Video: Bolden, DLR Chief Talk Challenges

DLR — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and DLR Chairman Johann-Dietrich Wörner share personal reflections and perspectives on international collaboration and examine the challenges that lie ahead in space exploration in a ‘Masters with Masters’ event at NASA Headquarters.

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Germany Revamps Space Policy

German space technology for the ISS – integration of the ATV 2 transporter at Astrium in Bremen. (Credit: Astrium GmbH)

This has been a busy year for Germany’s space agency, DLR. The German government has recently overhauled the nation’s space policy. DLR also recently signed an agreement with NASA to expand cooperation in radar mapping satellites, lunar research and other areas.

A press release describing the policy overhaul follows. Following that, there is a Q&A interview with DLR Chairman Johann-Dietrich Wörner in which he expands that was recently published on the space agency’s website.

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NASA Lunar Science Institute Becoming Global Center for Moon Research

The NASA Lunar Science Institute at Ames is gradually becoming a global center for the study of Earth’s closest celestial neighbor. NASA recently announced a new partnership with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) that involves more than 30 organizations across that nation (see press release after the break). The Institute also has established the following partnerships:

  • Canadian Lunar Research Network (CLRN)
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
  • Open University (United Kingdom)
  • King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) — Saudi Arabia
  • Ben-Gurion University at the Negev (Israel)
  • VU University Amsterdam.

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NASA-DLR Accord Deepens German-American Space Cooperation

NASA PRESS RELEASE

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Chairman of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Executive Board Johann-Dietrich Worner signed a framework agreement for cooperative activities in aeronautics, exploration and the peaceful use of space Wednesday at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The agreement is intended to enhance cooperation between the two agencies during the next decade.

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NASA, DLR Look to Deepen Ties as Germany Carves Out Niche in Robotics

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver is in Berlin this week to attend the International Aerospace Exhibition, where she will hold talks with DLR Chairman Johann-Dietrich Wörner about deepening ties between the two space agencies:

NASA-DLR efforts are likely to be focused on Earth observation technologies – including DLR’s strong suit of space-based radar – as well as composite materials, robotics and laser communications, says Wörner, who stresses that technologies geared to battling climate change are a priority.

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ESA Grapples With Tight Budgets; DLR Escapes German Budget Cuts

Spaceflight Now reports that ESA is going through some belt tightening as it deals with the global recession:

The European Space Agency’s spending freeze is not delaying missions yet, but all options will be on the table as the cash-strapped agency prepares for even tighter budgets in 2011 and 2012, the organization’s top financial official said.

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German Minister Proposes $2 Billion Moon Mission

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Space official proposes billion-euro German moon mission
Deutsche Welle


A German government official has called for the country to launch an unmanned mission to the moon by 2015. The project would boost research, but currently there’s hardly the money for such high-flying ventures.

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ESA Opens New Business Incubator in Germany

ESA, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German federal state of Bavaria and the German bank Kreissparkasse München Starnberg opened the fourth ESA Business Incubation Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen on 3 August. Over the next four years, some 40 company start-ups are expected to be supported there. From left to right: Frank M. Salzgeber (Head of Technology Transfer Programme Office in ESA), Thorsten Rudolph (Head of Anwendungszentrum GmbH), Martin Zeil (Bavarian Minister of State for Business, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology), Jean-Jacques Dordain (Director General of ESA), Prof. Johann-Dietrich Wörner (Chairman of DLR Executive Board) and Josef P. Bittscheidt (Chairman, Kreissparkasse München Starnberg). Credits: ESA/Simone Hörmann
ESA, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German federal state of Bavaria and the German bank Kreissparkasse München Starnberg opened the fourth ESA Business Incubation Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen on 3 August. Over the next four years, some 40 company start-ups are expected to be supported there. From left to right: Frank M. Salzgeber (Head of Technology Transfer Programme Office in ESA), Thorsten Rudolph (Head of Anwendungszentrum GmbH), Martin Zeil (Bavarian Minister of State for Business, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology), Jean-Jacques Dordain (Director General of ESA), Prof. Johann-Dietrich Wörner (Chairman of DLR Executive Board) and Josef P. Bittscheidt (Chairman, Kreissparkasse München Starnberg). Credits: ESA/Simone Hörmann

ESA PRESS RELEASE

ESA, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German federal state of Bavaria and the German bank Kreissparkasse München Starnberg opened the fourth ESA Business Incubation Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen on 3 August. Over the next four years, some 40 company start-ups are expected to be supported there.

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