Research Partner


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The Northern Light Weight Design Network is a network of small and medium-sized enterprises and research institutions from northern Germany. The aim of the network is to

  • Initiate research projects in the field of lightweight construction,
  • Acquire research funding and
  • Successfully implement these projects.

With the support of several research institutes, the companies have the ability to investigate innovative lightweight materials and production technologies in the field of fiber composites as well as metallic materials. The main goal is the production of functional and cost-effective products.

Llight Alliance

As a member of the Industry Working Group Light Design and in collaboration with leading industry partners, we develop product solutions in the field of lightweight design and construction. The weight reduction can be achieved by design improvements including the use of new methods and materials. Bionic optimized designs and laser additive manufacturing are used as an innovative key technologies to gain sustainable competitive advantage for small and medium-sized enterprises. In combination with conventional manufacturing techniques like milling, we create completely new design and manufacturing capabilities, which will turn in functional and cost-effective products.

Center of Applied Aeronautical Research - ZAL

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The ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research provides the technology and research plateau for those actively involved in the third biggest capital of civil aviation worldwide. ZAL GmbH´s partners include the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Airbus Operations GmbH, Lufthansa Technik AG, DLR e.V. and numerous other players of the aviation cluster honoured as Eccellence Cluster (“Spitzencluster”) by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education in 2008.

Following the basic idea of integration and industrialisation of aviation technologies, ZAL links industry and science, actively encourages a “think tank” culture and provides the infrastructure for research and testing. In this way, ZAL offers a significant contribution to building up a new form of scientific-technical cooperation: “Research and development under one roof”. ZAL is not in competition with its partners but serves as a platform for networking and exchange of ideas. In addition to their know-how, required competences are gradually expanded at ZAL. By combining everybody’s expertise, joint research projects can be initiated with the aim of integrating new technologies into innovative products.

QPAC is Member of the Association for the Promotion of Applied Aviation Research. The Association bundles the interests of its members within the shareholder structure of the company. It offers the possibility of infouencing decision-making processes and support discussions with the main shareholders Airbus Operations GmbH and Lufthansa Technik AG.

European Aeronautics Science Network - EASN


The EASN aims to bring the European universities with aeronautics activities into an integrated network, operating in parallel with industry and the national research establishments. The primary aim of the Association is the advancement of the aeronautics sciences and technologies.

Further aims of the EASN Association are:

  • The advancement of aeronautics technologies through innovative research and the support of European Universities, University Departments and Institutes as well as University research staff to perform aeronautics related research.
  • The support of scientific and technological cooperation and human mobility
  • The support of and the participation to activities aiming to incubate new knowledge, technological innovation and breakthrough technologies.
  • The dissemination of knowledge and technological innovation and the execution of dissemination work through its participation in national or international projects and research programs related to aerospace.
  • The support, organization and participation to activities related to scientific knowledge and technology transfer.
  • The execution of studies for the development of national and international policies on subjects related to the aims of the Association and the provision of consultancy services for the development of education, research and development policies and activities in aerospace. 
  • Collaboration with Universities, other academic Research Institutions, Research Establishments, the Industry, governmental and state authorities, the European Commission, etc. to support the aims of the Association.
  • The assignment to Universities and other entities of contract work in the frame of its activities.


University partners 

Dresden University

We are cooperating with Dresden University in the fields of flight profile optimisation, process control at airports and safety assessment in flight control and guidance. The A320 simulator at the chair of Air Transport Technology and Logistics is a complete replica of an A320 flight deck. The hardware set up is a combination of ecaFAROS and Flightdeck Solutions (FDS) components and includes all control, input and output devices. The FAA-certified software from Laminar Research is used for the simulation environment and extended by a highly detailed model of the Airbus A320, including avionics systems, flight management and guidance system (FMGCS) as well as hydraulic and electric bus systems. The model has been made available by QualityPark Aviation Center GmbH (QPAC) as part of a cooperation agreement including the model source code, providing the chair with the opportunity to make any desired adjustments to a specific aircraft systems in the context of research and development. Thus, the system is in a constant evolution. The simulator is designed as a fixed-based flight training device (FTD) and serves as a highly potential resource for the research in the field of Trajectory Management, Airport Management and Safety Assessment carried out by the chair and furthermore suitable for courses, trainings and demonstrations.

One actual project is the experimental risk analysis of safety critical socio-technical system in air traffic management.


Cranfield University / Riga Technical University


BTU Cottbus Senftenberg

  • Research Projects: Alternative Fuel


McGill University Montreal

The 3 years ”Integral back-stepping Control of an Unmanned, Unstable, Fin-less Airship” research project was based at McGill University and sponsored by a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).  The aim of the project was to advance the technology of unmanned lighter-than-air vehicles (airships) for application in safety/security surveillance & monitoring.


TH Wildau

  • Research Projects


TONGJI University Shanghai

  • Cooperation agreement
  • Joint Trainee Program

Interview with the Hamburg Shanghai Newsletter about cooperation with Tongji University


HAW Hamburg 
University of Applied Science

  • Research Projects

BWB AC20.30 VELA project