Technical innovations and innovative research are driving the aviation industry forward. In the home of the aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal, there are several institutes that are helping to shape this change. In the aerospace research and development landscape in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the focus is predominantly on lightweight construction, plastics technology, fiber and plastic composites, and new materials.
The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Large Structures in Production Engineering IGP in Rostock is increasingly conducting research in the areas of materials and production engineering. Their main focus is on optimizing composite fiber structures.
The Institute of Polymer Technology (IPT) in Wismar regularly tests the properties of new composite plastics in its high-tech laboratories, cooperating constantly with industry executives. There is a particularly close exchange with regional companies. Many years of experience and modern equipment characterize the facilities. Together with Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH and wetransform, the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD) in Rostock is coordinating a research project on the integration of drones into airspace. The focus of this fAIRport project is the development of an open geodata platform.
The Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP) is one of the world's leading research institutes in the field of plasma physics, their fundamentals and technical applications. With currently about 200 scientists, engineers and other specialists, the INP is the largest non-university research institute on low-temperature plasmas in Europe. Research topics related to aerospace include plasma surface modification and thermal plasma technologies.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Neustrelitz is involved navigation and satellite reception. About 110 employees work at the German Remote Sensing Data Center, the Remote Sensing Technology Institute, the Institute for Communication and Navigation and the Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics. As part of its efforts to develop young scientists, DLR also operates a School Lab at the site.
With its research institutions and companies, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a state full of aerospace pioneers.