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Institute of Planetary Research


The Institute of Planetary Research is involved with the research of our solar system, especially with regard to the origin, genesis and development of planets, their moons and small planetary bodies (asteroids and comets), through means of remote exploration on spaceships and the ground (observatories), through lab experiments and in-situ experiments as well as theoretical modelling.
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Engine Acoustics Department


The Department of Engine Acoustics in the Institute of Propulsion Technology of the German Aerospace Center (“Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft und Raumfahrt”: DLR) focuses on unsteady processes in technical flows. Current research topics are the acoustics of turbo machines and solutions for reducing the noise of aero-engines, reduction of turbulence induced friction phenomena as well as the investigation and control of unsteady combustion processes.
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Institute of Transport Research


The subjects of the Institute of Transport Research comprise both mobility and transport as well as other aspects that are important to people in this respect. A high degree of mobility is an important prerequisite for a developed economy and provides for individual freedom. The transport industry contributes a decisive part towards economic success nowadays.
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Institute of Transportation Systems


Mobility is of great significance in the economy and society. People want to reach their destination comfortably and swiftly, goods have to be transported for long distances in a cost-efficient way. The flip side of the coin emerges in the form of environmental pollution, accidents and endless traffic jams. They design, develop and evaluate solutions in interdisciplinary teams for driver assistance, traffic registration and influencing as well as for rail safety, automation and rail traffic management.
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Transportation Studies Group


The general task of the Transportation Studies Group is in the description of future transport systems. Development trends for vehicles, transport networks and the operational interaction are investigated and presented. Sustainable concepts for the future are described and the challenges of a networked world are addressed.
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Optical Information Systems at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics


The Optical Information Systems Project at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of the DLR is structured in three organisational units. They contribute to the system expertise through their close collaboration and expert knowledge in the areas of information processing of optical systems, optical sensors and electronics and optical design and calibration
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Department of Remote Water Body Exploration of the DLR-Institute of Remote Exploration Methods


The oceans are a source of life; water is one of the most important natural resources. Coastal zones and inland lakes are among the eco systems most strongly influenced by man. The shelf sea regions form the basis for important industries, such as fishing or raw materials production and tourism. Optical remote exploration permits the measurement of the water colour, the determination of the main bio-ecological parameters of the water bodies, such as the chlorophyll content, algae bloom, suspended particles and primary biological production and thus the carbon sequestration of the oceans.
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Department of System Conditioning at the DLR-Institute of Space Travel Systems


System conditioning is the concept, the modelling and verification of the suitability and qualification of hardware according to the mission conditions and requirements. System conditioning is applied research, building on theoretical and experimental basic research.
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