NLR attaches great importance to the training and development of (future) staff. Knowledge has to be updated constantly and clients expect NLR to be in the vanguard of innovative knowledge development. NLR fulfils these expectations by stimulating staff to continually develop their knowledge and skills in their chosen field. NLR also accumulate knowledge by seconding staff to (international) clients. This ensures that NLR's knowledge is developed on site and that the client's requirements are accurately conveyed to colleagues back at NLR.
NLR researchers received a prestigious award from National Instruments (NI), a leading global player in the field of measurement and testing equipment. Presented during the NIweek 2014 in Austin, the award acknowledges the remarkable achievements of researchers working with NI technology. NLR won the award in the 'Physical Test and Monitoring' category, for the design and development of an advanced system that analyses acoustic profiles for a new Airbus aircraft.
NLR researchers were presented with the Scientific Achievement Award 2014 at the NATO Science and Technology Organization meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia. Established in 1989, this award acknowledges excellence in scientific research in the field of aviation technology and aviation system applications.
The NLR team received the award for their exceptional contribution in recent years to the Technical Group AVT-174 Qualification and Structural Design Guidelines for Military UAVs.
NLR's contribution to this Technical Group consisted of researching guidelines to be formulated for the design and certification of military UAVs.
NLR also received an award from the European Space Agency (ESA) for its involvement in the development of the Galileo satellite navigation system. At the end of 2013, an NLR laboratory plane became the first aircraft to determine its position with the aid of Galileo signals. The aircraft's latitude, longitude and altitude were determined using signals from the first four Galileo satellites, allowing the test aircraft's position to be tracked throughout the flight. This was the first time Europe used its own, independent satellite navigation system to ascertain an aircraft's position in flight.
After spending four years doing PhD research at NLR, Michael Arntzen successfully defended his dissertation to obtain his doctorate. His dissertation titled ‘Aircraft noise calculation and synthesis in a non-standard atmosphere' studies the influence of climatic conditions (in the Netherlands) on aircraft noise contours and aircraft noise synthesis. The latter is a relatively new method that allows calculated results to be made audible and experienced in NLR's Virtual Community Noise Simulator (VCNS).
Martien Oppeneer also successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled 'Sound propagation in lined ducts with parallel flow', which sought an efficient means to calculate sound propagation in a cylindrical duct with a layered flow, in terms of both speed and temperature.