What drives the mobility of tomorrow? What alternative energy options will be available for aviation in the long term? Which power and system technologies will further improve the efficiency of future aircraft concepts, and will these lead to completely new designs? What impact will information technologies have on future products and their development processes? In light of these and other questions, as a research institution, Bauhaus Luftfahrt analyses major driving forces, new technological approaches, and innovative ideas and integrates them into holistic solutions for aviation.
For more than a decade, Bauhaus Luftfahrt is studying topics from very different perspectives in the sense of a think tank: The 39 scientists with professional expertise in their field areas of social sciences and economics, nature and engineering sciences as well as informatics identify and assess promising approaches and develop them, frequently in collaboration with national and international partners, as a basis for new product ideas and concepts. Bauhaus Luftfahrt is thereby playing a key pioneering role – as a think tank, a research institution, and an impulse generator for experts, the public, and politicians.
According to all forecasts, the civil aviation fleet will triple by 2050. The goals of 75 % less CO2 emissions, considerably reduced NOx emissions and noise compared to 2000 are expressed in Flightpath 2050. From the growth in air traffic, the Flightpath 2050 goals, and the long product life cycles of aircraft of up to 60 years, Bauhaus Luftfahrt derives its task of going far beyond the boundaries of conventional technologies and materials and of studying new aspects. Here, no predictions can or should be made on what the next product will be. Instead, scientists are searching for new technologies and materials, showing their relevance for future developments, and raising awareness of wherein the potential for aviation lies. The knowledge gained in this way offers numerous incentives to think differently and participate in discussions – and all of that is outside the existing conventional research and development landscape. The approach, to first let an idea arise in an interdisciplinary creative process and then check it in a scientifically sound manner for its applicability, makes Bauhaus Luftfahrt unique as a research institution in Germany and Europe.
Bauhaus Luftfahrt e. V. was founded in November 2005 by the three aerospace companies Airbus, Liebherr-Aerospace and MTU Aero Engines as well as the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy. The source of the name was Staatliches Bauhaus, the interdisciplinary art, design, and architecture school by Walter Gropius in the Weimar and Dessau of the 1920s. Since 2012, IABG Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft has rounded out the circle of renowned industrial partners. Since 2015, Bauhaus Luftfahrt has been based on Ludwig Bölkow Campus in Taufkirchen near Munich, whose founding partner it is.