drop tower bremen
weightless* in Bremen: germany's anti-gravity machine
- The Guardian published a video about the Drop Tower Bremen. (click to watch the video)
drop tower history
- The Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) was founded in September 1985 as a scientific unit of the Department of Production Engineering at the University of Bremen.
- In February 1987 the planning and construction period of the Drop Tower Bremen began. With a total height of 146 m the drop tower consists of a steal tube enclosed by an outwall of concrete.
- In September 1990 the microgravity laboratory started its operation and the ZARM Drop Tower Operation and Service Company (ZARM FAB mbH) owned by the State Government of Bremen was established as a public company.
- At the drop tower facility two different microgravity modes are available: the customer can choose between a single drop experiment with a free-fall duration of 4.74 s and a catapult experiment with 9.3 s of weightlessness.
- The world-wide unique capsule catapult system developed by ZARM has started its operation of microgravity experiments in December 2004.
- Up to now ZARM‘s drop tower is the only facility in Europe for short-term experiments under conditions of high-quality weightlessness with residual gravitational accelerations in the microgravity regime (10-6 g).
- In comparison to orbital platforms the ground-based microgravity laboratory Drop Tower Bremen represents an economic alternative with a permanent access to weightlessness on earth.