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Video: Omegahab test in Moscow

18. April 2013

The scientific payload on BION-M1 includes two experiments funded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR); biologists and zoologists from the Universities of Erlangen and Hohenheim have developed a two-chamber aquarium for 'Omegahab'. This is a mini-ecosystem designed to function as a bioregenerative life support system in microgravity, with its own nutrient and gas exchange. Furthermore, the German scientists are working in close collaboration with Russian researchers, and with the support of DLR; at the IBMP (Institute of Biomedical Problems) in Moscow, the two Omegahab flight models – one that is on board BION-M1 in space, the other on the ground as a reference – have been tested, filled and flown to Baikonur by the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Video: Quantum key transmission experiment in Oberpfaffenhofen

2. April 2013

For the first time, researchers have managed to transmit a quantum key from a fast-moving object. The quantum data was sent from an aircraft to a ground station via a laser beam. Key exchange based on quantum mechanics is considered to be absolutely secure against eavesdropping.

Video: First robot-based flight simulator

27. March 2013

Pilot training in the world's first robot-based flight simulator - developed by DLR in cooperation with Grenzebach Maschinenbau and KUKA.

Video: SpaceLiner with Martin Sippel and Olga Trivailo

20. February 2013

In this video, project manager Dr. Martin Sippel and his Australian Monash University PhD candidate, Olga Trivailo from the DLR Institute of Space Systems in Bremen, introduce the SpaceLiner and answer the most important questions about this visionary and cutting edge project.

As a new kind of range extender, the free-piston linear generator (FKLG) makes electric vehicles more flexible

19. February 2013

Flexibility in respect of fuel types, compact dimensions and high efficiency combined with low emissions – these properties characterise the free-piston linear generator (FKLG), the brainchild of engineers at DLR. This animated film (in German) provides an insight into the way this new kind of range extender works.

Animation: Air being blown out of a rotor blade

29. January 2013

Air is forced outwards through small holes in the rotor blades, which reduces the amount of harmful turbulence when stalling occurs. This enables the pitching moments exerted on the rotor blades – that restrict performance – to be substantially reduced.

Space Pavilion at ILA 2012

Webcast: A tour of the Space Pavilion at ILA 2012

14. September 2012

This webcast presents some of the 28 projects on display at this exhibition.

Webcast: A tour of the DLR stand at ILA 2012

13. September 2012

A tour of the DLR stand at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2012.

Webcast: Interview with Johann-Dietrich Wörner at ILA 2012

12. September 2012

Video: DLR Magazine - now also for iPad and Android

10. September 2012

As of now, the DLR Magazine is also available free of charge for your tablet, be it iPad or Android. Take a look at this short video, see how it works, get curious, download.

Music by Eigenheimer/, CC-BY-SA.

Video – the best of Dawn’s year at Vesta

27. August 2012

From the more than 28,000 images acquired by Dawn between July 2011 and August 2012, DLR scientists computed a global digital surface model of Vesta. Ralf Jaumann, head of DLR's Dawn scientific team, explains a few spectacular observations with the help of this virtual flight over Vesta. The animation was computed by DLR using the highest resolution images acquired on this mission, and shows details down to a size of just 70 metres.

Video: HP3 experiment will measure the heat flow in the interior of Mars. Source: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).

21. August 2012

The next mars mission will reach the Red Planet in 2016 to take a 'look' into the deep interior. 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.

Animation: Virtual flight around Gale Crater

3. August 2012

Using images acquired by the High Resolution Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, DLR researchers have created a 3D virtual flight over the landing site of the Mars Science Laboratory in the 150-kilometre-sized Gale Crater. The landing scenario is also visible at the end.


Video: The participant is able to drink using the DLR robot arm

15. May 2012

Almost 15 years after being paralysed by a stroke, a 58-year-old US-American woman was once again able to serve herself a drink of coffee. This was possible thanks to a state-of-the-art DLR robot arm and hand that she controlled with neural signals sent directly from her brain.

Animation: Virtual flight over asteroid Vesta (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

8. May 2012

Even though it doesn't quite qualify as a 'proper planet, the second most massive asteroid in the Solar System, Vesta - which has a diameter of approximately 530 kilometres - exhibits numerous planetary characteristics.

Video: Global atlas for Wind and Solar Energy. Credit: DLR/Solar Millennium.

25. April 2012

The first Global Atlas for Solar and Wind Energy provides open access to information about where solar and wind energy can best be exploited, and is set to accelerate the development of renewable energy sources.

Video: Migratory locusts in a wind tunnel

24. April 2012

Locusts in the wind tunnel, recorded in real-time. Green laser light makes wing positions visible. This knowledge is bringing engineers closer to the point where they can build miniature aircraft that fly like insects.

Flug über die Mondoberfläche

Animation: Flight over the lunar surface

17. April 2012

This animation, partly in true colour and also using false colours to reveal the topography, is based on image data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and a global topographic model of the Moon's surface computed by DLR.

Phobos und Jupiter in einer Linie (Konjunktion)

Animation: Phobos and Jupiter in alignment (conjunction)

20. December 2011

On 1 June 2011, Mars Express carried out a special manoeuvre to observe a conjunction between Phobos and Jupiter. The animation shows Phobos moving from right to left through the camera’s field of view, then – outside this sequence of images – disappearing behind Mars. At the same time, Mars Express was approaching apoapsis – the furthest point from Mars in its orbit. At the moment that Mars Express, Phobos and Jupiter were aligned, the distance between Mars Express and Phobos was 11,389 kilometres, and another 529 million kilometres to Jupiter. This means that Jupiter was almost 50,000 times as far from Mars Express as Phobos, which is the reason why in this foreshortened perspective the largest planet in the Solar System, with a diameter of 140,000 kilometres, appears significantly smaller than the Martian moon located almost directly in front of the camera lens. While Mars Express and Phobos were continually moving forwards, the Super Resolution Channel (SRC) in the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) remained fixed on Jupiter. The image sequence contains a total of 104 separate images, taken within 68 seconds. The observation and simultaneous determination of the exact time at which Jupiter moved behind the Martian moon were used to improve the orbital data for Phobos. A motion de-blurring algorithm from the Chinese University of Hong Kong was used to improve the image quality (subtract the motion blurring). These improved SRC images were used for the animation. However, the images were moved horizontally by one pixel to fill in the gaps. Furthermore, the contrast was altered slightly. The shown animation was generated at the Institute for Geological Sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin and published there as 'Highlights of the Month' in 2011. They present special Mars products obtained using the HRSC camera on board Mars Express.

Animation: Flight over the central part of Valles Marineris. Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum).

20. December 2011

This animation shows a flight over the region of the Chasmata Melas, Candor and Ophir in the central part of Valles Marineris. ‘Chasma’ (= Greek for "fissure/canyon", plural ‘chasmata’) refers to deep valleys and canyons on Mars and Venus bound by steep cliff faces. Valles Marineris is a huge rift valley system over 4000 kilometres in length, 200 kilometres wide and up to 11 kilometres deep. Images from 13 HRSC orbits were used for the sequence shown. The graphics were generated using the LightWave software package. Because of the size of the original mosaic (25 metres per pixels for the image data from the nadir channel, the HRSC camera system channel directed vertically onto the surface of Mars), the mosaic needed to be down-sampled to 50 metres per pixel for the image data animation. The shown animation was generated at the Institute for Geological Sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin and published there as 'Highlights of the Month' in 2011. They present special Mars products obtained using the HRSC camera on board Mars Express.

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