5 questions to Daniela Schob, scientist at BTU Cottbus

Portraits - Pioneers of the aerospace industry and political decision-makers provide personal insights and their assessment of current industry trends.

1    What are your personal expectations for #ILA22 – what are you most looking forward to?

I find it fascinating how quickly the aerospace industry is evolving. Due to the break cuased by the pandemic-, there will be many new aircraft and technologies to discover at the ILA 2022. I’m especially excited about the “Advanced Air Mobility” section, which will feature new delivery drones and air taxis.

2    What key trends do you currently see in the aerospace industry?

The possibilities travelling long distances in shorter time is part of today’s quality of life, which must be secured through alternative drive solutions, also in view of the climate crisis. In order to exploit the potential of hybrid-electric and electric propulsion systems in the short and medium-range sectors, the technologies must be researched, built and tested.  The research institute Center for Hybrid Electric Systems Cottbus (Chesco) will make a significant contribution to achieving this goal. In the first phase, the research institute will focus on propulsion systems for aviation to enable the “flying of the future”. In addition, it will also drive innovations for hybrid-electrical and electrical systems of other areas of application.

3    What is the best decision of your professional career? What advice would you give to the younger generation when it comes to choosing a career in aerospace?

The best decision the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg made was to initiate the project Chesco two years ago. Our advice to the younger generation is: be mindful of your fellow human beings and the environment, get to the bottom of things, never lose you curiosity and don’t let setbacks discourage you!

4    If you could meet one famous aerospace personality – living or from history: Who would it be and why?

An extraordinary aerospace personality I would have liked to meet is Theodore von Kármán. In addition to his important work on plasticity theory, he discovered one of the most important phenomena in aerodynamic- the Kármán vortex streets.

5    Which concrete contribution does you research institute deliver in relation to sustainability, innovation and technologies? 

As the only technical university in the state of Brandenburg, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg has been working on future topics in the field of aviation for over 20 years. With the Chesco research center, which is currently being established, we will research and develop sustainable, climate-neutral hybrid-electric and electric drive systems for aviation. For this, Chesco is cooperating with the DLR Institute for Electrified Aerospace Propulsion Sytems, various Fraunhofer Institutes and Access e.V. from Aachen.

Daniela Schob