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Thirty years of the space shuttle - launch of Atlantis marks the end of the US Space Shuttle Programme

The successful launch of the US Space Shuttle Atlantis en route to the International Space Station (ISS) marked the beginning of the final space shuttle mission and the end of the 30-year era of US space shuttle flights. Atlantis lifted off from its launch site, Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on Friday, 8 July 2011 at 11:29 local time (17:29 CEST).
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DLR's new RSS feed URLs

12 July 2011
The URLs of all DLR RSS newsfeeds have changed. You may find an overview of these news feeds here: http://www.dlr.de/rss_en. The RSS feed of the Top News is: http://feeds.feedburner.com/DLR_top_en. Please update your bookmarks and feedreader settings.
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DLR Airbus A320 ATRA taxis using fuel cell-powered nose wheel for the first time

6 July 2011
On July 1st 2011, DLR's A320 ATRA (Advanced Technology Research Aircraft) taxied around Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport propelled by an electric nose wheel. In the taxiing tests, researchers and engineers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Airbus and Lufthansa Technik demonstrated a fuel cell-powered electric nose wheel. When installed in airliners, such nose wheels could significantly reduce noise and emissions at airports.
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Virtual flight around K2

4 July 2011
Considered one of the most beautiful mountains in the world and, at 8000 metres high, the most difficult to climb, K2 lies on the border between Pakistan and China. For scientists at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), it is the perfect place for testing the latest processes for converting satellite data into 3D models. For mountaineers Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Ralf Dujmovits, DLR's 3D model provides an ideal opportunity to plan and analyse their ascent of K2 at the end of June.
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DLR examines the benefits of 'sectorless' airspace

DLR examines the benefits of 'sectorless' airspace

29 June 2011
Air traffic will continue to grow in the foreseeable future, increasing the workload of air traffic controllers. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have been examining what would happen if air traffic controllers started to view German airspace as a whole, rather than continuing the current practice of viewing it as small areas known as 'sectors'.
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