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Zero-emission air transport – first flight of four-seat passenger aircraft HY4.

On 29 September 2016, the HY4 aircraft took off on its first official flight from Flughafen Stuttgart. The #HY4 is the world's first four-seat passenger #aircraft powered solely by a hydrogen fuel cell system. Researchers from #DLR developed the aircraft's power train and worked on the project with industry and research partners.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-19469/year-all/#/gallery/24480

Credit images: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
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Today is the first flight of the zero-emission 4 passenger aircraft #HY4 from Stuttgart Airport. Follow #FacebookLive from 13:30 CEST (German).
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Company for the Philae lander

The #Philae landing craft touched down on comet on 12 November 2014. It has now been found: it is not located at the convenient site originally selected for its landing, but rather – following a series of three bounces – in a grim and dark environment. All the same, the lander is now set to receive company: the +European Space Agency, ESA #Rosetta orbiter, which until now has been orbiting the comet, is scheduled to be brought down to the surface of Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 30 September 2016.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-19455/year-all/#/gallery/24445

#67P #CometLanding #DLR

Image: Rosetta’s final stop. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Nav-Cam.
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Like the surface of the Moon – robotic exploration of extreme environments on Mount Etna

What do the Moon and Mount Etna have in common? An extreme surface as well as extreme conditions. Twenty-one scientists from #DLR are using the harsh conditions on the volcano to test technologies for future Solar System exploration missions. In choosing Mount Etna, the scientists have selected a special scenario that meets the geological requirements of an actual #Moon #mission.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-19403/year-all/#/gallery/24429

Credit images: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
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'm4 mountains – the fourth dimension': DLR publishes new #book with Reinhold Messner


With a new #MalikVerlag publication, ''m4 Mountains – Die vierte Dimension'', #DLR presents another image book from the world of satellite-supported #EarthObservation. In 200 pages, Stefan Dech and Nils Sparwasser, together with mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner, show some of our planet's fascinating #mountains in a completely innovative way. Advanced photogrammetric processing methodology developed at DLR's Earth Observation Center, combined with very high resolution optical satellite data, make it possible to measure and display huge mountains in a photographically realistic manner and with unprecedented quality.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-19322/year-all/#/gallery/24341

+Piper Verlag 

Image: Mount Everest. Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
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DLR at #InnoTrans2016: 'Talking' rails, an innovative crash concept and the train design of the future

Researchers from #DLR will be showcasing current research projects with the objective of making rail #transport faster, more efficient, safer and more comfortable at InnoTrans, the world's largest trade fair for #train and transport #technology. The fair will be held from 20 to 23 September in Berlin. The 110-square-metre DLR stand (Hall 2.2, Number 405) will take visitors on a journey to the future of train travel thanks to interactive exhibits, scale models and other highlights.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-19326/year-all/#/gallery/24340

More info about the InnoTrans 2016 trade fair: http://www.innotrans.de/en/

Credit image 1: AndreasVoglerStudio. Credit image 2,3 and 4: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
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Now live! Interview with Project Manager of #HY4  at #FacebookLive (German) - facebook.com/DLRde/

Image credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
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Climate Research: Study calculates the impact of increasing carbon dioxide on plant photosynthesis

Vegetation and soil are currently slowing down global warming by absorbing about a quarter of human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). This land carbon sink is believed to be in part due to increases in photosynthesis. A new study in the journal Nature shows that doubling of the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere will cause global plant photosynthesis to increase by approximately one third. The research was conducted by scientists from #DLR and the University of Exeter in the UK, in a collaboration supported by the #EU through the CRESENDO project.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-19447/#/gallery/24454

#climate +Nature News & Comment

Image credit: Guillaume Blanchard / CC-BY.
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#GoodbyePhilae: mosaic poster and goodbye video

A few weeks ago we invited the public to say goodbye to the lander #Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – the response was overwhelming! For some weeks, under the cross-platform hashtag #GoodbyePhilae, we collected the goodbyes you sent to Philae on Comet #67P. To share the #PhilaeMosaic with you, we are giving away 5 posters (size A1). To win one, take a picture of where you would hang the poster and insert it in the comments. You have until 4 October to do this!
For some weeks, under the cross-platform hashtag #GoodbyePhilae, we collected the goodbyes you sent to Philae on Comet 67P. On Twitter and Instagram alone, the hashtag reached 47 million users – almos...
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Extension of an 'earthly' Earth from space experience

With a diameter of 20 metres, #Earth appears to float above visitors to the +Gasometer Oberhausen, while banks of clouds, days and nights – and even rain showers – flow across its surface. Over half a million people have already visited the 'Wonders of Nature' exhibition, making this display in the old industrial monument one of this year's most popular #exhibitions.

Originally scheduled to conclude on 30 December 2016, the exhibition has now been extended by almost one year to 30 November 2017.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-19353/#/gallery/22338

#DLR

Image credit: Gasometer Oberhausen.
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Less aircraft noise and lower fuel consumption – three days of test flights in Frankfurt with the DLR #ATRA research aircraft for a new active noise abatement project

Reducing aircraft #noise over residential areas while saving kerosene – this dual improvement is the aim of a joint research project being conducted by #DLR and the Umwelt- und Nachbarschaftshauses (UNH) in Kelsterbach. During three days, from 26 to 28 September, DLR, using its A320 Advanced Technology Research Aircraft will be testing the Low Noise Augmentation System, a pilot assistance system for noise-optimised landing approaches.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-19394/year-all/#/gallery/24437

#aeronautics

Image: Approaching +Frankfurt Airport. Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
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#DLR and #Airbus Defence and Space sign contract for design and construction of METimage #satellite instrument

METimage, a new satellite instrument for weather and climate forecasting, is now entering its final phase. On 20 September 2016, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and Airbus Defence and Space signed an agreement for the design, construction and testing of the radiometer. The signing took place in the presence of Tobias Miethaner, Head of the Department Digital Society at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) at DLR's offices in Berlin. "METimage will enable climate monitoring and weather forecasting to be done with unprecedented levels of quality," stated Gerd Gruppe, Member of the DLR Executive Board responsible for the Space Administration. "Both are important pieces of information, not just for citizens, but also for many industrial sectors, such as energy, agriculture and transport. METimage is therefore infrastructure for tomorrow." Furthermore, during the signing ceremony, a Cooperation Agreement between DLR and +EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, for the integration of METimage into the European weather satellite system #EUMETSAT Polar System - Second Generation (EPS-SG) was confirmed.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-19352/year-all/#/gallery/24393
METimage, a new satellite instrument for weather and climate forecasting, is now entering its final phase. On 20 September 2016, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt;...
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The German Aerospace Center, DLR, is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space, transport and energy. Editors: Karin Ranero (KR) and Peter Clissold (PC). Imprint: http://www.dlr.de/imprint
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