organisations in the European ecosystem and that pushes everyone to go further. It is our firm belief that this lasting partnership can be instrumental in achieving that.

Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla
Chair of the DLR Executive Board
German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

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Michel Peters
Royal NLR – Netherlands Aerospace Centre

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