DLR has its headquarters in Cologne. The site is located next to Cologne-Bonn airport. Approximately 1,500 employees work in the institutes and facilities and in the central administration.
More than 8100 participants registered for this year's World Masters Athletics Championships – the World Championships of senior athletes – in Málaga, Spain, from 4 to 16 September 2018. And here it is not only athletes like the 102-year-old Italian Giuseppe Ottaviani or the 102-year-old Man Kaur from India who are considered senior athletes, but any sports people from the age of 35. “These competitions are at the highest level,” says Jörn Rittweger from the German Aerospace Center (DLR). “These top athletes are very interesting to us.” During the championships, the doctor of space medicine is carrying out a study on precisely these qualified athletes: The Masters Athletics Field Study 2018 (MAFS 2018) researches age-related changes such as that in skeletal muscle connective tissue, the properties of blood vessels, as well as heart size and function. The aim is to investigate if and how regular sports exercise improves cardiovascular health and metabolism. A comparison with the health of astronauts is then also possible – in this case caused muscle and bone loss due to microgravity.
Its view of Earth will be something special: The DESIS hyperspectral instrument has 235 spectral channels to look at our planet and observe the changes in land and water surfaces. On 27 August 2018 at about 21:00 CEST, the instrument developed by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and equipped with a robotic arm was taken out of the airlock of the International Space Station (ISS) and installed on the MUSES platform located on the space station's exterior.
In early October 2018, the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) lander is expected to be in operation for approximately 16 hours on the Ryugu asteroid. The selection of the landing site will take place this August. The ideal site must firstly offer the MASCOT team engineers excellent conditions for a safe landing and stable operation on the asteroid, while providing the researchers with a wealth of new and productive measurements.
Scientists and engineers have been waiting nearly four years for the Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft – which is carrying the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) lander that was developed and constructed by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) – to reach its destination: the asteroid Ryugu.
Dealing with fluctuations in solar energy is one of the biggest challenges on the way to a sustainable energy supply. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are working on a technology that will hopefully make it possible to operate energy networks with a high proportion of solar energy in a more stable and efficient manner.