20 December 2012
The German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) can look back on a highly eventful and exciting year. Once again in 2012, a great deal was achieved in our research fields of aeronautics, spaceflight, energy, transport and security. This retrospective article is a compilation of this year's highlights in images, web links and a film, which will be available in English in the new year.
The diversity of topics covered this year was once again vast; the DLR research aircraft fleet welcomed the atmospheric research aircraft HALO into its ranks as a new member. At the same time, the research aircraft ATTAS went into retirement. To name but a few examples, the launch and flight of the ATV-3 Edoardo Amaldi European space transporter to the ISS was successful, while the sharp-edged hypersonic vehicle, SHEFEX II, communicated its experimental data in real-time, Europe's Galileo navigation system gained two more satellites, Germany's small TET-1 satellite was launched with 11 experiments on board, DLR scientists compiled a pilot study to expand the scope of renewable energy sources in Germany, the DESERTEC 'electricity from the desert' project reached new milestones, DLR Göttingen obtained a decommissioned regional train as its new research laboratory, while DLR researchers worked to improve the aerodynamic properties of trucks.
We look forward to many more research results in 2013, and we would like to wish you all the very best for the Festive Season and the New Year.