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.