The study of the processing-structure-properties-performance relationships of materials and the paradigm to improve efficiency of materials is the focus of the Material Science in Variable Gravity Group. This group implements material synthesis in low gravity, unit gravity, and high gravity conditions to vary convection and buoyancy driven forces during the synthesis of materials. The combination of advanced synthesis techniques, the use of variable gravity, and numerical analysis of optimal structures yields high-efficient materials...more...

Motions with different length scales were traditionally studied within different disciplines. This can be demonstrated by the study of fluid flow and heat transfer problems: “Molecular Dynamics” focuses on the microscopic movements of fluid atoms and molecules; Continuous fluids which are composed of a large amount of molecules are the subject of “Fluid Mechanics”; The behavior of the flows and heat transfer in a large system, e.g. a gas turbine, are usually assessed by the tools in “Thermodynamics”...more...

Elon Musk’s red Tesla symbolizes a renewed enthusiasm for space: Humankind is on its way to Mars. Decades after the Apollo missions, we again have a rocket powerful enough to transport humans beyond low Earth orbit. And it’s not just American businessmen who pursue the dream of venturing deeper into space. Space agencies like Europe’s ESA with its Moon Village concept are hoping to land humans on the Moon in the next 20 years, and later even on Mars... more...

The LASM was created, primarily, to develop microbe-based technologies in support of future crewed outposts beyond Earth.

Sending humans to Mars within a few decades is now a realistic goal of leading entities of the space sector, be they public agencies or private companies. While first missions will likely be short-term, a permanently or semi-permanently inhabited outpost, akin to polar stations, would be desirable to perform extensive research activity on site. more...

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