Networked autonomous driving and flying will radically change transport as we know it today. Such technology has the potential to fundamentally improve our energy and emissions footprint, as well as to make transport safer and more efficient. Innovations in this area will be key across the whole of Europe and its various economic sectors in sustaining competitiveness with other major business locations worldwide, as well as in the effort to achieve a sustainable and climate-friendly economy.
On 1 June 2018 at the French Embassy in Berlin, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (l'Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports, de l'aménagement et des réseaux; IFSTTAR) signed a cooperation agreement for the joint development of solutions for European transport systems.
The Global Space Applications Conference, GLAC 2018, took place in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 21 to 23 May 2018. This was the first event to be held in South America as part of the International Astronautical Federation's (IAF) Global Conferences series, and therefore the inaugural IAF event in Uruguay.
Over 1000 participants from across the globe gathered in Abu Dhabi from 30 April to 1 May 2018 to discuss the future of the aviation, defence and aerospace industries. Future corporate, government and military strategies were also presented at the Global Aerospace Summit. What must the aircraft of the future look like?
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Japanese Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) signed an agreement for closer cooperation on 1 March 2018 in Tokyo. The two organisations are therefore strengthening their existing collaboration in aerodynamic research. The RTRI is one of the world's most renowned railway and rail transport research institutions.
Space science as a tool for sustainable development in Africa was the focus of the '2nd International Space Forum – African Chapter' that took place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 13 February 2018. The event was organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the National Research Council Canada (NRC) have been working together for several years in the field of aeronautics research. On 28 January, Rolf Henke, DLR Executive Board Member responsible for Aeronautics Research, and NRC President Iain Stewart signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the continued cooperation between the two agencies during the 33 German-Canadian conference organised by Atlantik-Brücke e.V. in Munich.
On 12 and 13 December, Hansjörg Dittus, Executive Board Member for Space Research and Technology at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with the Polish Space Agency (POLSA), invited Polish space explorers to a bilateral workshop.
Around the time of the Paris climate summit on 12 December 2017, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japanese National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) signed a collaboration agreement regarding remote sensing of greenhouse gases.
At the 23 Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, held from 6 to 17 November 2017, 30,000 registered participants discussed and negotiated measures for improving climate protection and sustainable development. In the run-up to the event, Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the Executive Board at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), took part in the 'Climate Action and Human Wellbeing at a Crossroads' conference.