press releases

Pulsar and Black Hole / Copyright Ralph Eatough/MPIfR

Black holes recalculated

2022/09/23

Based on Einstein's theory, ZARM scientists were able to mathematically prove that with the help of a pulsar the rotation of a black hole can be calculated even more precisely than before. more

The ZARM at night: Bremen plays an important role in basic research and the development of technologies for space missions and microgravity experiments, making it a suitable host for the Astronomical Society’s 2022 Annual Meeting.

From Bremen to the Stars: Astronomical Society Annual Meeting

2022/09/12

From September 12 to 16, the University of Bremen is hosting the Annual Meeting of the German Astronomical Society – AG (Astronomische Gesellschaft). Under the theme “Astronomy from Ground to Space,” participants will discuss the...more

In a parabolic flight, researchers from the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) at the University of Bremen want to test a concept for the filling and transfer of liquid propellants in microgravity. Credit: DLR/Xiomara Bender

ZARM scientists onboard of the 39th parabolic flight

2022/09/06

Refueling an aircraft in the air is nothing new. But how can we perform this maneuver in space under microgravity? Future long-term exploration missions will require a concept for propellant filling-stations.more

Graphic of the plans for the ERIS buildings (copyright: R. Waclavicek, LSG)

Bremen expertise in exploration research in high demand

2022/08/25

ZARM plays a key role in the conception of a large-scale research facility for the extraction and processing of raw materials on the Moonmore

Illustration of a photobioreactor as part of a biological life support system for a Mars habitat. (Copyright: Joris Wegner / ZARM, Universität Bremen)
Cultivation of duckweed on the basis of Anabaena sp. PCC 7938 biomass in comparison to high-purity water (ddH2O) and a standard nutrient solution (Hoagland) (Copyright: Guillaume Chopin / ZARM, Universität Bremen)

Mars dust as a basis for life? No problem for certain bacteria

2022/08/10

An international research team led by ZARM scientist Dr. Cyprien Verseux has identified a cyanobacteria subspecies that seems to be best suited for use in a biological life support system that would allow humans to survive on...more

Ömer Akay and Katharina Brinkert working on the experiment set up at ZARM

New system for oxygen extraction in weightlessness

2022/08/09

Drop tower experiment proves that magnets can provide a simpler method of oxygen provision for astronautsmore

Smiles all round for winning the DLR Design Challenge: Florian Meyer, Christian Eigenbrod, and Lutz Mädler (from left) at the presentation ceremony in Berlin. © IWT

DLR Design Challenge Has Been Won: Smoke Detector “Sniffs out” Causes of Fire

2022/07/13

A smoke detector that can “sniff out” causes of fire before it breaks out: A team from the university’s Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) has now won a prize in a major innovation competition.more

© Joris Wegner / Universität Bremen.
Using interdisciplinary research to develop entirely new solutions for life and survival on Mars – that is the approach of the “Humans on Mars” initiative of the University of Bremen and its partners.

Humans on Mars: Pathways Toward Sustainable Settlement

2022/07/05

Is sustainable human exploration of Mars possible? How will humans affect the new environment? Around 60 researchers from the University of Bremen and other institutes are investigating these questions as part of an initiative. more

Implementing the experiment set-up.
Implementing the experiment set-up.
Teams of the International School Bremen and the DLR_School_Lab. (ⒸDLR)

Hands-on space: school teams experimenting in the Drop Tower

2022/07/05

The Drop Tower Project for School Students (DroPS) is an annual competition with the aim of getting young people excited about science and technology during their school education. more

Official presentation of the GraviTower Bremen Pro

2022/06/08

ZARM's new high-performance laboratory was formally presented to the public for the first time. Rewatch the hybrid event from 14. June 2022.more

ZARM now on LinkedIn

2022/05/23

The time has come – ZARM is now also present on @LinkedIn and we are looking forward to networking with you. Get ready for new insights into our labs and the work of our scientists. more

The experimental set-up is only as small as a beverage can.

School Students Build their own Mini Satellites

2022/03/25

Live event on April 5th, 2022: For the eighth time, students in Bremen will use a rocket to launch their selfmade mini satellites to an altitude of one kilometer. more

Combustion process of oxygen droplet in microgravity

Like Fire and Ice

2022/03/07

Hydrogen and oxygen are the holy grail of rocket engines, but how do they burn? ZARM scientists used experiments in weightlessness to simplify the complex spray combustion process and found out that a layer of ice forms around...more

© University of Bremen; Previous approaches to the description of the molecular diameter
© University of Bremen; Mass flow in microchannels as a function of the scale range of the free molecular path length
© University of Bremen; Scale range of the average free molecular path length

More exact measurement of gas molecules

2022/02/09

Scientists from the University of Bremen have developed a new method to determine the diameter of molecules in rarefied gasesmore

Integration of the fuel tank
Test pilot Oliver Seack (higher resolution available)

Cancelled: First lift off for students' aircraft

2021/11/26

Cancellation: Ultralight aircraft ZODIAC CH601 XL will not take off from the airfield Rotenburg/Wümme on Saturday, 4th December 2021 at 12 o'clock for its official maiden flightmore

Interview situation with Dr. Katharina Brinkert

New field of research at ZARM

2021/11/18

The new research group in the field of space exploration is investigating how oxygen and hydrogen can be produced in microgravity using sunlight.more

Participants of last year's DroPS observe the integration of their experiment capsule.

DroPS 7.0 - School students' experiments are starting into the next round!

2021/11/11

The DroPS Brainstorming Workshop starts on 16 November 2021 - Join in now! more

Analog astronauts during an extravehicular activity in the Negev Desert; the Mars habitat. Source: AMADEE-20/ Florian Voggeneder

Uni Bremen involved in AMADEE-20 Mars Simulation

2021/10/27

Not on Mars but at the simulated Mars mission in the Israeli Negev Desert, scientists of the Uni Bremen carried out two projects that focussed on the team performance of the crews and the design of airlocks for habitats.more

Nobel Prize for Black Holes

2020/10/07

Within the last four years the Nobel Prize was awarded to gravitational physics three times - a proof of the great impact of this field of research.more

Start of the NG-14 from Wallops Island, Virginia, USA.
SAFFIRE logo
Acrylic sample is being integrated in the SAFFIRE V module

Ready for ignition

2020/10/06

Lift off for the Antares rocket on October 3, 2020. Also on board: an experiment on fire safety in human space flight designed by ZARM.more

All set for the free fall! School teams test their experiments at ZARM

2019/06/05

On 29 May 2019, ZARM was occupied by school students. On occasion of the "DroPs" outreach project, three Bremen school teams "dropped" their own experiments in the drop tower - like real scientists. more

Vorbereitungen zum Start der MAIUS-1 Höhenforschungsrakete am Esrange Space Center im nordschwedischen Kiruna. Der erfolgreiche Flug erfolgte am 23. Januar 2017. 
Quelle: Thomas Schleuss

Bose-Einstein condensates created in space

2018/10/18

The first creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate in space is reported this week in Nature. ZARM scientists were involved in the MAIUS-1 mission, a poineering sounding-rocket experiment in the field of fundamental physics.more

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