In­sti­tute of Aerospace Medicine

The :envihab research facility in Cologne
The :en­vi­hab re­search fa­cil­i­ty in Cologne
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The :envihab research facility in Cologne

The DLR In­sti­tute of Aerospace Medicine is a world lead­er in avi­a­tion and space medicine. With its one-sto­ry, 3500-square-me­tre, state-of-the-art med­i­cal re­search fa­cil­i­ty :en­vi­hab (from the words ‘En­vi­ron­ment’ and ‘Habi­tat’), the In­sti­tute is tak­ing a step for­ward in its ground-break­ing re­search in­to the ways in which peo­ple ad­just to ex­treme en­vi­ron­ments and oth­er stress­ful sit­u­a­tions.
Bed rest study at :envihab
Bed rest study at :en­vi­hab
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Bed rest study at :envihab

On 25 March 2019, DLR launched AG­BRE­SA (Ar­ti­fi­cial Grav­i­ty Bed Rest Study), the first long-term bed rest study con­duct­ed to­geth­er with the Eu­ro­pean Space Agen­cy (ESA) and the US space agen­cy NASA. For the first time, the use of ar­ti­fi­cial grav­i­ty as a pos­si­ble coun­ter­mea­sure against the neg­a­tive ef­fects of weight­less­ness on the hu­man body will be in­ves­ti­gat­ed.
Planetary and space simulation facility
Plan­e­tary and space sim­u­la­tion fa­cil­i­ty
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Planetary and space simulation facility

Space sim­u­la­tion fa­cil­i­ties should be used to car­ry out ground con­trol ex­per­i­ments for space ex­per­i­ments. They al­low the sim­u­la­tion of in­di­vid­u­al space pa­ram­e­ters such as vac­u­um, tem­per­a­ture and so­lar ra­di­a­tion. Dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions of these pa­ram­e­ters (with the ex­cep­tion of re­duced grav­i­ty) can mim­ic the con­di­tions to which the ex­per­i­ments are ex­posed in space and on oth­er plan­ets.
Astrobiology laboratory
As­tro­bi­ol­o­gy lab­o­ra­to­ry
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Astrobiology laboratory

The mod­ule M6 Bi­ol­o­gy lab pro­vides a lab­o­ra­to­ry en­vi­ron­ment for mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal re­search and an area for med­i­cal in­fras­truc­ture. Top­ics un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion will in­clude the anal­y­ses of mi­cro­bial biobur­den and bio­di­ver­si­ty and the in­flu­ence hu­mans have on this di­ver­si­ty, as well as as­pects of biore­gen­er­a­tive life sup­port sys­tems. Part of the prepa­ra­tion and eval­u­a­tion of bi­o­log­i­cal space ex­per­i­ments will be per­formed here.
View inside the control room at :envihab
Con­trol room at :en­vi­hab
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Control room at :envihab

View in­side the con­trol room at :en­vi­hab
:envihab - Future research for space and Earth
:en­vi­hab - Fu­ture re­search for space and Earth
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:envihab - Future research for space and Earth

The DLR In­sti­tute of Aerospace Medicine con­ducts in­ter­dis­ci­plinary re­search in­to hu­man health and per­for­mance in space, in avi­a­tion and on Earth. One-of-a-kind re­search fa­cil­i­ties like :en­vi­hab en­able in­te­gra­tive life sci­ence re­search at the high­est lev­el.
PET-MRI (Positron Emission Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
PET-MRI (Positron Emis­sion To­mog­ra­phy/Mag­net­ic Res­o­nance Imag­ing)
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PET-MRI (Positron Emission Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Space trav­el caus­es a pletho­ra of med­i­cal and neu­robe­havioural prob­lems, in­clud­ing the loss of as much as 25 per­cent of mus­cle mass, a loss of bone mass of be­tween one and two per­cent per month, weak­en­ing of the im­mune sys­tem, im­pair­ments of cog­ni­tive per­for­mance, and oth­er ef­fects re­lat­ed to the high­ly stress­ful en­vi­ron­ment of a space ve­hi­cle. In Mod­ule 4, :en­vi­hab sci­en­tists will be able to mon­i­tor the phys­i­o­log­i­cal changes that could oc­cur dur­ing long-term mis­sions. This knowl­edge, in turn, can be ap­plied to what hap­pens to the body un­der stren­u­ous con­di­tions en­coun­tered on Earth.

The DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine conducts interdisciplinary research into the health and performance of humans in space, in aviation and on the ground. Globally unique research facilities such as :envihab allow the highest level of integrated scientific research. Biological, medical and psychological research examines the effect of environmental conditions on the basic mechanisms of human health, living conditions and human performance. The research results and technological innovations are directly implemented into psychological and biomedical applications.

The Institute regularly offers the opportunity to participate in a study as a test person.

Contact
  • Herr Prof. Dr. med. Jens Jordan
    In­sti­tute di­rec­tor
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    In­sti­tute of Aerospace Medicine
    Telephone: +49 2203 601 3115
    Fax: +49 2203-695211
    Sportallee 54a
    22335 Hamburg
    Contact
  • PD Dr. rer. nat. Ruth Hemmersbach
    Act­ing Head of the In­sti­tute, Head of the De­part­ment of Grav­i­ta­tion­al Bi­ol­o­gy
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    In­sti­tute of Aerospace Medicine
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-3094
    Sportallee 54a
    22335 Hamburg
    Contact
Time-lapse video: building the globally unique :envihab research facility
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Time-lapse video: building the globally unique :envihab research facility
The new facility, located at the DLR site in Cologne, was inaugurated on 5 July 2013. The focus of :envihab and its eight modules, spread over 3500 square metres, is on people, their health and their performance levels. The construction of:the facility lasted several years. The assembly steps have...
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    In­sti­tute of Aerospace Medicine: num­ber of em­ploy­ees (2019)

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    In­sti­tute of Aerospace Medicine: num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions – 50 per­cent in open ac­cess (2014 to 2018)

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    In­sti­tute of Aerospace Medicine: num­ber of PhD stu­dents (2018)

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