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Year 2012

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Navigation through vibration: VibroTac supports the blind and visually impaired

25. September 2012

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has developed VibroTac (Vibrotactile Feedback), a device to support blind and visually impaired people in their daily lives.

Robot control by neural signals wins award

20. September 2012

A robotic arm controlled entirely by the thoughts of a paraplegic woman – to accomplish this, Patrick van der Smagt from DLR and John P. Donoghue from Brown University in the USA 'networked' expertise from their two research disciplines, robotics and neuroscience.

Capturing defective satellites in space – DLR awards contract to Astrium

13. September 2012

A service satellite captures an uncontrollable satellite in space, repairs or refuels it and, at the end of the mission, ensures that the defective satellite is disposed of in a controlled manner. Something that sounds like science fiction is now a step closer to reality.

A tour of the DLR stand at ILA 2012

A tour of the DLR stand at ILA 2012

13. September 2012

The ILA Berlin Airshow 2012 Berlin opened on 11 September 2012. The German Aerospace Center stand is extremely varied and complete, covering topics from aeronautics, to materials in space through to civil security.

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Interview with Johann-Dietrich Wörner at ILA 2012

12. September 2012

Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board, in an interview on DLR at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2012.

DLR and NASA announce partnership in aeronautics research

11. September 2012

On 11 September 2012 at the ILA Berlin Air Show, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced a future collaboration in the field of aeronautics research.

DLR next generation: knowledge for tomorrow at ILA 2012

11. September 2012

At the International Aerospace Exhibition 2012 in Berlin, DLR will be displaying their research in the aerospace sector with more than 70 exhibits at the DLR stand (Hall 4), the Space Pavilion, the open-air area and the static display.

DLR Magazine - now also for iPad and Android

10. September 2012

The countdown has begun! In this issue of the DLR Magazine we took a look at volcanic ash under a microscope, shared the excitement of scientists as SHEFEX II prepared for launch, caught a glimpse of Alexander Gerst's training for his upcoming mission in 2014 and went all the way to Poland to visit the kings of aircraft at their final destination.

Air travel of the future – aircraft with no leading-edge slats will be quieter and more environment-friendly

7. September 2012

Every year, there is a six percent increase in the volume of air traffic. To make air travel more environment-friendly and quieter, researchers at DLR, together with partners Airbus, EADS Innovation Works and Cassidian Air Systems, have been carrying out research to reduce the aerodynamic drag of aircraft and have developed an alternative to the traditional leading-edge slat.

Hadley Crater – closing in on the Martian interior

6. September 2012

Hadley Crater on Mars has been subject to several impacts by large asteroids in the course of its history. The 'craters within a crater' formed in this way give us a view over two kilometres into the Martian crust.

Airborne observatory and electronic noses – DLR presents new space developments at ILA

5. September 2012

From the magnificent Vinci upper stage engine to the small but important MOSFET circuit board for the flight to asteroid 1993 JU3 – DLR will be showcasing new developments in space technology at its stand during the ILA Berlin Air Show 2012 from 11 to 16 September.

Abschied von Asteroid Vesta

Parting ways with Vesta

30. August 2012

A giant impact crater on its south pole; deep grooves around its equator; dark material on the craters that puzzles planetary researchers; and a mountain more than twice the height of Mount Everest.

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Safer, cleaner and lighter: DLR demonstrates developments for the aviation of tomorrow at ILA 2012

28. August 2012

Microscopic holes in the outer skin of an aircraft, wings with elastically deforming leading edges and steep approach flights - these are just some of the innovations from DLR for the future of aviation.

Moles, crabs and Moon dust: DLR at the ILA Space Pavilion

24. August 2012

Satellites with electric propulsion, a 'mole' for exploring the Martian subsurface, a mobile robot that moves sideways like a crab, a pinch of Moon dust and a hands-on medical experiment.

Das Marsinnere

NASA selects DLR experiment for InSight mission to Mars

21. August 2012

After the successful landing of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, NASA has selected one more lander mission to Mars. The InSight mission will reach Mars in September 2016, after a six-month journey; it has been designed to take a 'look' into the deep interior of the Red Planet; it will do this with geophysical experiments including DLR's HP3, which will penetrate several metres into the Martian subsurface to measure the soil's thermo-physical and electrical properties.

Flying auditorium and robotic microsurgery

16. August 2012

The future of aerospace will be showcased by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) at the International Aerospace Exhibition (Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung; ILA) in Berlin, from 11 to 16 September 2012.


Radiation measurements with 'Curiosity'

3. August 2012

A mere seven minutes on 6 August 2012 will decide whether the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) will be successful. Then, the 900-kilogram capsule enclosing the Curiosity rover will begin decelerating 125 kilometres above the Martian surface before being lowered on cables by a rocket-powered 'sky crane'.

From 'dwarf' research to Institute management – Christine Arlt

26. July 2012

For years, Christine Arlt manipulated the tiniest of particles – 'nanos'. Today, the 32-year-old researcher is Deputy Director of the Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

European data centre for GMES Sentinel satellites at DLR

24. July 2012

The ground segment for GMES is starting to take shape; the German Aerospace Center's Remote Sensing Data Center in Oberpfaffenhofen will be the European data centre for GMES satellites Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3.


Flagship event for remote sensing – IGARSS 2012 opens

23. July 2012

The most important conference in the world on geoscience and remote sensing has begun – some 2400 experts from more than 70 countries will be guests at the International Congress Center in Munich until 27 July 2012. The focus of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) will be on new applications, integrated Earth observation systems, satellite image processing methods, as well as ongoing and future satellite missions. The conference looks to the future in areas at the boundaries of its specialisations and has become an annual highlight in the events calendar. IGARSS 2012 has been jointly organised by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).