Out of the Classroom - into the Lab!

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is one of Europe's largest and most modern research institutions. Here is where the aircraft of the future are being developed and pilots trained, rocket engines tested and images of distant planets analyzed. In addition, over 7,700 DLR staff members are investigating next-generation high-speed trains, environmentally responsible methods of generating energy, and much more ...

 

 

 Keeping an eye on the oceans: The AlSat satellite with its helical antenna is used to monitor shipping.
zum Bild Keeping an eye on the oceans: The AlSat satellite with its helical antenna is used to monitor shipping.

At DLR_School_Lab Bremen the focus is on aerospace: How can people and technology be put into space and what space conditions have to be taken into account there? How can Earth be monitored from space and how can distant planets, moons and asteroids be investigated? 

 

 The LAMA test facility with its landing and rover equipment. Descents and rover expeditions are simulated here under various gravitational conditions.
zum Bild The LAMA test facility with its landing and rover equipment. Descents and rover expeditions are simulated here under various gravitational conditions.

At the Bremen Institute of Aerospace Systems, following a comprehensive and systematic approach is crucial. Using this integrated approach, young people can even conduct a complete Mars mission at DLR_School_Lab in a team effort, from initial rocket launch and descent onto the Red Planet to robot control and specimen analysis. They discover in the process how mission success depends on the smooth interaction of all systems.

The hands-on experiments on offer come from three areas:

  • Extremes and Dangers in Space
  • Satellite Technology and Remote Sensing
  • Mission to Mars.

The students investigate in these experiments such phenomena as vacuum conditions, microgravity, and space weather. They deal with infrared, radar and attitude regulation and carry out experiments on propulsion technology, landing navigation, robotics and sensor systems. These experiments can also be conducted separately.

 

 What is the sun doing at the moment and how does that affect space weather? You can investigate these questions with the solar telescopes at DLR_School_Lab Bremen.
zum Bild What is the sun doing at the moment and how does that affect space weather? You can investigate these questions with the solar telescopes at DLR_School_Lab Bremen.

These intriguing hands-on experiments acquaint students with ongoing research projects at the German Aerospace Center and lead to fascinating insights into the world of natural science and technology.

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