The DLR site at Lampoldshausen, which employs some 230 staff, was founded in 1959 by space pioneer Professor Eugen Sänger to act as a test site for liquid rocket engines. The site went into operation in 1962.
Security personnel carry out random checks for explosives on people and objects at airports and major events. Up until now, this has been done by wiping a special test strip over items like bags or laptops, then examining the test strip using an analysis device. This takes a few minutes and requires adequate numbers of personnel. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are currently developing and testing a laser-based process for this purpose. This is completely contactless and thus enables fast and reliable checking of a significantly larger number of people.
The future European launcher, Ariane 6, is scheduled to lift off for the first time in 2020. To ensure that all its payloads can be safely transported into orbit, the engines for the new launcher must first undergo extensive testing. An important step in the upper-stage testing of the new launcher was taken on 26 February 2019. At the DLR site in Lampoldshausen, the new P5.2 test rig was officially inaugurated by Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Executive Board, Daniel Neuenschwander, Director of Space Transportation at the European Space Agency (ESA), and Pierre Godart, CEO of ArianeGroup GmbH, in the presence of numerous space policymakers and representatives from industry and academia.