In Soesterberg-NL a unique ecosystem is found that enables state-of-the-art research and innovation on human performance under extreme conditions in (military) aerospace. It is the combination of world-class facilities, an experienced group of multidisciplinary experts with a clear scientific yet also practical vision on Human Performance, a substantial number of active research programs and a network of international air forces, knowledge partners and industries. All of this at world-class level and located within several hundreds of meters of each other in Soesterberg-NL.


The purpose of AEOLUS is to improve human performance under extreme (a-typical) conditions in military aerospace. Human performance is scoped as the performance of humans as such as well as the performance of humans in interaction with their environment (e.g. fighter, helicopter, helmet). AEOLUS focusses on the operational effectiveness of military pilots and aircrew.

For professionals in extreme operational environments like military and civil pilots, the work environment is rapidly changing from a purely physical reality into a mixture of both physical and virtual/augmented realities. We are exploring the limits of our possibilities on earth, in the skies and beyond, exposing ourselves to more extreme operating conditions than ever before.


The mission of AEOLUS on the purpose given above is to

  1. accelerate the innovation cycle through increased cooperation: more and faster access of end-users to innovative products and services;

  2. enlarge economic activities: larger turnover of research programmes, creation of jobs in the Soesterberg region and stimulate involvement (and creation) of start-ups and SMEs;

  3. increase the knowledge position and quality of facilities: internationally recognized top-3 innovation platform and the place of choice for human performance research and innovation.


AEOLUS programs are based on scientific and applied research and take everything a human operator needs for optimum performance in real and virtual environments as the starting point. It strives to take human factors research to the next level.


AEOLUS campus is adjacent to both founding institutes and provides access to unique research facilities and world class scientists.


Patron of AEOLUS is USAF Colonel (ret.) Joseph (John) Kittinger II (on the right side, joined by LtCol Ted Meeuwsen on the left). He participated in Project Manhigh and Project Excelsior in 1960, being the first man ever to be outside of a space craft in a space environment and setting a world record for the longest skydive from a height of greater than 31 kilometers. See also info and movie.

Aeolus mythology

Aeolus, a name shared by three mythical characters, was the ruler of the winds in Greek mythology.

The spiral is one of the oldest symbols used by humans. It appeared thousands of years ago in southwestern Native American tribal areas on cave walls and on ancient pottery. The single spiral is the symbol of Ho-bo-bo, the twister who manifests his power by the whirlwind.


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