Researchers at DLR have started operating a receiver test facility on the tower of the solar power plant in Jülich. In a solar power plant, solar radiation is converted into heat in the receiver.
We all want energy to be available when we need it. During German Aerospace Day, energy researchers at DLR will demonstrate how innovative storage devices can be used to efficiently harness energy.
Aerospace research covers a broad spectrum of activities – missions to celestial bodies are just as much a part of it as checking the health of astronauts or experimenting in microgravity on parabolic flights.
The first tickets have already been sold to space tourists – the passengers, however, will not be as fit or healthy as astronauts, but rather people with greatly varying health conditions. This is why scientists at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and physicians from Witten/Herdecke University have come together to analyse the prevalent risks in a pilot study. Using a long-arm centrifuge, they subject participants to 15 minutes of the forces that space tourists would encounter during takeoff and landing. The aim of the study is to determine the influence of increased gravity on blood coagulation.
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is building up its resources for investigating environment-friendly gas turbines and to this end has teamed up with industrial partners Alstom and Rolls-Royce. On 14 August 2013, the three partners attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a modern, globally unique combustor test facility. This signals the start of some 47 million euros of investment in the expansion of the infrastructure at DLR’s Cologne site. The aim of this collaboration is to further increase the efficiency of combustors and at the same time to significantly reduce exhaust gas and noise emissions from gas turbines. Starting in mid-2014, the new high-pressure combustor test facility (Hochdruckbrennkammerprüfstand 5; HBK5) will be used to perform combustor tests that contribute towards the development of future generations of aircraft engines and power generation turbines.
Recently, we at the German Aerospace Center DLR and our partner European Space Agency ESA rebranded our SpaceTweetup concept as SocialSpace. Now it's time for our first SocialSpace. We are inviting 60 of our followers on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other platforms to a 'SocialSpace' as part of German Aerospace Day, on 22 September in Cologne, Germany.
Space Tweetups by the German Aerospace Center, DLR, and the European Space Agency ESA are becoming even more social. Originally conceived as real-life meetups of Twitter followers, they will now be open to participants from all social media channels, and thus called ‘SocialSpace’.
Close to four minutes of microgravity prevailed in the sounding rocket MAPHEUS-4, which was launched on 15 July 2013 at 07:53 local time, from the Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.
A short-arm centrifuge spins test subjects at six times Earth's gravity; a hypobaric chamber simulates an altitude of 5500 metres; and in the Psychology Laboratory a shuttle has to be docked with the International Space Station under stressful conditions.
At present, the Sun is very active – a surface covered with sunspots, frequent ejections of matter and a stronger solar wind blowing towards Earth. In the meantime, however, radiation exposure at aircraft cruising altitudes has reduced.