No two cattle are alike
DLR investigates global methane sources
Humans are driven by curiosity. We want to know how things work, we want to explore new things, and we are rarely satisfied with what we have achieved. This is especially true for the research professions. When we explore distant planets with scientific instruments, we not only learn more about their formation and development, but also something about Earth’s past. The Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission will investigate Phobos and Deimos, the moons that orbit the Red Planet. In the last issue of DLRmagazine, we reported on the mystery posed by the origins of these moons. This time, MMX is the cover story because in January, we had the opportunity to visit Toulouse to see a rover developed by DLR and the French space agency, CNES, as part of the mission. The rover will land on one of the two moons and, in a first for Mars research, it will uncover the characteristics of the moon in detail. In the summer, the rover will be shipped to Japan to be integrated into the ‘mother’ spacecraft ready for the launch, which is planned for 2024.
Inside this issue is another piece about unchartered territory, but in a far more urgent context. DLR scientist Matthias Geßner and his colleague Jörg Brauchle travelled to Türkiye in February, immediately after the devastating earthquakes, to support the relief work with their technical expertise. They mapped the badly affected city of Kırıkhan from the air and shared the information with international aid organisations. Read the article to find out in impressive detail how they used their drone for mapping flights with the DLR Modular Aerial Camera System (MACS) and learn about their experiences – both personal and professional – in the disaster region.
Within these pages you will also find articles on test-driving the world’s most environmentally friendly car, a collaborative design approach to developing aircraft, a system that can detect fungal pathogens in vineyards at an early stage, and much more…
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