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This is the right place to get to know the ZAL TechCenter better! Discover the research center on a virtual tour and learn more about our topics, infrastructure, and cooperation partners.

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Self-taught Robots (AIARA)

he aviation industry is increasingly relying on automation and manufacturing robots to address the increase in production rates as well as the shortage of skilled workers. In contrast to the automotive industry, production volumes in aircraft manufacturing are relatively low, so establishing rigid production lines would be inefficient. The AIARA research project, therefore, investigates the possibility of using manufacturing robots with minimal effort in different areas. AI-based approaches should enable them to independently acquire new tasks.


ZAL Discourse: “Hydrogen Takes Off”

How can drones be certified? What business models offer new opportunities for drone operators? And how can UAVs be used to test new technologies with minimal risk? These and other questions were the focus of the ZAL event "Hydrogen Takes Off"


Interview: Drones with Hydrogen Propulsion and Other High-Tech Research

Drones have a wide range of applications for transportation and surveillance tasks. A limiting factor in their operational times has so far been the battery electric drives. A new generation of revolutionary drones with fuel cells is currently being developed at the ZAL in Hamburg. The research location in focus. An interview by Oliver Schenk, Hydrogen Marketing Manager of the Renewable Energy Hamburg (EEHH) cluster, with Miriam Flügger, Head of Corporate Communications at ZAL Center for Applied Aviation Research.


Behind the Scenes: Open Tech Lab at ZAL

From AI to Hydrogen: Last week, ZAL GmbH opened its laboratory doors to provide insights into current aviation research. The event was well attended and attracted numerous aviation enthusiasts.


(10 partners) on the way to the cabin of the future

What will the cabin components of the future look like? In the research project LiBio (Lightweight Bionic Aircraft Interior), an international consortium, with partners from Germany, Austria, and Canada, delved into this exact question. Their goal: the development of a pioneering and functional cabin component. We spoke to Dr. Patrick Cordes and Dr. Jan-Ole Kühn from the ZAL Advanced Manufacturing Team to understand what this means.


Flying Prototype

Together with the Hessian drone manufacturer Wingcopter, we successfully conducted the maiden flight of our jointly developed hydrogen-powered drone. What makes it special: the hydrogen-fueled prototype took off for the first time under real conditions from an airfield near Stade.


All about AI

What role does AI play today and in the future in aviation? And to what extent are AI applications safe enough for the safety-conscious aviation industry? These questions were the focus of a week dedicated to AI at ZAL. In three events, experts presented insights into the current state of research, current use cases, and forecasts for future applications.


iPREFER – Bringing Sustainability to Series Production

Fuel cells play a key role on the path to sustainable aviation. By the year 2035, the first commercially operated hydrogen-powered aircraft should be ready on the runways. However, there are still some challenges to overcome before reaching this point. Fuel cells (FC) are complex systems, and their design and production are quite demanding. To ensure that aircraft can take off in the future with these innovative propulsion systems, FC systems must be available in sufficient quantities and at appropriate production costs.


Future-Ready Cabins: ZAL Endpoint Family

Cabin digitization has not advanced as much as passengers and airlines wish. There is a significant need for tools that facilitate the digital transformation of the cabin. To address this, we have developed the Endpoint family.


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