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First ignition for Europe's most powerful rocket engine, the Vulcain 2.1

23. January 2018

The new Vulcain 2.1 engine, which is set to carry the new European launcher Ariane 6 into space in 2020, is intended to achieve greater efficiency at lower costs. However, before such a launch can be successfully carried out, the development engines must prove that they can cope with the enormous 130-ton thrust, temperatures of approximately 3000 degrees Celsius in the combustion chamber, the high rotational speeds of the turbo pumps and the pressure in the propellant lines.

Ansicht des World Water Quality Portals

DLR spin-off EOMAP launches an online portal for UNESCO programme

22. January 2018

On 22 January 2018, EOMAP GmbH & Co. KG, a spin-off of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), presented its online portal for water quality data for all inland and coastal waters worldwide at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

The Neukum Crater on Mars - Martian crater named after German planetary scientist

18. January 2018

The latest images acquired by the HRSC camera show the Neukum impact crater. This crater was named after the German physicist and planetary scientist Gerhard Neukum, who passed away in 2014. Neukum was the person behind the HRSC.

NASA and DLR investigate the impact of aviation on the climate - joint flight tests on alternative fuel emissions

12. January 2018

In January 2018, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are set to conduct joint research flights in Germany for the first time. The focus will be on alternative fuel emissions and the characterisation of ice crystals in condensation trails (contrails), using biofuel as an example.

Entladung in der Antarktis

Arrival on the eternal ice - EDEN ISS greenhouse reaches the Antarctic

11. January 2018

With the arrival and unloading of the EDEN ISS greenhouse at the edge of the Antarctic ice shelf, the construction process has begun. "We can hardly wait, as our four-person construction team set foot on the Antarctic continent before Christmas," says EDEN-ISS Project Manager Daniel Schubert.

A look back at 2017 - The largest artificial Sun in the world, seven new institutes and a new DLR strategy

21. December 2017

In 2017, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) – in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) - committed to a new strategy that targets long-term future goals.

Integrating air taxis and freight drones flexibly into urban airspace

21. December 2017

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has developed a ground-breaking concept that brings unmanned aircraft of all classes together with conventional aeroplanes and helicopters within urban airspace and beyond for the very first time.

Robot ballet in record time: a world first – lightweight wings manufactured using two synchronised robots

20. December 2017

Lightweight and therefore kerosene-saving wings made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) are already being used in the quiet, fuel-efficient flagship Airbus A350. But production has been extremely expensive and time-consuming thus far, because only one robotic laying unit stacks carbon fibres layer by layer, until a wing shell is formed.

Waldbrände in Kalifornien

FireBIRD monitors forest fires in California

20. December 2017

Emergency services in the US state of California are still fighting fierce forest fires. Severe drought and strong winds have allowed the fires to spread. The FireBIRD (Fire Bispectral InfraRed Detector) mission run by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) consists of a pair of satellites – TET-1 (Technology Experiment Carrier) and BIROS (Bispectral Infrared Optical System).

Lightweight aircraft engines of the future

19. December 2017

Making good things even better – long-term partners MTU Aero Engines, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and GKN Aerospace Engine Systems have been working together within the European research programme Clean Sky 2 to optimise an engine compression system of and make it lighter.

Smart phone-sized experiments on the ISS

15. December 2017

On 15 December at 16:36 CET (10:36 local time), the US Dragon CRS 13 capsule was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) from Cape Canaveral (Florida) by a Falcon 9 rocket.

OHB and Arianespace reach agreement: Heinrich Hertz to be launched aboard Ariane 5

15. December 2017

It is the end of 2021: the German communications satellite and technology demonstrator Heinrich Hertz has been mounted on an Ariane 5 rocket in the final assembly hall, Bâtiment d’Assemblage Final (BAF), at the European Spaceport in French Guiana and is being rolled towards the launch pad, freshly fuelled.

Unmanned Freight Operations

15. December 2017

Use of unmanned aircraft is steadily increasing, especially in the freight transport sector – and hey are becoming increasingly important. In future, freight aircraft could increasingly be controlled from the ground.

Mars upside down

14. December 2017

This unusual image, acquired by the Mars High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), shows a view of the northern hemisphere of Mars from the Martian north polar ice cap, situated at the bottom, up to the Martian equator at the horizon. It was taken for calibration of the camera in June this year.

The Galileo satellites 'Nicole', 'Zofia', 'Alexandre' and 'Irina' are in Earth orbit

13. December 2017

On 12 December 2017 at 19:36 Central European Time (15:36 local time), the 'Nicole', 'Zofia', 'Alexandre' and 'Irina' satellites of the European Galileo satellite navigation system were launched to space on board an Ariane 5 launcher from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

DLR and Japan sign collaboration agreement on climate research

12. December 2017

Around the time of the Paris climate summit on 12 December 2017, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japanese National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) signed a collaboration agreement regarding remote sensing of greenhouse gases.

A better understanding of geo-risks – focusing on the Andes

7. December 2017

More and more people around the world are flocking to cities, creating densely populated regions. This also means that natural disasters pose a threat to a greater number of people, and that risk has been rising for decades worldwide.

First innovative DLR rotor blade headed for load testing

7. December 2017

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have completed the first innovative rotor blade as part of the SmartBlades2 project. The rotor blade with a length of 20 metres can passively adapt to varying wind conditions using bending torsion coupling.

Sentinel-5P - a quantum leap in atmospheric observation

1. December 2017

The first satellite images from the Sentinel-5 precursor were presented at the Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen on 1 December 2017.

DLRmagazine 156 - journey through inner space

30. November 2017

The inner values revealed in this year's last DLRmagazine say something about the resilience of components. But as is the case with inner values, they are not readily disclosed. The information is cleverly obtained from the material, by means of three-dimensional digital images of the pores in material alloys, for example.

 
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