Prof. Dr. Mirko Hornung


Aircraft Design

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Hornung's research is in the area of aircraft design, integration, and evaluation. His focus is on conceptual aircraft design and the theoretical and experimental evaluation of overall system technologies in the operational context.

Professor Hornung received his doctorate in aeronautical engineering from the University of the Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces) in Neubiberg. His thesis on reusable space transport systems was awarded a research prize in 2003. From 2003 to 2009 he worked in the Military Air Systems Division of the Airbus Group (formerly EADS) on propulsion systems integration, program management and business development. In his last position he was responsible for the conceptual design of future manned and unmanned military aircraft. In a joint effort he acts as the executive director research and technology of Bauhaus Luftfahrt, an international think tank on the long term developments in aviation.


  • EADS Promotion Award (1995)

Pornet C, Gologan C, Vratny PC, Seitz A, Schmitz O, Isikveren AT, Hornung M: "Methodology for sizing and performance assessment of hybrid energy aircraft". Journal of Aircraft. 2015; 52(1): 341-352. 


Pornet C, Kaiser S, Isikveren AT, Hornung M: “Integrated Fuel-Battery Hybrid for a Narrow-Body Sized Transport Aircraft”. Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology Journal. 2014; 86(6): 568-574.


Stahl P, Sendner FM, Rößler C, Hornung M, Hermanutz A: "Mission and aircraft design of FLEXOP unmanned flying demonstrator to test flutter suppression within visual line of sight". 17th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference. Denver. 2017.


Hornung M, Isikveren AT, Cole M, Sizmann A: “Ce-Liner – Case Study for eMobility in Air Transportation”. Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference. Los Angeles. 12. August 2013.


Schmitz O, Hornung M: “Unified Applicable Propulsion System Performance Metrics”. Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. 2013; 135(11): 111201.