The EUCP (European Civil Protection) team after deployment. Three DLR scientists were part of the 15-person team: Martin Frassl, Michael Lichtenstern and Michael Angermann light (top row, from left).
On 11 July 2011, 98 ammunition containers exploded in a Cypriot marine base, severely damaging a power station nearby. 13 people were killed. A nearby 793 megawatt power plant, providing 50 percent of Cyprus’ energy supply, was badly damaged. As part of a European relief campaign, on 22 July 2011, three members of the DLR Institute of Communication and Navigation flew to the site of the disaster.The researchers assessed the situation in the dilapidated power plant using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and provided pictures and videos of the individual buildings and rooms. The Cyprus government activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism after the explosion.