Focus on aerospace research – Chair of the DLR Executive Board at the Space Science Week
Progress, results, opportunities and open matters across different areas of aerospace research are being discussed at the Space Science Week, held in Washington D.C. from 29 to 31 March 2016. The Standing Advisory Committees of the Space Studies Board, the Board on Physics and Astronomy, and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) came together here for discussions in their various committees. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) joined the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) at a focus session on international programmes and cooperation on current and future developments within the relevant science programmes.
During the presentation to the NAS Plenum, the Chair of DLR, Pascale Ehrenfreund used illustrative examples to highlight DLR's work in the areas of geosciences, extraterrestrial research – including infrared astronomy – microgravity research, aerospace technologies, optical communications, satellite navigation and propulsion research, providing all participants with a clear impression of DLR’s excellence and performance capabilities.
The National Academies of Sciences
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) provides advice to the United States government and its agencies on matters related to science and technology. They also conduct scientific research. The Space Science Board was established in 1958 and has since acted as a central agency representing NAS interests and responsibilities in the area of aerospace research.