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MAIUS 1 – First Bose-Einstein condensate generated in space

23. January 2017

The MAIUS 1 (Matter-Wave Interferometry in Microgravity) experiment could be described as one of the most complex experiment ever flown on a sounding rocket. MAIUS 1 was launched at 03:30 Central European Time (CET) on 23 January 2016 on board a sounding rocket from the Esrange Space Center near Kiruna in northern Sweden.

Psyche – Journey to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter

18. January 2017

The asteroid 16 Psyche is the target of the NASA Discovery Programme's 14th mission. The eponymous robotic mission will be launched in 2023 and will explore a metallic asteroid for the first time in order to gain further knowledge about the formation of the Solar System and especially about the structure and development of planetary bodies.

Solarkraftwerk Khi Solar One in Südafrika

When and how is investing in a solar power plant worth it?

10. January 2017

Scientists from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with partners, have compiled a guide to calculate the yield from a solar power plant. For the first time, the guideline offers comprehensive and standardised calculation bases within the solar thermal industry that meet the high requirements of project financing.

Der Apron%2d und Tower%2dSimulator (ATS) am DLR%2dInstitut für Flugführung in Braunschweig ist Teil des Validierungszentrums Luftverkehr.

New taxiway to optimise traffic at Zurich airport

6. January 2017

Zurich airport is divided into two sections by an active runway. This centrally located runway has to be crossed by most of the arriving and departing aircraft. With the 'Rerouting runway 28' project, aircraft will use a new taxiway east of the runway, thereby considerably reducing the number of crossings to further increase safety. But can this new taxiway be operated smoothly?

Sleepless at DLR – Fatigued in the interest of research

2. January 2017

The alarm clock rings mercilessly at 07:00 sharp. Get up, shower, breakfast! Half asleep after a night that was far too short, we make our way to work in the midst of rush hour traffic and do not feel fully awake until after the second cup of coffee. Does that sound familiar?

Das Forschungsflugzeug HALO im norwegischen Kiruna

2016 at DLR - A timely discovery, popcorn floating in the sea and a visit by the German Chancellor

23. December 2016

A test simulating crashes between high-speed trains, hunting for clouds in West Africa, the maiden flight of a four-passenger fuel cell aircraft – 2016 at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has been a year of numerous research highlights.

Früher hat die DLR%2dEmpfangsanlage Informationen aus dem All empfangen. 25 Jahre später werden selbst bei extrem stürmischem Wetter Informationen an Satelliten gesendet.

Working on the eternal ice: DLR's GARS O'Higgins Antarctic station turns 25

21. December 2016

14,205 kilometres from Berlin, storms rage across the Antarctic Peninsula at speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour. Perched on the northern tip, the German Antarctic Receiving Station GARS O'Higgins, operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has defied these conditions for 25 years, operating a nine-metre antenna and staffed by a small team 365 days of the year.

Das DLR%2dForschungsflugzeug A320 ATRA (Advanced Technology Research Aircraft) ist eine moderne und flexible Flugversuchsplattform, die nicht nur größenmäßig einen neuen Maßstab für fliegende Versuchsträger in der europäischen Luftfahrtforschung setzt.

Flying around wake vortices – new system tested in flight trials

20. December 2016

When aircraft are in flight, vortices are generated behind them from the wing tips. These are known as wake vortices, and they can have safety implications for following air traffic. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has now tested the improvement of a wake vortex avoidance system in flight tests.

Spaceopal remains in charge of overall Galileo operations for another 10 years

15. December 2016

Brussels – The European satellite navigation system Galileo took another step toward future routine operations on 15 December 2016. Acting on behalf of the European Commission, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has assigned the responsibility for operating Galileo in the next 10 years to the firm Spaceopal from Munich. The contract was signed on this day in Brussels.

Colossal crater on dwarf planet Ceres

15. December 2016

The Occator crater on the dwarf planet Ceres is a real eye-catcher: with a diameter of 92 kilometres, it is larger than Tycho crater on the Moon – which appears like a bright spot when seen with the naked eye. The Occator crater's steep walls stand tall at over 2000 metres, higher than the North face of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps.

3D simulation as a helping hand for the Martian mole

9. December 2016

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will send the 'Mole' HP3 (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package) to Mars on board the United States InSight Mission on 5 May 2018 to conduct heat flow measurements. And it has just received good news: the landing site in the plains of Elysium Planitia most probably has a heat flow that is classified average, and will therefore be representative of Mars as a whole.

Flight over Mawrth Vallis

8. December 2016

Approximately 600 kilometres long and up to two kilometres deep, Mawrth Vallis is a dried-up outflow channel on our planetary neighbour Mars. The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft has imaged the valley in high resolution.

BIROS demonstrates autonomous rendezvous in space using only image data

7. December 2016

For the first time in the history of space exploration, scientists at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have demonstrated in a real space experiment how a satellite can approach a counterpart by fully autonomously, making use of only optical or vision-based navigation.

ESA Council meeting at ministerial level in Lucerne – Germany awards approximately two billion euro to space projects

2. December 2016

The highest decision-making body of the European Space Agency (ESA) met this year on 1 and 2 December at the Culture and Convention Centre (KKL) in Lucerne, Switzerland, to set the financial and programme-based course for European space travel for the coming years. Ministers in charge of space in Europe last came together exactly two years ago on 2 December 2014 in Luxembourg.

On the trail of the greenhouse gas methane – Flight test mission planned

2. December 2016

International policy-makers have set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Paris Agreement regarding climate change. Monitoring emissions will play a crucial role here. Greenhouse gas sources and sinks need to be investigated as accurately as possible in order to obtain reliable climate forecasts. In spring 2017, the research aircraft HALO (High Altitude and LOng Range Research Aircraft) is set to target carbon dioxide and methane, the two most significant greenhouse gases, with its innovative instruments, acquiring data stretching from Europe to North Africa, which is currently lacking.

Greenpeace Energy [R]evolution Brazil: DLR country study shows methods of enabling energy supply based entirely on renewables

2. December 2016

On behalf of Greenpeace International, researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have analysed what the energy supply in Brazil could be like by 2050 if the accelerated expansion of renewable energies and efficiency measures can be structured in a sustainable manner.

Plasma research on the ISS

30. November 2016

The plasma crystal experiments are among the most successful research projects on the International Space Station (ISS). The PKE-Nefedov plasma crystal laboratory was one of the first scientific research laboratories on the International Space Station (ISS).

DLR%2dRoboter David

DLRmagazine 151/152 - Is there in robots no beauty?

23. November 2016

David the robot is characterised by his clear-cut design. Its purpose is to emphasise his capabilities and avoid any confusion about his limitations, explains his designer, Tilo Wüsthoff. The last issue of the DLRmagazine in 2016 profiles the designer, who has a somewhat atypical job at DLR.

An icy surprise on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

18. November 2016

The Rosetta mission reached the end of its observation phase in late September when the orbiter touched down spectacularly on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gersimenko. By then, it had spent 4595 days in space, and had travelled 7.9 billion kilometres, performed a total of six fly-bys past Earth, Mars and two asteroids and accompanied Comet 67P during its journey through the Solar System on a mission lasting more than two years.

Four in one go – Ariane brings Galileo satellites into their orbits for the first time

17. November 2016

Antonianna, Lisa, Kimberley and Tijmen – those are the names of the four Galileo satellites launched on 17 November 2016, at precisely 14:06 CET, for the first time with a specially adapted version of the European heavyweight carrier Ariane 5 from the European spaceport in French Guiana.

 
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