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VR at Rolls Royce: how to test engines that don’t yet exist as hardware

Whoever gets out at the last stop of the S2 in Blankenfelde on the way from Berlin to Rolls Royce in Dahlewitz has left the big city far behind them. Only the planes in the sky taking off and landing at nearby Schoenefeld give a hint of the proximity to Berlin. The multicultural composition of the people arriving in Dahlewitz is striking. They all have a common goal: the Rolls Royce factory in Dahlewitz, just a 15-minute bus journey away, is located on a huge site with several large halls. 2,800 people from 50 nations are working there. The plant for the construction of aircraft engines was founded in 1990, immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as a joint venture with BMW. Ten years later, BMW then made an exit from the venture. Since then, the plant in Dahlewitz has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rolls Royce in England. Some of the engines built in Dahlewitz are installed in the aircraft that now fly over Dahlewitz.