How can someone twist and turn around in space? Why does a feather fall as fast as a hammer on the moon? What are researchers actually looking for on distant planets and asteroids? How do they get there in the first place? And what's happening on the sun right now? At DLR_School_Lab Bremen your spirit of research and discovery can take off into space.
Keeping an eye on the oceans: The AlSat satellite with its helical antenna is used to monitor shipping. Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
At DLR_School_Lab Bremen the focus is on aerospace: How can people and technology be put into space and what space conditions have to be taken into account there? How can Earth be monitored from space and how can distant planets, moons and asteroids be investigated?
At the Bremen Institute of Aerospace Systems, following a comprehensive and systematic approach is crucial.
The LAMA test facility with its landing and rover equipment. Descents and rover expeditions are simulated here under various gravitational conditions. Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
Using this integrated approach, young people can even conduct a complete Mars mission at DLR_School_Lab in a team effort, from initial rocket launch and descent onto the Red Planet to robot control and specimen analysis. They discover in the process how mission success depends on the smooth interaction of all systems.
The hands-on experiments on offer come from three areas:
- Extremes and Dangers in Space
- Satellite Technology and Remote Sensing
- Mission to Mars.
The students investigate in these experiments such phenomena as vacuum conditions, microgravity, and space weather. They deal with infrared, radar and attitude regulation and carry out experiments on propulsion technology, landing navigation, robotics and sensor systems. These experiments can also be conducted separately.
What is the sun doing at the moment and how does that affect space weather? You can investigate these questions with the solar telescopes at DLR_School_Lab Bremen. Credit: DLR
These intriguing hands-on experiments acquaint students with ongoing research projects at the German Aerospace Center and lead to fascinating insights into the world of natural science and technology.