Ariane 5 Flight 112. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace
What are the physical principles behind the world's most powerful machines? How high does a rocket fly, and how fast? How strongly is it accelerated? You yourselves can investigate these and many other subjects from the worlds of aerospace, energy, aviation and transportation at DLR_School_Lab Lampoldshausen/Stuttgart. And while you are doing that you can experience the inspiring atmosphere at one of Germany's largest research centers.
At DLR_School_Lab Lampoldshausen/Stuttgart students can carry out fascinating experiments on rocket propulsion and combustion research. Topics like vacuum technology, materials research and optical measurement technology are also on the program here. Under the expert guidance of experienced scientists and engineers students can conduct research on their own by performing both basics and pioneering experiments. The thematic focus of the DLR_School_Lab experiments is aerospace and rocket technology. By researching alternative propulsion technologies the students can also find out how future means of transport have to be put together in order to burden the environment as little as possible. Efficient management of the fossil fuels petroleum, coal and natural gas is also the subject of some of the related experiments they can participate in.
Measuring the temperature at the focus of a parabolic mirror. Credit: DLR
DLR_School_Lab is located at DLR in Lampoldshausen. The engineers and scientists who work there are primarily involved in developing and testing rocket engines. The students learn about the positive effects this work has for our everyday life on earth. For example, the Ariane rockets whose engines are tested here transport satellites into space which are used for such purposes as environmental research or communication and navigation. New lightweight structures and high-tech materials developed at DLR in Stuttgart are used to construct airplanes and motor vehicles in a way that increases their safety. And since they save fuel at the same time, they contribute to safeguarding the environment, just as do new methods for reducing exhaust gases.