Kia ora is how the Māori, New Zealand's indigenous people, traditionally welcome their guests – even when said guest is a flying observatory. At 01:05 Central European Summer Time (11:05 local time) on 23 June 2017, SOFIA was greeted with Kia ora when it touched 'down under' at Christchurch Airport.
The Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe ACARE disclosed its latest Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) at the Paris Airshow on 21 June 2017. Rolf Henke, ACARE Chairman and DLR Executive Board member responsible for aeronautics research, presented the new research agenda to Clara de la Torre, Director for Transport at the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation at the European Commission.
On 21 June 2017 at the Paris Air Show, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), Airbus and the French aviation research institute ONERA signed an agreement on a strategic partnership to develop new software in the area of computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt; DLR) have signed an agreement to expand their research collaboration in the aeronautics sector.
On 20 June 2017, the European Space Agency (ESA) gave the go-ahead for the further development of the PLATO space telescope. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt; DLR) is leading the international consortium responsible for the construction and scientific operation of the space telescope.
The Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) develops robots that are intended to support and relieve humans. They are expected to enable us to interact with our environment more efficiently and safely.
Designed to return unique images of the Earth for five years, the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X has outdone itself. The satellite has been in operation for twice that time – and there is still no end in sight to its service.
These images from the HRSC Mars camera show an impact crater in the southern highlands with remarkable surface features. Unusually light-toned deposits and so-called ‘chaos terrain’ are visible inside the crater.
'Horizons' is the name of German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst's next mission. The 41-year-old geophysicist will take part in expedition 56/57, his second 'research voyage' to the International Space Station ISS, at the end of April 2018, just under a year from now. After the Belgian ESA astronaut, Frank de Winne, Gerst will be the second European to be commander of the ISS. Gerst will remain in orbit, at an altitude of almost 400 kilometres, for six months – until the end of October 2018. The name 'Horizons' symbolises the curiosity and fascination of exploring and researching the unknown.
Mars' north polar cap looks like a gigantic spiral of ice and snow. Dark troughs are interspersed with ice-clad hills. This simulated overflight of the North Pole reveals its permanent ice cap and large Chasma Boreale truogh.