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DLR Falcon has helped end airspace restrictions over southern Germany with an additional measurement flight

10 May 2010
On Sunday, 9 May 2010, the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Falcon research aircraft took off from Oberpfaffenhofen for a measurement flight in southern German airspace. The aim of this flight was to measure the concentration of the volcanic ash cloud that caused airports across southern Germany to close on Sunday afternoon. Thanks to these measurements, it was possible to reopen the airspace earlier than expected.
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The volcano calls – results and outlook for the mission

7 May 2010
The German Aerospace Center's (DLR) Falcon 20E research aircraft returned on schedule to DLR's research airfield at Oberpfaffenhofen. It landed on Monday, 3 May 2010 at 15:28 CEST after completing its volcanic ash investigation mission over Iceland. The return flight of the Falcon involved two one-day legs.
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Falcon über der Aschewolke

The volcano calls - measurement flights over Iceland

2 May 2010
Even before it landed at the airport of the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, at 20:30 CEST on 29 April 2010, the German Aerospace Center's (DLR) Falcon research aircraft had observed the volcanic ash cloud and carried out preliminary measurements. On Saturday, 1 May, the crew took off on another measurement flight over Iceland.
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Falcon 20E

DLR's research aircraft 'Falcon 20E' completes measurement flight successfully

19 April 2010
Scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) successfully completed a measurement flight of the volcanic ash cloud over Germany on 19 April 2010; the flight lasted more than three hours. DLR's 'Dassault Falcon 20E' flew from Oberpfaffenhofen to Leipzig, then via Hamburg to Bilthoven (Netherlands) and back to Oberpfaffenhofen via Stuttgart. DLR researchers have measured the volcanic ash cloud's height, coverage and composition.
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DLR scientists investigate gigantic ash cloud after volcanic eruption

15 April 2010
The Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull has ejected large quantities of ash and sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere during its eruptions on 21 March and 15 April. Scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are evaluating satellite images to investigate the effects of the eruptions on the atmosphere.
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Flight tracks of the DLR Falcon volcanic ash missions

Since April 19 altogether 17 flights were performed by the DLR Falcon research aircraft to survey and sample the emissions of the Eyjafjalla volcano on Iceland. Flight track data are available as a table and in ascii format for download.

Information on the volcanic eruption from ZKI

The DLR Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) provides the latest images and graphics on this page.

A volcanic eruption affects the whole of Europe – part 2

After air traffic over Europe largely came to a standstill on Friday, and the public is increasingly discussing the question of how to judge the situation. At the same time, responsibility, expertise and effective actions in a problematic situation are confused.

A volcanic eruption affects the whole of Europe

As of today, nearly all Europeans know that Iceland has active volcanos, and some are even familiar with the name Eyjafjalla. The consequences of the eruption have paralysed air traffic over a wide area. DLR was able – as were its partner organizations, NASA and ESA – to use its expertise and access to appropriate satellite data to inform the public about the extent of the problem.
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Dassault Falcon 20E - D-CMET

The Dassault Falcon 20E (registration D-CMET) has been extensively modified for use in research by DLR. The DLR flight facility in Oberpfaffenhofen primarily uses it for atmospheric research. International research teams measure trace gases and aerosols directly from on board the aircraft, and they collect air samples for subsequent laboratory analysis.
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Deployed around the world - flying for research

Flight Operations of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Braunschweig and Oberfaffenhofen (where the Flight Operations management is based) operates Europe's largest civilian research fleet of aeroplanes and helicopters. DLR Flight Operations (DLR Flugbetriebe) is responsible for providing and deploying these aircraft. These highly modified aircraft can either be the object for aeronautics research themselves, or they can be used as research platforms on which scientific equipment can be installed for observing Earth and the sea surface, or for atmospheric research.
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DLR's Falcon research aircraft deployed to improve typhoon forecasts

From on board the Falcon D-CMET research aircraft of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), atmospheric researchers have explored the typhoons Sinlaku and Jangmi at very close quarters as they swept across Taiwan and China. The goal of their data-gathering flights is improved forecasting of tropical cyclones. The six-week international measurement campaign was completed successfully on 1 October 2008.
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