RWTH - Aachen University

RWTH Aachen University is the largest university of technology in Germany. The proximity of Aachen to the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg and the subsequent exposure to a variety of cultural heritages has placed the university in a unique position with regard to the reflection and promotion of international aspects and intensive interaction with other universities. RWTH Aachen University is receiving funding for all three funding lines within the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. With this funding, the RWTH is provided a unique and valuable opportunity to substantially sharpen its scientific profile and to orient itself towards its core competences in top-level research.

The main research of the Institute of Flight System Dynamics at RWTH Aachen University is modeling, identification, automation, optimization and simulation of aircraft and spacecraft, especially for unconventional configurations. For more than 30 years the experimental methods of manned and unmanned free flight and wind tunnel testing have been continuously expanded. Since more than ten years one focus is on the research field of micro aerial vehicles (MAV) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Several projects were accomplished e.g. for the BMWA (Bundesministerium fur Wirtschaft und Arbeit), EADS-IW, DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and various internal projects. The Institute of Flight System Dynamics participated in several MAV competitions within the last years with extraordinarily results. To accomplish these tasks, the institute is equipped with a wind tunnel, a free flight and electronic laboratory and comprehensive free flight equipment. As a result of the numerous concepts and designs of unmanned aerial vehicles in the last years a lot of experience in this field of application has been demonstrated. In the conception stage several tools e.g. numerical or semi-empirical methods as well as wind tunnel measurements are used. In the realisation stage the Institue of Flight System Dynamics can refer to experiences in construction and the use of miscellaneous assembly methods, materials and components.