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German Aerospace Center (DLR)

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, digitalisation and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. DLR has more than 8000 employees at 20 locations in Germany. It particularly has experience in aeronautics research and development, analyses and simulation, testing with large research facilities and flight testing. Three DLR institutes are involved in this project: the Institute of Flight Systems (Braunschweig), the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (Oberpfaffenhofen), and the Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems (Braunschweig).

DLR's aircraft icing know-how and experience comprises measurement of atmospheric icing conditions, detection of ice accretion on the airframe, modelling and evaluating icing effects on aerodynamic properties and flight performance.
Based on its profound expertise in system identification DLR developed a novel robust ice detection methodology for the early detection of icing related flight performance degradation.

Coordinator -  Dipl.-Ing. Carsten Schwarz
Dipl.-Ing. Carsten Schwarz

Carsten Schwarz is leading the flight mechanics group at the DLR Institute of Flight Systems, Department of Flight Dynamics and Simulation. 
He was involved in numerous DLR-internal, German, European (including EC FP6, FP7, SESAR and SESAR 2020) and international projects, including project management activities. He supported rulemaking activities (wake turbulence re-categorisation) and international standardisation.