Bremen – At the annual general meeting of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the Chair of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Executive Board, Pascale Ehrenfreund, was elected IAF Incoming President. The IAF was founded in 1951 between scientists around the world and support international cooperation in all space-related activities.
The new NASA Administrator James Frederick – 'Jim' Bridenstine – visited the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) on 5 October 2018. While at DLR's headquarters in Cologne, he took the opportunity to learn more about the pioneering projects for space exploration.
On 3 October 2018 at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), the US space agency NASA and the Israeli Space Agency (ISA) – met to discuss the next steps in the cooperation project Matroshka AstroRad Radiation Experiment (MARE).
On 2 October 2018, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR), European Space Agency (ESA) and Air Liquide signed the 'LUNA Energy Project' cooperation agreement at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen.
On 25 September 2018, Matthias Maurer graduated as an astronaut – an accolade granted following basic cosmonaut training – thereby receiving formal approval for a flight into space.
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.