02 Dezember 2022This year, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has the pleasure of congratulating two winners on their success in the Copernicus Masters competition. The annual innovation competition honours applications and ideas that use satellite data from the Copernicus Earth observation programme to address societal and environmental challenges. More than 20 individual prizes as well as the overall Copernicus Masters 2022 prize were awarded on 1 December 2022 at the New Space Economy Expo in Rome. There, the Luxembourg start-up WEO won the DLR Challenge on ‘Environment, Energy and Health’ with its ‘Urban Green Tracker’. Hartmut Runge's DLR team was awarded the special prize from the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) for their ‘DriveClean’.
November 02, 2022Since its launch seven months ago, the German Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) satellite has been busy collecting data. It has recorded more than 11.4 million square kilometres of Earth's surface – an area larger than Europe – from an altitude of approximately 650 kilometres, using its 242 spectral channels. But these data were not collected for scientific purposes. They were needed to set up the Hyperspectral Imager (HSI) instrument for scientific operation optimally and to check the quality of the acquired data.
October 31, 2022Altenburg, Altenahr, Reimerzhoven, Rech and Dernau are among the places that were particularly badly affected by the floods in the Ahr Valley in the summer of 2021. Under the direction of DLR and the Bavarian Red Cross (BRK), aerial photographs of these places in the district of Ahrweiler (Rhineland-Palatinate) have now been taken once again. Four drones were used. The current data serve as a basis for the development of methods for automatic image evaluation in the event of disasters.
October 26, 2022Strong, continuous rainfall has led to serious flooding in southern and central Chad. At the request of the Federal Foreign Office, DLR-ZKI analysed the flood situation from July to October within a few hours and forwarded the information to other institutions, including several embassies in Chad and UN bodies. The analyses were also presented at a joint ACIS project meeting at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
October 13, 2022The ongoing energy crisis and climate-neutral conversion of the energy economy has brought energy-saving measures sharply into focus. The building sector alone is responsible for nearly one-third of German energy consumption. This enormous potential for conserving energy was quantified with the help of EOC.
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