HERE’S WHY - What sounds like a moment of misfortune is actually completely intentional. Our experiments go into free fall at the Drop Tower to gain up to ten seconds of weightlessness. By doing this, we perform research that would otherwise mainly have to be done in space. It becomes faster, easier, and more cost effective as a result. The research findings from weightlessness are relevant for space travel, e.g., for the development of life-support systems or fire safety for astronauts. What’s more, many findings sooner or later become a core part of day-to-day life on Earth, with low-emission engines, energy-saving displays, devices to measure large objects, and much more.
HERE’S WHY - The Drop Tower is part of the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM), which means it is one of the University of Bremen’s buildings and research laboratories. Many of our colleagues here conduct lectures, seminars, teaching projects, and international programs of study for students.