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Im Einsatz für die Sicherheit %2d Flugversuchsingenieurin Ina Niewind

Committed to safety – flight test engineer Ina Niewind

24. May 2011

While pilots at the controls of an F-4F Phantom II or Eurofighter conduct test flights at altitudes of several thousand metres, their 'client' stands on the ground below. As a flight test engineer at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Ina Niewind ensures that aircraft will be able to operate even more safely in the future. She prepares flight tests, defines the test plans, reviews the responses of the aircraft and the reactions of the pilot, and afterwards, carefully evaluates the results.

Analysing the atmosphere – lidar technology improves safety in air transport

9. May 2011

After the eruption of the Icelandic Eyjafjallajökull volcano in April 2010, a cloud of fine-grained ash particles spread quickly towards central Europe. Large segments of the airspace were closed by the authorities because the engines of aircraft flying through ash clouds had been repeatedly damaged on previous occasions. Using lidar technology, scientists of the DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics helped to re-define safety thresholds in aviation so that more far-ranging airspace closures could be avoided.

How DLR uses high tech to fight forest fires

26. April 2011

Forest fires endanger humans and nature, pollute the atmosphere and wreak economic havoc. If detected at an early stage, the damage they leave behind may be limited. Using cameras and satellite-enhanced early detection systems, DLR has declared war on the flames.

How DLR laser systems will detect hazardous substances to protect the population

How DLR laser systems will detect hazardous substances to protect the population

11. April 2011

Whether deliberate or unintentional, any release of hazardous chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear, or explosive substances (CBRNE) may have devastating consequences. The DLR Institute of Technical Physics is developing innovative methods for tracking down and identifying such substances in time.

Security at mass events

Security at mass events – support from the air

28. March 2011

Every year, the Oktoberfest in Munich attracts around six million people. Should anything unforeseen happen, the visitors’ safety may be acutely threatened. A technology developed by DLR’s Applied Remote Sensing Cluster permits authorities to analyse groups of persons and their direction of movement on the basis of current aerial photographs.

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Effective communication in a crisis - e-Triage

8. March 2011

When a disaster occurs, emergency response services are strained to the limit. What is available in terms of staff and vehicles is often inadequate for treating and transporting all victims immediately. Moreover, bottlenecks may occur in the transport of relief material to the site.

Das DLR 2011 %2d Forschung hat hohen Stellenwert

DLR 2011 – research has high priority in Germany

26. January 2011

The missions and projects planned by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in 2011 underline the importance of research in Germany, specifically in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security. Highlights were presented at a new year press conference in Berlin with Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the Executive Board, and Ulrich Wagner, Board Member for Energy and Transport.

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