Like the Netherlands itself, NLR is one of the smaller European RDT&E organisations. Approximately 700 personnel are located at two sites in the Netherlands, in Amsterdam and in Vollenhove on land reclaimed from the sea.
NLR operates in the following market segments:
- Aeronautics industry (both civil and defence)
- Air transport
- Defence government
An organisation diagram, with departments and disciplines can be found here:
- Organisation Management Team NL
- Organisation Management Team UK
Space Vehicles and Launchers at NLR
NLR's involvement in space vehicles dates way back to the beginning of the European space programme (ELDO) which has been followed by Ariane, Hermes, CTV, X-CRV/X-38, Huygens probe.
NLR Wind Tunnel Engineering
NLR Space Vehicles poster
Annual Report 2005
NLR Flyer about Sloshsat Flevo
Design and optimisation of an Ariane 5 LOX line cover
In June 2000 a two-year joint programme by Ducth Space, Centre of Lightweight Structures, and the National Aerospace Laboratory NLR was started to develop, manufacture, and qualify a demonstrator fairing (the upper LOX line cover). The aim is a 50 % reduction of the recurring costs of the LOX line cover by design optimisation and the application of a new manufacturing process.
Resin transfer moulding for space applications
Composites are being used increasingly for structural components for aircraft and space applications. Up to now, the autoclave process is the standard fabrication technique to produce these components. Recent developments show the evolution of new fabrication techniques and of composite materials for these fabrication techniques. One of these new fabrication techniques is Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM).