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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

HYDROSOL_Plant: Hydrogen from sunlight

29. November 2017

On 28 November 2017, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), together with international project partners, presented what is currently the largest solar-chemical installation for the production of hydrogen. In the HYDROSOL_Plant project, scientists and companies have jointly further developed the process of direct hydrogen production using solar radiation. By redeveloping both the materials used and the structure of the reactor, the facility can now provide a power of 750 kilowatts. This is a significant improvement over the previous development stage of this facility, which had a power output of approximately 100 kilowatts. In the coming months, scientists will produce hydrogen in test operations and demonstrations at the Plataforma Solar in Almeria (PSA) in southern Spain, and investigate the suitability of materials.

Automation and networking in freight transport - effects on the logistics industry

29. November 2017

The automation and networking of transport will bring changes to the logistics industry. In the ATLaS project (Automated and networked movement in Logistics – opportunities for greater added value), scientists from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) are investigating how these changes will affect freight transport.

Assistance from space: satellite data for digital agriculture

12. November 2017

How can modern agriculture benefit from satellite remote sensing? What does space technology offer digital farming and crop cultivation ('smart farming')? The German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is providing the answers to these and similar questions from 12 to 18 November 2017 at Agritechnica in Hanover, the world's largest trade fair for agricultural machinery.

DLR opens two new institutes in Hamburg

10. November 2017

The aviation of the future is faced with the huge challenge of significantly reducing its emissions. The digitalisation of aeronautics offers new opportunities for efficiency improvements in the aviation system as a whole, such that efficiency becomes a more central consideration right from the outset, in the design of more efficient aircraft.

The cradle of aeronautical research celebrates its 110 anniversary

9. November 2017

The first German state institute for aeronautics research was founded 110 years ago in Göttingen. It was the precursor of the present-day German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), and laid the foundations for modern aeronautics.

Innovative applications for Earth observation and satellite navigation win European competitions

9. November 2017

Cyber security and fire detection from space: these two ideas have won this year's Special Prize of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) as part of the 'European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC)' and the 'Copernicus Masters'.

Measuring the mixture of greenhouse gases over the Atlantic

1. November 2017

In October 2017, the HALO research aircraft measured the transport and mixing of greenhouse gases in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere during measurement flights over the Atlantic starting from Shannon in Ireland. The measurement campaign is providing new knowledge regarding the origin, distribution and lifetime of trace gases at the climate-sensitive interface between these atmospheric layers.

Der Zwergstern NGTS%2d1 mit seinem Riesenplanet

Different duo - Dwarf star and giant planet

31. October 2017

In theory, it is impossible. Current theories of planetary emergence dictate that only small, rocky planets – and not a giant planet – can form around a dwarf star. The most recent discovery by the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) system has thrown some doubt on this assumption.

GRACE mission comes to an end after 15 years of successful operation

27. October 2017

After more than 15 years, the German-US Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) for precise measuring of Earth's gravity field has come to an end. Since its launch from the Russian cosmodrome in Plesetsk on 17 March 2002 on board a Rockot launcher, the twin satellites GRACE-1 and GRACE-2 have been orbiting Earth in close formation flight, precisely recording how Earth's gravity field changes over time.

DLR tests turbines for more environment-friendly aircraft

24. October 2017

The foundations for a new generation of environment-friendly aircraft turbines have been successfully tested by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) at its site in Göttingen.

 
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