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We are DLR!

19. June 2019

What do Cologne, Washington DC, Tokyo and Antarctica have in common? They are all home to one of DLR’s 40 institutes and facilities, which are spread across more than 20 locations and international offices worldwide. This short video takes you on a trip to DLR – showcasing the organisation’s people, science and research topics. True to the motto 'Knowledge for Tomorrow', the film demonstrates how top-level research at DLR is driven by immense enthusiasm and how diverse its people and success stories truly are. Take a look inside DLR’s research departments and above all, meet some of the more than 8000 people who make it all happen!


Video: 15 Years of Imaging the Red Planet

10. January 2019

On 10 January 2004, the first of thousands of detailed images of the Martian surface was captured by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), which is a German research instrument on board the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft, which has been in orbit around Mars since December 2003. During the last 15 years, HRSC has acquired image data during more than 5000 orbits, resulting in a steadily increasing set of spectacular views of the Martian surface, image and digital terrain model mosaics, and movie releases. HRSC coverage of the Martian surface with high resolution (better than 20 meter per pixel) has reached 80 percent.

Animation: Überflug über den Krater Occator

Animation: Flight over Occator crater

10. September 2018

At a resolution of five metres per pixel and a recording altitude of just 32 kilometres, onlookers are able to fly over Ceres, enjoying a perfect view of Occator’s unusual topography and the bright deposits in its interior. The bright, reflective regions have now been given their own names: the particularly striking region at the heart of Occator, with light spots and a fissured bulge at its centre, has been named 'Cerealia Facula', while the slightly less reflective patches to the east are called 'Vinalia Faculae'.

Video: HALO research aircraft – atmospheric research around the globe

22. August 2018

Penetrating into the stratosphere to research climate, flying over the North and South poles, and travelling to far-flung corners of the world to collect atmospheric data: This is the scope of applications for the one-of-a-kind HALO research aircraft (HALO stands for High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft) which operates in a broad partnership between German environmental and climate research institutes. Since 2012, the extensively modified Gulfstream G550 has been deployed on more than 20 research missions across five continents. HALO was procured from funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), HGF (Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres) and the Max Planck Society (MPG). Operations are managed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig. DLR also owns and operates HALO.

Standschwingungsversuch am Beluga XL

Video – ground vibration testing of the Beluga XL

7. June 2018

Prototype of the Airbus Beluga XL undergoing ground vibration testing in Toulouse.

Video: Flug über den Krater Neukum auf dem Mars

Video – flight over Neukum Crater on Mars

17. May 2018

This video shows a flight over the 102-kilometre wide Neukum Crater in the southern highlands of Mars. It is based on data acquired by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) on board the ESA Mars Express spacecraft, which has been orbiting Mars since 2003. The impact crater was named after the German planetary scientist Gerhard Neukum (1944-2014), who led the development of the HRSC. The crater is located in the Noachis Terra region in the densely cratered Martian southern highlands, roughly 800 kilometres from the western rim of the large impact crater Hellas Planitia. Neukum Crater has a diverse geological history, as evidenced by the different geomorphological structures on the crater rim and floor.

Animation: Elephant Foot Glacier in northern Greenland

6. October 2016

Glacier structures in Crown Prince Christian Land in the Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park in the world. The Elephant Foot Glacier is an almost perfectly formed example of a Piedmont glacier that is part of a larger glacier network.

Animation: Namib-Naukluft National Park

6. October 2016

The Sossusvlei pan in Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. An arroyo breaks through the sand dunes of the Namib. The interesting structure of the image is the result of various dune shapes that can be seen in highly detailed three dimensions thanks to the TanDEM-X elevation model.

DLR Magazine 146/147 - Summit flight in the Midnight Sun

30. September 2015

DLR Magazine 146/147 - Summit flight in the Midnight Sun.

Video: Parabelflüge mit dem A310 ZERO%2dG

Video: Parabolic flights using the A310 ZERO-G

10. September 2015

The seven-minute DLR film introduces research under temporary microgravity.

Animation: Topographie von Zwergplanet Ceres

Animation: Topography of dwarf planet Ceres

28. July 2015

This animation shows the dwarf planet Ceres, with its varied topography. The colour-coded map extends to six kilometres below the surface (red) to six kilometers above the surface (brown). The lightest regions (white) are reflective areas and give no elevation information.

Flug über Zwergplanet Ceres

Video: Flight over dwarf planet Ceres

8. June 2015

To get a glimpse of what Ceres would look like if one were on the orbiter itself, scientists from the DLR Institute of Planetary Research processed a total of 80 images – some acquired from an orbit altitude of 13,500 kilometres and others taken for navigation purposes at distances of 7000 and 5100 kilometres.

Video: DLR Magazine 144/145 – Into the flame (German)

2. April 2015

Seeking to understand exactly what happens when fuels burn, the combustion researchers at DLR are true experts when it comes to observing closely without disturbing. To do this, they used a highly sensitive analysis device – a molecular beam mass spectrometer. This research tool made it on to the cover of DLR Magazine 144/145 thanks to the astonishing results it produced.

Video: DLR Year in Review 2014

15. January 2015

2014 was an extraordinarily eventful and exciting year at the German Aerospace Center. The landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and the mission by German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst were undisputed highlights. But the research conducted in other areas was extremely diverse, and sought to find answers to questions in the fields of aeronautics, aerospace, energy, transport and security. We have put together some of these research highlights in the DLR year in review. What makes it special this time are five faces of DLR: protagonists introducing themselves and their field of work.

Video: Flight over Becquerel Crater

18. December 2014

The video sequence shown here is based on HRSC image data taken from four overflights above Becquerel Crater, put together to form a mosaic (orbits 3253_1, 5368, 5350 and 5332). The average image resolution is approximately 17 metres per pixel. Planetary scientists at Freie Universität Berlin involved in the Mars Express mission used the HRSC image data to produce the animation. Becquerel Crater is located in the Arabia Terra region, the transitional zone from the Southern Highlands of Mars to its Northern Lowlands, and has a diameter of 167 kilometres. Like many other craters in this region, the interior of Becquerel shows interesting sedimentation phenomena.

Sound: Philae touches down on Comet 67P

20. November 2014

A short but significant 'thud' was heard by the Cometary Acoustic Surface Sounding Experiment (CASSE) as Philae made its first touchdown on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The two-second recording from space is the very first of the contact between a man-made object with a comet upon landing. The CASSE sensors are located in the feet at the base of all three legs of the lander and were active on 12 November 2014 during the descent to the comet.

Animation: Philae landet auf 67P/Churyumov%2dGerasimenko

Animation – Philae landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

6. November 2014

This animation of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko uses a three-dimensional digital model of the comet nucleus, which was produced by the DLR Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin using stereo photogrammetry. It represents the comet's surface with a resolution of two metres. For the computation of the model, about 180 images were acquired by the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera (OSIRIS-NAC) between 5 August and 3 September 2014. The landing trajectory corresponds with plans made by ESA. The approximately seven-hour-long manoeuvre is shown accelerated in time. The methods employed were developed in the Departments of Planetary Geodesy and Planetary Geology at the DLR Institute of Planetary Research and have been used successfully for over 20 years on planetary missions. For Rosetta, they were adapted and expanded for the specific conditions of a comet mission.

Animation: Flug über Hydraotes Chaos auf dem Mars

Video: Flight over Hydraotes Chaos on Mars

16. October 2014

The data used to generate the simulated overflight were acquired with the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft. Once again, image strips from orbit 18 - symbolically significant for the HRSC scientists - were edited and used for the animations and images shown here. Over 10 years ago, in January 2004, Mars Express flew over Hydraotes Chaos during orbit 18. This was the third time that the HRSC camera had been switched on, and the images in the image strips, which were over 1000 kilometres long, were so spectacular that they were drawn on for publication of the first images from the successful ESA mission.

Animation: 3D%2dFlug über Hydraotes Chaos auf dem Mars

Video: 3D flight over Hydraotes Chaos on Mars

16. October 2014

The data used to generate the 3D overflight were acquired with the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft. The nadir channel, which is directed vertically down onto the surface of Mars, and one of the four stereo channels in the HRSC camera system, can be used to create anaglyph images, which produce a realistic, three-dimensional view of the landscape when viewed with red/blue or red/green glasses.

Video – Volcanic ash detection in Chile during 2011

17. September 2014

Column concentration of volcanic ash in grams per square metre, derived using VADUGS, applied to the eruption of the volcano Puyehue in Chile in June 2011. The scene illustrates both the temporal masking of volcanic ash by high-lying cloud (colored black), but also the potential for using the high temporal resolution of MSG-SEVIRI for nowcasting.

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