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A record number of flight connections and falling prices

20. May 2019

Low-cost flights from Germany set a new record in the winter half-year 2018/2019. For the first time, there were 5325 low-cost airline flights per week, which represents a 10 percent increase from the previous year. The market has now almost settled down following the withdrawal of Air Berlin.

Tests for the InSight 'Mole'

11. April 2019

A blue box, a cubic metre of Mars-like sand, a rock, a fully-functional model of the Mars 'Mole' and a seismometer – these are the main components with which the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is simulating the current situation on Mars.

Lunar gravity 600 kilometres above Earth

10. April 2019

The compact German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Eu:CROPIS satellite is now rotating in space at a rate of 17.5 revolutions per minute, generating a gravitational force in its interior similar to that found on the Moon. After its launch on 3 December 2018, DLR engineers successfully tested and commanded the spacecraft.

Digital expertise for the Energy Transition

1. April 2019

Whether it is the digital management of energy supply, thermal storage power plants as a clean route away from coal, autonomous flying multicopters that monitor the solar fields, or high-tech analysis technology for batteries of the next generation and beyond – the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will be present at the Hannover Messe to showcase future-oriented technologies and concepts for the implementation of the Energy Transition, as well as products and services that have successfully made their way from research into practical applications in industry thanks to DLR Technology Marketing.

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Can organisms survive on Mars, and can we identify them?

26. March 2019

Earth is a very special planet. It is the only celestial body in the Solar System on which we know life exists. Could there be life on other planets or moons? Mars is always the first to be mentioned in this context; it has many properties in common with Earth, and in its geological past water also flowed over its surface.

InSight mission – Diagnostic run for the 'Mole' on Mars

21. March 2019

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) will command the Mars ‘Mole’ to begin a short new round of hammering at the end of March. The seismometer and the camera will closely monitor the movement of the Mole. The researchers want to analyse in more detail the situation of the self-hammering probe, which has shown no further progress since it reached a depth of approximately 30 centimetres at the beginning of March. Different ideas for releasing the Mole require a more detailed analysis of the situation and at least a few more weeks to test different strategies on Earth.

Flying to the Moon without taking off – SIRIUS-19 isolation experiment begins in Moscow

19. March 2019

A special experiment will begin at the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IBMP RAS) in Moscow on 19 March 2019 at 14:00 local time. Just four months before the celebrations for the fiftieth anniversary of the first Moon landing by the Apollo 11 astronauts, three female and three male 'cosmonauts' will embark on a simulated journey to our terrestrial neighbour.

DLR at the Hannover Messe 2019 – Digitalisation – a success factor for the Energy Transition

15. March 2019

Digitalisation is a crucial factor in the success of the Energy Transition. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will be showcasing how a digitally connected and intelligent energy system could look in the future from 1 to 5 April 2019 at the Hannover Messe (Hall 27, Stand H70).

Mission InSight: Pause für den Marsmaulwurf

InSight mission: the Mars ‘Mole’ takes a break

5. March 2019

As part of NASA’s InSight mission, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) developed a penetrometer designed to dig three to five metres below the surface of Mars and measure the heat emanating from the planet’s interior.

Ongoing study – can solar thermal power plants store surplus electricity from other renewable sources efficiently?

4. February 2019

Solar researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have investigated whether it is economically viable for a solar thermal power plant to convert excess photovoltaic and wind power into heat and store it. Heat can be stored more cost-effectively than electricity, and can be recovered from the storage system as required in order to generate electricity.

 
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